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Digital Accessibility

Applying universal design principles to create an accessible online campus for all.

What is digital accessibility?

  • Digital accessibility is about proactively designing our websites, resources and apps so they can be used by as many people as possible.
  • We can make our online services accessible to everyone by following the guidelines set by the 2018 Public Sector Body Accessibility Regulations (PSBAR) and applying universal design for learning principles.
  • On this page you can find out more about the regulations, what the university is doing about digital accessibility and how you can play your part.

Read about the universal design for learning principles.

Upgrade your digital accessibility skillset

Advice and guidance for staff and students on how to make your work and teaching more accessible and some useful programmes to add to your online toolkit.

Guidance for students

How to make your documents, videos and presentations more digitally accessible and some helpful software for working online.

Guidance for staff

Training to help make your work and teaching more digitally accessible, including creating accessible presentations and documents.

Expand your understanding

Further reading and resources to help with digital accessibility.

Join in and keep up to date

Explore regular workshops and meetups below and find a full list of events in our events calendar. Join the Accessible Documents Google Group for updates and news.

Creating accessible documents

Our workshop will show you how ‘universal design’ can help everyone, not just those with an accessibility need.

Join the workshop

Accessible documents meet up

Join our online monthly meetup to share resources or discuss a challenge that you would like help with.

Online meetups

Accessible Documents Google Group

Join the Google Group to ask questions, support each other and keep up with the news.

Support and news

Digital Accessibility Events

View a full list of internal and external digital accessibility events and subscribe to the Google calendar.

Events calendar

What we're doing

How we're embedding digital accessibility into our online presence at York.

Championing accessibility

Accessibility is part of our ethos at the University of York.

Meeting regulations

Our websites and digital resources have to meet WCAG 2.1 AA standards and have accessibility statements.

Overseeing progress

The e-accessibility working group oversees progress on accessible teaching and learning, assistive technology, training and accessibility statements.