Accessibility regulations for public sector bodies came into force on 23rd September 2018. These regulations, known as The Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No.2) Accessibility Regulations 2018, build on existing obligations to people who have a disability under the Equality Act 2010.
If your website was published before 23rd September 2018, then you have until next year (23rd September 2020) to become compliant. However, if your website was published after the 23rd September 2018, you should have made changes to the site, and it should be compliant, and an Accessibility Statement published.
Your website supplier should be able to support you in ensuring your website code is meeting accessibility compliancy codes, but you need to ensure the content is.
If you are creating a new website, you need to meet accessibility standards, therefore, think about accessibility up front! You can choose software and use processes that build accessibility into what you do.
Published: 14/10/2019 Published by: James Proctor
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