Digital Accessibility Resources

Accessible web design ensures that your digital real estate meets the needs of all your customers. At AbilityNet we believe in a digital world accessible to all. As a charity, we provide FREE support to individuals. We also have paid consultancy services, which help to pay for our charitable work. This page provides a listing of paid-for and FREE resources from AbilityNet, a well as other useful links to help you.

FREE resources from AbilityNet

AbilityNet's Digital Accessibility Products and Services

Useful FREE resources

AbilityNet Resources

FREE resources from AbilityNet

Accessibility standards

Blogs and news from AbilityNet

We regularly post blogs about accessibility. Featured blogs you may find useful include:

Five golden rules for compliant alt-text.
http://www.abilitynet.org.uk/blog/five-golden-rules-compliant-alt-text

How Preston City Council got to grips with web accessibility. 
http://www.abilitynet.org.uk/blog/how-preston-city-council-got-grips-web-accessibility

See our latest news and blogs for lots of up-to-date digital accessibility information.

Build a business case for accessibility

Convince stakeholders to invest in accessibility

Digital accessibility champions

FREE webinars from AbilityNet

TechShare Pro 365: Thought leadership

TechShare Pro is the UK's largest meet-up of accessibility professionals.

AbilityNet's TechShare Procast logoThe TechShare Procast - AbilityNet's podcast

Hosted by AbilityNet's Head of Digital Inclusion, Robin Christopherson, and including guest presenter Steven Scott, we'll share chats with representatives from the top names in digital, including Google, Microsoft, Barclays and more, discussing the essential ingredients to a successful digital strategy and inclusive services.

AbilityNet's Digital Accessibility Products and Services

Our Digital Accessibility Services Team offer a variety of products and services including expert consultancy, accessibility auditing, diverse user testing, bespoke training and off-the-shelf tools and resources. 

For more information about our products and services or to discuss your specific requirements and receive a quote for your project please speak to our experts.


Useful FREE Resources

Accessibility standards

W3C's Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) offers an excellent resources section plus Web Content Accessibility Guidelines and Checklists.

www.w3.org/WAI/
www.w3.org/TR/2008/REC-WCAG20-20081211/ - Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0.
www.w3.org/WAI/WCAG20/quickref/ - Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 quick reference.
www.w3.org/TR/WCAG10/ Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0.
www.w3.org/TR/WCAG10/full-checklist.html Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Checklist 1.0
www.w3.org/WAI/Resources The resources section is a good place to start learning.

Legal issues

An introduction on the Law as it applies to you
www.out-law.com/page-330

The European Accessibility Act

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is the global authority on accessible design standards
www.w3c.org

The Web Design Group promotes good web design by offering a range of free technical specification references for HTML authoring plus online checking tools for verifying compatibility with relevant web design standards.
www.htmlhelp.com

Trace Research and Development Center is part of the University of Wisconsin and offers a goldmine of information and tools to help you design with accessibility in mind.
www.trace.wisc.edu

WAVE. If your website is already online its accessibility can be checked against W3C standards with Wave – a free web accessibility evaluation tool that identifies those elements that require adjusting.
wave.webaim.org

Tools

Web Accessibility Toolbar Toolbar – an excellent tool to help check the accessibility of websites.
http://www.paciellogroup.com/resources/wat-ie-about.html

Vischeck, Colour blindness simulator.
http://www.vischeck.com/

General Websites

BBC Accessibility
http://www.bbc.co.uk/accessibility

Equality Act 2010– UK Equality legislation.
http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2010/15/contents

e-Accessibility forum - UK government forum for sharing best practice
www.discuss.culture.gov.uk/eaccessibility/

Outlaw.com – contains the popular 'Disabled access to websites under UK law' guide, and news articles relating to accessibility and the law.
http://www.out-law.com/

Centre for Excellence in Universal Design - Provides a plain English interpretation of the W3C guidelines together with the reasons behind why each checkpoint is important.
http://www.universaldesign.ie/useandapply/ict/itaccessibilityguidelines/web/guidelinesforwebaccessibility

The Web Standards Project – The Web Standards Project website provides advice and information on the implementation of web standards and runs a campaign to encourage browser developers to ensure they adhere to W3C standards for code compliance. For an introduction to the rational behind standards they have an excellent educational FAQ at http://archive.webstandards.org/edu_faq.html.
http://www.webstandards.org

Useit.com – Useit.com provides advice on both accessibility and usability featuring articles and news links.
http://www.useit.com

WebAim – WebAim, the Web Accessibility in Mind Project provides a number of articles, a discussion forum and a number of simulations which is useful for testing websites.
http://www.webaim.org

The Web Design Group are excellent at demystifying the W3C recommendations and providing tutorials on accessible implementations.
http://www.htmlhelp.com

SCULPT for Accessibility - Accessible and Inclusive practice at a local council

Accessibility for Web Developers and App Developers

A List Apart – resources for people who make websites.
http://www.alistapart.com/

Accessify – Accessify provides up to date accessibility news, advice and resources.  It also hosts the Accessify Forum which is an accessibility related discussion group.
http://www.accessify.com
http://www.accessifyforum.com

AskTog – AskTOG by Bruce Tognazzini is perhaps the best place to start learning about human computer interaction (HCI).
http://www.asktog.com/basics/firstPrinciples.html

Dive Into Accessibility - Dive Into Accessibility is an online book which discusses accessible design issues and techniques.
www.onlinewebdesigndegree.com/resources/how-to-make-a-website-more-accessible/

Juicy Studio – Juicy studio provides a repository of useful articles on accessible techniques and practices together with some useful tools to assist developers in creating accessible content.
http://juicystudio.com

Nicholas Creative - a page of links offering a good cross-section of practical tools and current accessibility information
http://www.nicholascreative.com/about/resources/web-accessibility

W3C Schools – Whilst not specifically about web accessibility this website includes many tutorials on learning HTML, CSS, XML and much more.
http://www.w3schools.com

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