FREE digital accessibility links, resources and other related information

FREE digital accessibility links, resources and other related information:

Digital accessibility is much more than just about compliance and it is important to realise this from the outset. You will also need to be aware that automatic web and mobile accessibility evaluation tools can only assist you with testing, simple fixes and reporting. It is for this reason we recommend that you combine automatic testing with manual checks, and include where possible disabled people and accessibility experts in your evaluation workflow.

Web accessibility testing and evaluation:

Introductory checks for those new to web accessibility

  • Easy checks: for example, checking that images have alternative text (“alt text”) descriptions.

More advanced web accessibility testing and evaluation

Mobile accessibility testing:

  • Android and iOS (this includes the use of built in mobile screen readers).

PDF Accessibility:

PDF Accessibility Checker: PAC3 (for Windows only)

Adobe Acrobat Pro DC: Accessibility Checker

Microsoft Word (Office 365): Accessibility Checker

The language of disability when writing evaluation reports:

In the UK, the phrase disabled people is more prevalent whereas in countries, such as the US, the preferred phrase is People with Disabilities (PwDs). Scope use the Social Model of Disability to explain why and how disabled people are disabled by society and its infrastructure. For example, a wheel chair user is able to move freely and independently on a flat surface but will encounter a barrier if steps are provided, rather than a ramp, to enter a building.

GOV.UK provide a useful overview for words to use and avoid when writing about disabilityand the NHS also offer advice when writing about disability. The British Dyslexia Association (BDA) refer to dyslexic people rather than people with or who have dyslexia