Accessibility training and resources
There are a wide range of training and guidance resources available to staff working on accessibility
The University has negotiated and secured a framework agreement with AbilityNet, who supply accessibility services. This agreement, which applies through 2024, focuses on accessibility consultancy, testing and auditing. If you would like to take advantage of the services under this agreement please reach out to our main contact who will be able to arrange an initial call to discuss your requirement.
Silktide framework agreement
The University has negotiated a framework agreement with Silktide, which provides accessibility checking and quality control of websites. If you are interested in what Silktide can provide, please visit the Oxford-specific Silktide page for demo and contact information.
Resources for University web platforms
A number of teams and departments within the University have published guidance or helpful information specific to their platforms:
- Accessibility guidance for UAS Mosaic sites
- Accessibility and the Mosaic platform
- Accessibility on the Haiku platform (Med Sci)
Resources for teaching and learning
The Centre for Teaching and Learning provides guidance on making teaching and learning resources accessible to students, including resources on:
- Accessible and inclusive teaching
- Creating accessible videos
- Accessible and inclusive Canvas courses
- Creating accessible PowerPoint presentations
- Government Digital Services introduction to accessibility
- Government Digital Services accessibility blog
- Helpful dos and don'ts on designing for accessibility from the Home Office
- Jisc’s accessibility guidance
- WebAim provides articles on aspects of accessibility, as well as the WAVE page checking tool
- AbilityNet has a selection of free resources, including factsheets, webinars and advice on workplace adjustments
Making your digital products and services accessible for all can improve the experience for all users, as well as ensuring that individuals with disabilities can gain equal access. However, learning about digital accessibility can be daunting when faced.
With the help of AbilityNet, IT Services have run several webinars to guide you through the array of legal, technical and medical guidance involved in Web Accessibility, and the recordings of these webinars have been made available to all at the University via a Digital Accessibility page in the IT Learning Centre Digital Skills catalogue.
- PAD’s accessibility training slides
- GDS virtual conference on accessibility (May 2020) - including information on crafting accessibility statements and how to do basic checks
For questions about accessibility and digital communications, please contact the Digital Communications team in PAD: