Accessibility toolkit

The accessibility toolkit is a compilation of resources and tools from leading experts in accessibility. Technology changes so quickly, it’s hard to keep track of changes in software. That’s why we’re pointing you straight to the source. This way, you don’t get out-of-date instructions from us, and we don’t need to constantly update the material. Use these resources to gain a better understanding of why accessibility is important, how to take an inclusive approach to content and how to test for accessibility.

Inclusive design

Understanding inclusive device personalisation

Making inclusive content decisions

1. Audit

If you haven’t done a recent content audit, evaluate your content and remove out-of-date web pages and documents. If it’s not useful, current or popular, you may be able to delete it.

2. Prioritise

Sort your remaining content by date to prioritise what needs to be made accessible first.

  1. Any new web content or documents need to be accessible. No exceptions.
  2. Prioritise legacy content created after 31 December 2014 based on:
    1. importance – legal or business requirement? Does it align with directorate/unit priorities? Some other obligation to have the content?
    2. popularity – use analytics to find out views/downloads. Do a lot of people use it? If it’s not being used, consider deleting.
  3. Prioritise legacy content created before 31 December 2014 based on:
    1. importance.
    2. popularity.

3. Plan

Create a timeline and assign the people responsible for making your content accessible within 6 to 12 months, depending on how much you have. Use this Google sheets accessibility planner template to start planning.

  1. Fill it out with your existing content (copy URLs from your content audit if you have done one).
  2. Give scores based on importance and popularity and give a priority number.
  3. Arrange in order of the priority column.
  4. Assign a date in the next 6 months to make accessible.
  5. Assign a person responsible.
  6. Document date completed.

4. Create with accessibility in mind

5. Health checks

Do regular audits of your content to pick up any accessibility errors.

Content Creation

Images and graphics

Video

Testing accessibility

Colour contrast

Websites