Key Points
  • Learn how to set standards and embed accessibility in your wider digital strategy
  • Review accessibility as part of your organisational culture
  • Simple tools, and practical guidance for carrying out accessibility checks and making reasonable adjustments
  • Top tips and guidance for creating accessible content
  • Ensure compliance with regulations and benchmark your performance
  • Review resources and tools to check and improve accessibility in your website
  • Best practice for user centred content and design
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Overview
At least 1 in 5 people in the UK have a long-term illness, impairment, or disability. Many more have a temporary disability.**

It is a legal requirement to make your website and apps accessible to all users in your public sector organisation.

Join us online for this practical and interactive one-day course to learn tools that will help you improve accessibility in your digital communications, starting with your website and setting the standards across your digital channels.

Discover ways to enhance your accessibility strategy throughsimple changes that can make a real difference to the user’s experience. Get the guidance, skills and tools you need to comply with the latest accessibility standards and ensure your website meets regulations.

From the basic dos and don’ts to more mature accessibility checks, George Rhodes will share his expert advice on how to start and progress your accessibility journey.

Take away guidance on how to prioritise, review, and describe your content so that everyone can engage with your organisation. Learn how to educate staff about the easy steps they can take ensure all digital content reaches a wide and inclusive audience .

Gain the skills and tools that are easy to access for every member of your organisation. Without requiring a deep level of technical expertise, this course will be aimed at anyone working to improve accessibility in their communication outlets.

About the Workshop Leader:
George Rhodes is an experienced and award-winning public-sector professional having worked with Central and Local Government, Universities, Colleges, Schools, NHS, Police Forces, Fire & Rescue Services and more to deliver value for money, effective and secure IT services. For several years George's focus has been on the delivery of accessible and inclusive services for all citizens and is known for his extensive knowledge on UK accessibility legislation.

Guest speakers from Worcestershire County Council and Manchester County Council will share their experiences of the trailblazing SCULPT framework, with a practical guide, bite sized resources and first-hand experience of implementation. TextBox will walk you through the essentials of user centred design

** https://www.gov.uk/guidance/accessibility-requirements-for-public-sector-websites-and-apps

Agenda
Start

10:00 - 10:10
Course Introduction

 

10:10 - 11:00
Setting Standards for your Digital Accessibility Strategy

 
  • Understanding requirements and ensuring compliance 
  • Engaging a wider range of users
  • Optimising resources to create accessible content 
  • Recognising concerns and dealing with resistance within your organisation 
  • Bridging responsibilities and skills gaps to create accessible content  
Session led by George Rhodes

10:50 - 11:05
Morning Break

 

11:00 - 12:00
Creating a Digital Accessibility Strategy for Your Web and Beyond

 
  • Best practice and guidelines for accessible content design 
  • Understanding reasonable adjustments everyone can make  
  • Carrying out accessibility checks  
  • Removing, transforming, and redesigning content  
  • Embedding Accessibility Across Your Organisation  
Worcestershire Council will share their SCULPT framework, and hear from early adopters Manchester City Council 

Speakers

Kathryn McCall Senior Communications Officer- Digital Team, Manchester City Council

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Helen Wilson Web Development and Digital Content Designer, Worcestershire County Council

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12:00 - 12:10
Break

 

12:10 - 13:10
User Centred Design

 
  • Front End Design layout    
  • Language and communication tools to improve accessibility  
  • Content Design 
  • Replacing sensory characteristics with alternate text  
Participants will hear best practice from Huw Alexander - expert on image descriptions

Speakers

Huw Alexander Managing Director, Text Box

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13:10 - 13:45
Measuring User Engagement for Service Improvement

 
  • Utilising data and analytics to better understand users behaviour and needs
  • Gathering evidence for improvement   
  • Identifying relevant metrics  and prioritising action
Session led by George Rhodes

13:45 - 14:30
Lunch Break

 

14:30 - 15:30
Accessible Service Design

 
  • Co-Production: Trailing and testing user interaction – Engaging disabled users in research and design
  • Nudges and effective alternatives to improve engagement  
  • Going back to basics, understanding the essence of the service  
  • Facilitating an online services through simpler approaches 
Participants will get practical examples from government online services which show how small changes and nudges can make a big difference 

Session led by George Rhodes

15:30 - 16:00
Course Review and Closure

 

End

Speakers

Huw Alexander Managing Director, Text Box

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Kathryn McCall Senior Communications Officer- Digital Team, Manchester City Council

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George Rhodes Director, All Able

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Helen Wilson Web Development and Digital Content Designer, Worcestershire County Council

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Venue details

Online Event Broadcast Live


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