People access our website(s) using a variety of different devices, from desktop computers, mobile phones, laptops, tablets to screen readers. This could also include people who use assistive technology instead of the standard mouse, keyboard and monitor setup. It is important that we create content that is accessible to the widest possible audience especially people with disabilities.
A disability might affect vision, manual dexterity, cognition or reading. It might be permanent, but anyone can be temporarily or situationally disabled (for example, the user accessing your website on their phone in bright sunlight, while holding a baby in their other hand has a very different experience from doing the same task relaxed at home on their laptop).
It's important that we don't discriminate against people being able to consume only some of our content. Being inclusive creates a good reputation and shows that we have high standards in business ethics. There are also legal obligations to provide an inclusive education under UK law including the Equality Act 2010 and the recent regulations for public sector websites.
The web team have built the structure of the website with accessibility in mind by creating templates using an inclusive design and user centred design process. Writing accessible content can also improve the experience for every user. It is the responsibility of content editors to create and maintain content that is accessible and inclusive to all users.