(Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.)
The accessibility regulations came into force for public sector bodies on 23 September 2018. The regulations say you must make your website more accessible by making it ‘perceivable, operable, understandable and robust’. We need to include and update an accessibility statement on your website.
Making a website accessible means making sure it can be used by as many people as possible. This includes those with:
cognitive impairments or learning disabilities
deafness or impaired hearing
However we can declare that making particular things accessible is a disproportionate burden, but we are legally required to carry out an assessment. In that assessment we weigh up, roughly speaking:
the burden that making those things accessible places on your organisation
the benefits of making those things accessible
When making our assessment, we need to consider:-
our organisation’s size and resources
the nature of our organisation (for example, do you have services aimed at people who are likely to have a disability?)
how much making things accessible would cost and the impact that would have on our organisation
how much disabled users would benefit from us making things accessible
We might judge that the benefits of making some things accessible would not justify the cost to our organisation. In that case, we can claim it would not be reasonable for us to make those things accessible because it’s a disproportionate burden.