Accessibility services for the Public Sector
Nomensa provide a range of accessibility services suitable for Public Sector organisations meeting the UK's Public Sector Bodies Accessibility Regulations 2018.
There are many types and sizes of Public Sector bodies. Some might simply want an accessibility audit to verify a website meets the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1. For larger organisations, we recommend a programme of work that fits in with its structure and needs.
The larger the organisation and digital estate, the more we would want to use training and systematic methods to ensure accessibility, rather than just conducting acessibility audits.
A programme might involve:
• An accessibility audit to establish the current level of accessibility
• A workshop with key stakeholders to identify where issues come from, and where training should be focused
• A training workshop (or series of workshops) with project teams to ensure everyone knows what they need to do
• Some ad-hoc consultancy to assist with aspects such as: fixing barriers found, establishing automated testing and writing an accessibility statement.
New government legislation means that from the 23rd September 2018, Public Sector bodies have a year to include an accessibility statement on new websites and another year to resolve issues and create one for current websites.
What is an accessibility statement?
An accessibility statement is a powerful declaration of commitment. It says: 'We consider accessibility to be highly important and here is the level of accessibility we have currently achieved.'
The statement should outline a website or app's overall accessibility based on WCAG 2.1 at level AA. Ideally, it should also provide advice on how to achieve things if they do face accessibility barriers.
In order to have a statement, you will need to conduct accessibility testing.
Once you know what level of accessibility your site meets, or what the barriers might be, you can use our Accessibility Statement Generator to create a statement.