Everyone needs to know - Getting started with accessibility

Things you can do to learn about accessibility.

Book an accessibility training session

The Government Digital Service (GDS) runs introductions to accessibility for people who work in public sector services.

Find a cross-government training event.

Learn on your own

You can learn a lot through reading blogs and watching videos. There are some good resources online.

Online resources

Book a session in an accessibility lab

An accessibility lab will give you hands-on experience of some of the technologies that people use with online services. Some labs also have goggles that simulate visual impairments and headphones to simulate hearing loss.

Public sector organisations can book a visit to the GDS "empathy" lab. NHS Digital is setting up its own accessibility lab. We'll post details here when it's ready.

Try out assistive technologies

Get some understanding of how different technologies work. Use a screenreader, for example, and check how your web pages or other websites perform.

If you have a Mac, try out VoiceOver, or download NVDA for Windows.

If you're not confident about doing this, book a session in an accessibility lab first.

Talk to other people with an interest in accessibility

Join the GOV.UK accessibility community or talk to NHS colleagues on our public Slack workspace to get advice and support, stay up to date and share examples.

Would you like to contribute to this guidance?

Please let us know how this has worked for you and, in particular, if you have research findings to share. This will help us improve it for everyone.

Before you start, you will need a GitHub account. It's an open forum where we collect feedback.

If you have any questions, you can message us on Slack. You will need a Slack account if you do not have one. Or you can contact us by email.

Updated: July 2019