UK prepares to implement EU Directive on accessibility of public sector websites and mobile applications

UK Accessibility Poster

UK Accessibility Poster

The UK Government Digital Service finished collecting responses from a consultation on how to implement the EU Directive on the accessibility of public sector websites and mobile apps. The consultation collected views from different stakeholders explaining how they would comply with the new accessibility rules, how to monitor and enforce them, and how to incorporate the Directive’s regulations into the UK law.

In essence, the EU Directive on accessibility of public sector websites and mobile applications requires public sector entities to make their services accessible for persons with disabilities in most cases. To comply with this regulation, it suggests that organizations use the latest Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 as a guide.

The consultation document provides some additional details about the requirements for accessibility. For instance, it gives a list of exemptions to the regulation, including for example live video, online maps and mapping services, third party content and the reproduction of items in heritage collections. In some cases, public bodies will be exempt from applying the accessibility rules if they would represent a significant burden to the organization.

Sources: UK Authority, GAATES