Web Accessibility Legislation


Web Accessibility Legislation  - info provided by NC Enabling SIG relating to pre-recorded videos

If an organisation is aiming to comply with Public Sector Body Web Accessibility Regulations, then pre-recorded video published on or after 23rd September 2020 should have captions. Video published before this date is exempt, as is live video. The regulations only apply to video that has remained online for 14 days or more. The standard that the regulations ask for is WCAG 2.1 Level AA.

The Equality Act 2010 also still applies, so if a deaf or hard of hearing student is on a course, it would be reasonable to provide captions, or live notes, on live teaching content to enable that student to access the session. There is no guidance as yet about how accurate captions must be. Using automated captioning software is an option, but if you’re relying on this, students need to be made aware that there may be mistakes.

The following links offer further guidance:

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines relating to media. 

Captions - Live material

Captions - Pre-recorded material

The UCISA Document ‘Digital Accessibility legislation The Directors’ Cut’ provides a good overall summary of the legislation. In terms of possible repercussions the EDUCAUSE Accessibility risk statements (although a US resource) summarised at https://www.d.umn.edu/~lcarlson/atteam/reports/litigation/risks.html are useful, identifying 18 risk statements around accessibility and higher education.