What do we mean?

Accessible means something is usable by as many people as possible, regardless of their cognitive, physical or cultural situation.

We have a responsibility as educators, as humans and by law to make content digitally accessible.

 Further information

Digital Accessibility Hub

5 steps towards accessible content

Use these steps to start your journey in making your content accessible to everyone.

1. Meaningful Links

Descriptive link text (e.g. "Programme Handbook (PDF)" vs "Download here") makes the purpose of each link clear and avoids confusion.

  • Make link names meaningful and descriptive
  • Don't paste in the full URL

2. Using Colour

It's common that not all users perceive colour as we intend (approximately 1 in 12 males, 1 in 200 females have some colour vision deficiency), so we need to make sure colour combinations are distinguishable and we don't only rely on colour to convey information

  • In addition to colour, use other methods to convey information (e.g. labels and patterns)
  • Avoid tricky color combinations
  • Make sure there is enough contrast between different elements

3. Add Headings and Structure 

​Heading styles format text consistently and allow assistive technology users navigate your content.

  • Always use heading styles in Word/Moodle
  • Don't manually format text
  • In PowerPoint, use the default layouts or check the reading order of added textboxes and images for slides

4. Use Accessibility Checkers

Use Office 365 & Blackboard Ally to automatically flag accessibility issues.

5. Learn about accessibility

Build on these first steps and engage with accessibility training opportunities to suit you:


Updated on: 8 September 2022