For King's to be the university of choice, we are dedicated to providing a comprehensive and quality service that ensures a fulfilling experience for all of our staff, students, alumni and visitors. King’s is committed to complying with the disability provisions of the Equality Act (2010), subsequent public sector Equality Duty, as well as preceding legislation such as the Special Educational Needs and Disability Act (2001).
King's joined the Business Disability Forum (BDF) in 2017 to demonstrate it's commitment to ensuring disability inclusion is a key strategic priority.
We are taking a collaborative approach, working across functions and faculties to design and deliver a disability inclusion strategy and action plan that enhances our current offer, whilst accounting for the intersectional experiences of members of our diverse community.
In order to assess our progress and understand best practice, we have developed a Disability Maturity Model. The model begins at 'Level 1 - Basic' and has 'Level 4 - Innovative' as its highest. We have assessed our progress since 2017 and have highlighed where we believe we are in our maturity in yellow. For a more detailed account of our progress on disability inclusion, please see our blog.
In November 2017, King’s completed the business Disability Forum’s Disability Standard self-assessment. The benchmarking exercise covered ten business areas, which has been developed by the BDF across multiple industries to have the most impact in accessibility, performance and productivity. It also provides the framework for the ‘Access and Inclusion Index’ offered by the Australian Network on Disability.
The Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) Accessibility Regulations 2018 came into force on 23 September 2018 and require King’s College London to ensure that all its digital content (websites, intranets, online documents and applications) comply with the WCAG 2.1AA Accessibility Standards.
King’s College London has convened a college-wide action group chaired by Sarah Guerra, Director of Equality, Diversity & Inclusion, to address the accessibility of its digital information and actions are currently being undertaken around:
- Assessing, prioritising and improving the accessibility of the 100+ digital platforms in use at King’s and highest priority is being given to those holding student teaching materials;
- Improving the accessibility of online teaching materials;
- Ensuring all future purchases or development of digital platforms are accessible;
- Ensuring that all future teaching materials being developed and uploaded are accessible.
Digital Education Accessibility Baseline KEATS Course
King's CTEL (Centre for Technology Enhanced Learning) has created a useful KEATS course that explores digital accessability. Content creators are able to self enrol on the KEATS course here.
This KEATS site outlines the core Principles for digital education accessibility, particularly for KEATS areas, and guidance for how to interpret and enact them. These are divided into seven categories:
Instructions and expectations on KEATS space;
Organisation and structure of KEATS space;
Content (KEATS resources, pre-recorded presentations, activities and uploaded files);
Interaction (e.g. forums, Padlets);
Online Live Lectures, Seminars and Tutorials (ie MS Teams Sessions);
These Principles and the associated baseline interpretation are designed to ensure we meet minimum standards of accessibility and in doing so meet our obligations under the Equality Act 2010 and the Digital Accessibility Regulations.