The accessibility community is a group where you can:
- ask questions about accessibility, develop your knowledge, and get or give advice and support
- stay updated on the accessibility work that different departments are involved in
- meet people across government with an interest in improving accessibility
- share good practice ideas and examples
The community also helps to raise awareness of accessibility concerns or issues, which can then be addressed in blog posts, new guidance or training.
Who the community is for
You might be interested in this community if your work involves:
- writing content or code
- designing the user experience
- doing user research
- managing a product or service
You can also join if you want to learn more about accessibility, or if you don’t want to tackle accessibility issues on your own.
You don’t have to be in an accessibility-related role to join, but you must be working in or with government. Most people in the group are not accessibility specialists.
If you’re interested in discussing accessibility issues, you can:
- join the accessibility community discussion group - to get access, contact firstname.lastname@example.org using your government email address
- join the cross-government accessibility Slack channel to ask a short question that needs a quick response - you can create a Slack account using your government email address
- write something for the GDS accessibility blog
Email the accessibility team at email@example.com if you:
- can’t access the Google group or Slack channel
- would like to write a blog post
The community runs 3 or 4 cross-government accessibility meetups every year. These are announced on the accessibility community discussion group.
Learn more about accessibility by using resources the community has found helpful, inspiring or influential.
GDS blog posts
Read the GDS Accessibility blog for tips and research. Popular posts include:
- Home Office posters on the dos and don’ts of designing for accessibility
- Consider the range of people that will use your product or service
- Dump your mouse for an hour
- Research with blind users on mobile devices
Books and newsletters
Read more about accessibility in:
- ‘A web for everyone’ - some sections of this book are available free online, including accessibility personas
- ‘Inclusive design patterns: coding accessibility into web design’ - you’ll need to pay for this book
- ‘Just ask: integrating accessibility throughout design’ - book available free online
- Accessibility Weekly newsletter
- Webdev newsletter
Learn more from organisations and groups who promote and discuss better accessibility:
Accessibility in the Service Manual
To find out best practice for accessibility, read Making your service accessible: an introduction.
Help us keep the Service Manual up to date by:
- contributing to community discussions
- telling us if something is wrong or out of date using the feedback link at the top of each guide
You may also be interested in the following communities:
Clarification of what the community is for. Expanded list of resources and ways to get involved.
Guidance first published