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Web accessibility

These pages provide you with an introduction to what web accessibility is and why it is important for the University’s websites and web-based systems (such as Canvas) to be accessible to everyone. You will also find support for creating accessible content.

Lund University’s websites are covered by the European Union Directive on Accessibility of the Websites and Mobile Applications of Public Sector Bodies, which requires both the technology and the content to be accessible.

Statistics

According to the Funka organisation, about 10-20 per cent of the population in the Western world is estimated to have some form of disability. In addition to this group, there are many people with temporary or situational disabilities.

Sometimes it can be helpful to have figures for how many people are affected by accessibility issues.

Statistics on the number of people affected by deficient accessibility - funka.com

Information and services are to be usable by everyone regardless of circumstances such as disability.

Simulate the experiences of different user groups

To get a picture of how visitors with various disabilities experience your website, you can use a simulator. One example of a simulator is Funkify, which is an extension you can install in your Chrome web browser. Using Funkify, you can experience your website as a colour-blind person would, for example, or a person with dyslexia.

Funkify extension in Chrome web browser - funkify.org

Support in your web accessibility work

Who is responsible for web accessibility at Lund University?

Lund University has an estimated 1000 different websites. The head of each organisational unit is ultimately responsible for that unit’s website and for ensuring that its content complies with current laws and regulations such as the the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), copyright law and accessibility. Thus the head of each organisational unit is responsible for ensuring that an accessibility statement is published on the unit’s website.

The requirement for web accessibility affects many different roles within the University, such as:

  • Managers
  • Teaching staff who produce teaching material for the web
  • Developers coding websites
  • Managers of online systems
  • Communications officers who publish web pages
  • Administrators who produce documents for the web

To support all these functions, a university-wide project for web accessibility has been set up.

The University-wide project for web accessibility

Lund University’s overarching web accessibility project aims to build up support for the University’s organisational units in the area of web accessibility – through initiatives such as training and quick guides – in order to increase accessibility for users.

The project assumes responsibility for supporting the organisation in the field of web accessibility during the project period (April 2020 to October 2021) and for proposing a model for continued administration and further development. However, the project is not responsible for ensuring that all websites/documents/systems within Lund University meet the legal requirements for accessibility. The responsibility for legal compliance lies with each organisational unit within the university.

Networks

  • Network of faculty representatives: to support and develop web accessibility in collaboration with the faculties.
  • Network of representatives from the central administration services: to support and develop web accessibility in collaboration with the sections.
  • Network with other higher education institutions for exchange of experiences.

Contact

Project group for web accessibility

Contact the project group via email: tillganglighet [at] kommunikation [dot] lu [dot] se

The project blog (in Swedish)

Join the team "Webbtillgänglighet inom LU" (in Swedish) on Microsoft Teams