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Explore our new ASPIREresources page containing articles and links to help you understand the new accessibility regulations.
Congratulations to both Cambridge Core + EBSCO for recording gold standard 100% ASPIREscores + achieving joint first position on the ASPIRElist for publishing platforms.
Learn more about ASPIRE in our new article for Inclusive Publishing, Aspirational Thinking.
What is ASPIRE?
Welcome to the new home of the ASPIRE project. textBOX partnered with the architect of the 2018 ASPIRE project, Alistair McNaught, to launch an exciting new verification service for publishers and platform vendors.
ASPIRE helps publishers and vendors tell the story of the amazing accessibility work you are doing to create a transparent environment for content. ASPIRE provides you with:
Your accessibility statement reviewed.
Your accessibility statement rated.
Your accessibility statement verified + accredited.
Your accessibility story shared with your users.
ASPIREverified provides expert assessment of publisher and platform vendor website accessibility statements. Receive a comprehensive report with suggested enhancements to improve your ASPIREscore and customer messaging. You'll also receive your ASPIREverified accreditation badge to place on your website.
The original ASPIRE project took a pioneering snapshot of accessibility statements in 2018. The project received great feedback and engagement from across the industry and inspired publishers and vendors to improve their website messaging.
ASPIRE with textBOX is an agile service that reflects the work of publishers and vendors across the industry. We review your work and help you tell your story.
Our goal? To help you achieve an ASPIREscore of 100%.
The ASPIREscores are displayed on the ASPIRElist pages to create a transparent review process for customers. The ASPIRElists are freely available to the public and serve as a shop window for your company and your content.
Explore the ASPIRElists
Why ASPIRE? Why now?
The laws in the UK are changing.
The Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations states that higher education institutions are expected to meet “the accessibility requirement” for their digital content. A failure to do so is a “failure to make a reasonable adjustment” (section 12(1)) and exposes Further Education colleges and Higher Education institutions to equalities litigation. While the legislation has an exemption for third party content, section 2(e), it does not apply to ebooks and journals purchased by higher education institutions.
The bottom line is that is that you are increasing your customer’s risk exposure if your content is inaccessible or delivered through an inaccessible platform.
The law may not apply directly to publishers and vendors, but it could end up impacting on your customers and your sales.
Websites and adopted digital content need to be accessible by 23 September 2019 UNLESS:
The website was created before 23 September 2018. You have until September 2020.
The content is old (pre-September 2018) and no longer in active administration. This is exempt for ever.
Video is exempt until September 2020.
Disproportionate burden can be used to explain non-compliance but this needs to be audited, costed and justified. Lack of time due to lack of priority is not an acceptable reason.
The ASPIRE scores make it easy for us to see which vendors we should be working with, who will give us value for money.
Read about how ASPIRE has benefitted publishers, platforms and librarians at our ASPIREstories pages, including new stories from Leeds Beckett University and Birkbeck University.
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