AHEAD: Association for Higher Education Access & Disability
Creating inclusive environments in education & employment for people with disabilities.


ARK - Accessibility Resources and Know-How

Welcome to ARK, AHEAD's home for digital accessibility resources and know-how in tertiary education.  Digital accessibility is key to inclusion, as it provides more equal access for students and staff to engage with institutions, their services and related educational materials in multiple ways. 

What is ARK?

ARK provides practical resources and know-how to support a range of institutional staff to be more accessible in their roles, and supports colleges and centres to consider a whole institution approach to digital accessibility, meet their legal obligations, boost accessibility compliance, and provide a better digital experience for all. 

Built in to ARK is: 

  • A range of free role-based short courses for educators, administrative, senior and technical staff, which can be taken direct with AHEAD, or used in internal CPD systems under a creative commons license. 

  • An introduction to key web accessibility legislation for further and higher education institutions and a legal FAQ on what the web accessibility directive means in practice. 

  • Links to lots of other valuable AHEAD and external resources to continue your accessibility journey that you can find below.

Our 3 free Accessibility Courses - Just Self enroll.

If you are interested in developing introductory accessibility skills, raising awareness about digital inclusion, and reflecting on how to embed good digital accessibility practices across your organisation then our 3 free courses are available:

  1. Free Course: An Introduction to Digital Accessibility for Educators.
  2. Free Course: Digital accessibility - a Whole Institution Approach.
  3. Free Course: Developing a Web Accessibility Statement

When each course is completed you will automatically receive a Digital Badge and if you wish to complete all three then you receive a Digital Accessibility Master Badge for your dedication to accessibility.

Collect all 3 digital badges to get your Accessibility master badge

Welcome to ARK

Introducing Ark – AHEAD's home for digital accessibility resources and know-how in tertiary education.


The core funding received by AHEAD for its further education activities on fostering inclusion is provided by SOLAS.

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