Number 1 barrier to creating eLearning for everyone - ELA Hub

This post is about learning you can use on a computer, which is often called eLearning. Most people who make eLearning know they need to make sure that anyone can use it. This includes people who have a disability, who may not be able to see or hear the learning on the computer. It also means thinking about people who cannot use a mouse, and so can only use a keyboard when they use a computer. People who have problems learning things, or concentrating are also important to think about.

One of the things which often stops people making eLearning for everyone, is that the people they work with don’t think it is important. This blog gives you examples and links if you want to help other people understand why it is important.


There are three laws in the UK which say that you must sure that everyone can use eLearning.

The first is from the United Nations. This says that it is a human right that everyone should be able to use anything which you can access on a computer.
CRPD: Article 9

The second is the Equality Act. This says that anyone must make sure that everything that they make can be used by anyone with a disability. They should always do this. This is so that someone with a disability doesn’t have to ask them to make changes because they can’t use something.
UK Equality Act 2010 guidance

The third is the Public Sector Bodies regulations. This law is for any organisation which helps the public. For example, Local councils, Universities and colleges. They must make sure that everyone can use any of their websites by September 2020 and mobile apps by June 2021.
UK Public Sector Bodies Accessibility Regulations and exceptions

Useful facts

There are 13.9 million disabled people in the UK. This means that out of every 5 of the people who use eLearning, 1 could have a disability.
Scope: Disability facts and figures

Out of every 5 people, 1 will not be able to see at some time during their life.
RNIB: Eye health and sight loss facts and figures

Out of every 12 men, 1 is colour blind.
Colour Blind Awareness

Out of every 6 people, 1 will not be able to hear everything.
Action on hearing loss: Facts and figures

Out of every 10 people, 1 has dyslexia and needs extra help reading.
British Dyslexia Association

3.7 million disabled people work. This means that 11% of people who work in the UK, are disabled.
Scope: Disability facts and figures

10 million people aged over 50 work. This means that 31% of people who work in the UK, are over 50.
Centre for Ageing Better: Greater support needed for older workers

Families who have a disabled person in them, spend about £249 billion a year.
Scope: Disability facts and figures

We hope that these facts will help you to explain to other people why it is so important to think about everyone’s needs when you make eLearning.

In the next blog we will look at the standards called the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. These standards explain what you need to do to make sure that everyone can use your eLearning.

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