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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-13362: Dean Lockhart (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 12 December 2017

To ask the Scottish Government, what steps (a) it and (b) its agencies take to ensure that all communications that are issued to disabled and vulnerable people are offered in easy-read and alternative accessible formats.

Answered by: Jeane Freeman 8 January 2018

All communications and content are written in Plain English and designed with the audience and accessibility in mind. The SG aims to adhere to W3C accessibility standards for online content and can offer a range of alternative formats which includes audio; Braille; Easy Read; Large Print and British Sign Language. Digital publications can be viewed online, downloaded or listened to on mobile devices and to be compliant with assistive technologies. The SG is working continuously to make its digital content as accessible and usable as possible for all abilities and disabilities. This includes older audiences and those with visual, hearing, cognitive or motor impairments.

The Scottish Government’s publishing contractor is required to monitor and regulate all work passed to them in terms of accessibility and to challenge those who have not followed the accessibility guidance.