Reference and guide to SFIA version 7. Framework status: Development.

#49 Enhance SFIA to address Digital Accessibility Issues: change request accepted

SFIA needs to address the skills needed to develop accessible systems.

This change has been raised by the BCS Digital Accessibility Specialist Group.

One of the objectives of the DASG is to make the IT profession aware of the need to ensure that IT systems are accessible to the 20% of the UK population who suffer from some form of disability. Under the Equality Act it is the responsibility of all organisations to take reasonable steps to ensure that the needs of individuals with disabilities are addressed. 

In today’s increasingly digital world IT systems play a major role in either facilitating the engagement of disabled individuals or, by omission, actively discriminating against them. In the experience of the members of DASG there is a major lack of awareness within the IT profession of the need to develop suitably accessible systems.


What we decided


What we changed

In progress.

The approach for SFIA7

  • Try to capture up-stream skills to capture accessibility requirements and down stream validation skills to make sure they have been met..

  • These skills provide the most leverage and allows the development / engineering activities such as programming to be generically “meeting requirements” so we don’t need to list the full set of requirements types

  • Add responsibilities to the generics means the importance of this is elevated up above the individual professional skills