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Accessibility Statement

Accessibility Statement

Worcestershire County Council is committed to providing a website that is accessible to the widest possible audience, regardless of technology or ability. We are actively working to increase the accessibility and usability of our website and in doing so adhere to many of the available standards and guidelines. On this page:

Accessibility options

Access Keys

ThAccessibility alt and s keyse following Access keys apply to the Worcestershire County Council website.

  • Skip to the content - Alt+S
  • Home page - Alt+1
  • Sitemap - Alt+3
  • Search the site - Alt+4
  • Accessibility options - Alt+0

Web Site accessibility Features

We offer the following accessibility features on our site:

  • Sitemap
    This is linked to at the top of every page in the form of an A to Z.  There is also a hidden link directly before the A to Z that is spoken by screen-reading software and will appear when 'tabbed to' using a keyboard which allows you to skip past it.
  • 'Skip to Content’
    At the top of every page is a link that is spoken by screen-reading software and will appear when 'tabbed to' using a keyboard. It is the first link and, when selected, will skip past the rest of the menu items and commence at the beginning of the main page content.

Headings and navigation menus

HTML heading tags are used to convey document structure. H1 tags are used for main titles, H2 tags for subtitles etc.

Navigation menus are marked up as HTML lists. This ensures that the number of links in the list is read out at the start and it can be skipped easily. We also provide consistent navigation

Colours and Font Size

The following settings have been added to the site to provide better accessibility to all users, these settings will only be saved for this visit. Please click on the remember settings button to save the settings for future visits. (This will save a cookie to your computer. More on Cookies)

Change the default font size
The Fairweather District Council website has a standard text size of around 9 pt. Use on the buttons below to change the size of the text, the default setting is small.


This option will leave a cookie on your computer for each accessibility option, so we can make sure you get the same settings next time you visit us.




Changing your browser settings

The BBC my web my way website explains the many ways you can change your browser, computer, keyboard and mouse settings to make the web more accessible for you. You may benefit from viewing this website with a larger text size or a different colour scheme than the one automatically displayed. The following guidelines will help you control the size of text and colours when using Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator browsers.

I can't see very well

These guides explain ways to change how your computer or web browser operates, to make things easier for people who have difficulty seeing.

I am blind

These guides explain ways to change how your computer or web browser operates, to make things easier for people who are blind.

I can't hear very well

These guides explain ways to change how your computer or web browser operates, to make things easier for people who are deaf or have difficulty hearing.
 
 

I find words difficult

These guides explain ways to change how your computer or web browser operates, to make things easier for people who have difficulty with words.

 

I find a keyboard or mouse hard to use

These guides explain ways to change how your computer or web browser operates, to make things easier for people who find a mouse difficult to use.

 

Useful Links

  • Browse Aloud is a computer program that reads aloud all website content including PDF and MS Word documents
  • NonVisual Desktop Access (NVDA) is a free and open source screen reader for the Microsoft Windows operating system. Providing feedback via synthetic speech and Braille, it enables blind or vision impaired people to access computers running Windows for no more cost than a sighted person.
  • Free site translation with Google Translate or Yahoo Babelfish

Accessibility and usability of our site

This website endeavours to conform to level Double-A of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0.

Whilst Worcestershire County Council strive to adhere to the accepted guidelines and standards for accessibility and usability, it is not always possible to do so in all areas of the website. We are aware that some of our existing forms and pdf files are not fully accessible, to address this issue we have created a checklist (PDF 204 KB) for staff to use when creating any new pdf files for the site to ensure they adhere to the accessibility and usability standards.

We are also aware that some internal applications and externally hosted systems do not comply with accessibility and usability standards.  We are planning to make changes to our hosted applications and send recommendations to our third party suppliers to address the current issues.

Parts of our site that currently are not fully accessible - exceptions

The following parts of the site are not level Double-A compliant.

On our website

Some of our own web applications need improving and we are working through these. Some are old software that we cannot easily change.

  • Council meeting videos
  • Committee minutes and agendas search and display system
  • Geographical Information Mapping (GIS)
  • Pay links pages
  • SNAP surveys
  • News
  • Alterian forms
  • Expand and collapsible areas at the bottom of the page
  • Video controls
  • Search prediction feature
  • Planning Portal
  • Tendering Portal (eTendering)
  • Have Your Say (Consultation Portal)
  • Library Services (Online Catalogue)
  • School Admissions
  • Family Information Directory

From external websites

Some parts of this site link to or use content provided by other websites and these are not always as accessible as our site. Examples of these are:

  • Video from YouTube
  • Webcasts from Public-i
  • Tweets and the Twitter panels from Twitter
  • Maps from Google
  • Photos from Flickr
  • Surveys using SurveyMonkey
  • Share button from Add This
  • Facebook widgets


Contact Information

We are always looking at ways to improve accessibility on our website. If you've experienced any accessibility problems whilst using this site, we would welcome your suggestions and comments.

Further Information

In this section

More Information

See also in our website

External websites

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This page was last reviewed 6 December 2013 at 11:25.
The page is next due for review 4 June 2015.