This support page aims to provide the user with information about the purpose of Accessibility Statements, the Web Accessibility Regulations 2018 and some of the helpful free resources available to help mitigate some of the common accessibility issues experienced online.
Further down this page you will also find a list that provides access to the Accessibility Statements for electronic systems used at the University of Cumbria.
What is an Accessibility Statement?
An Accessibility Statement provides the user with information about the level of accessibility they can expect from a web site or application. This is done by identifying the accessibility functions which work well and those that do not. Any areas that fall below the Web Accessibility Regulations will be shared and suggestions made to overcome the current issue. The University of Cumbria is improving the levels of accessibility through action plans, staff training, communicating with 3rd party software suppliers and also made changes to our procurement process for new software and licencing. The statement will also include how to contact us for further support or to inform us of any issues you have encountered.
What are the Websites and Mobile Applications Accessibility Regulations 2018?
The accessibility regulations came into force for public sector bodies on 23 September 2018. They state that organisations must make their website or mobile app more accessible by making it ‘perceivable, operable, understandable and robust’. and meeting the International WCAG 2.1 AA accessibility Standards. Organisations also need to display and update an accessibility statement on their website detailing their levels of accessibility against the standards.
Useful tools for dealing with inaccessibility online
Listed below are a range of inclusive apps, software, and information pages collated by the University to improve your digital experience. If you require further assistance accessing information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
My Computer My Way
Help make your device easier to use.
The AT Toolbar
Can change the look and feel of web pages, read text aloud or check your spelling
Apple Accessibility Guide
Android Accessibility Guide
IOS AND GOOGLE PLAY APPS
3D high-definition visual magnifier for your screen.
Mobile app that can magnify and improve contrast.
PDF Reader for your mobile device with features to increase readability of documents.
ClaroPDF is free by default, however you can buy ClaroPDF Pro for a one-off cost of £9.99.
USE CHROME BROWSER ACCESSIBILITY EXTENSIONS
Learn more about Chrome accessibility extensions.
Universal Accessibility Toolkit
The Universal Accessibility Toolkit provides users with a comprehensive selection of tools to fulfil all their accessibility needs in one easy to use the extension.
Search for: Universal Accessibility Toolkit App Store (IOS) or Google Play (Android)
ClaroRead Chrome Extension
Listen to web pages read aloud.
Boost reading and writing confidence across all types of content and devices, in class, at work, and at home.
Cross-browser toolbar to help users customise the way they view and interact with web pages.
If you are struggling to access any digital content on this site and require an alternative format please contact email@example.com
There are a variety of formats that can help to overcome specific accessibility barriers, below are some suggested formats linked to specific disabilities:
- visual impairments – audio, audio description, Braille, Moon, telephoneAltFImg.png
- learning disabilities and literacy difficulties – audio, audio description, easy read, easy access, , subtitles
- hearing – British Sign Language, Makaton, subtitling, textphone, SMS
- co-ordination difficulties – large print, audio, audio description, telephone
If you are a member of the University and hold a University staff or student email account you can use our alternative format service directly.
For more information visit the My.Cumbria Alternative Formats Page
The following list presents the accessibility statements for electronic systems provided to students and/or staff at the University of Cumbria. This list will be updated as required by law and any changes to the systems involved.
- DCS (Academic Request Form)
- IT Heldesk
- Kortext reader
- MyCumbria (website)
- Office 365
- Student Engagement Dashboard
- Student Hub (MyDay)
- www.cumbria.ac.uk (website)