Accessibility

UONReads is run by Library and Learning Services (LLS) at the University of Northampton. The full accessibility statement for UONReads is provided below. You can also access the LLS General Accessibility Statement and an accessible PDF version of the UONReads Accessibility Statement.

 

1. Technical Information About UONReads’ Accessibility

The University of Northampton is committed to making the UONReads site accessible, in accordance with the Public-Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No.2) Accessibility Regulations 2018. This website is mostly compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard, with the exceptions of the non-compliances listed below.

We work to achieve and maintain WCAG 2.1 AA standards, but it is not always possible for all our content to be accessible. If we have failed to identify a barrier, please contact uonreads@northampton.ac.uk

 

2. How We Tested the UONReads Site

We have tested the UONReads site using the WAVE Web Accessibility Evaluation Tool, for general accessibility.

The ‘reading out loud’ tool on Adobe Acrobat DC has been used to test our PDF documents. We have also tested the site using the reading tool on MyStudyBar V4.1 and Texthelp read&write

We have checked for contrast issues and tested that the end user can adjust contrast for the site using High Contrast and Midnight Lizard browser extensions for Chrome.

All images have been given alternative text (alt tags).

The site has been checked for responsiveness on mobile devices using Chrome Developer tools.

 

3. How Accessible is UONReads?

We aim to create content to meet the accessibility standards outlined in our technical accessibility statement as we want as many people as possible to be able to use this site. For example, that means you should be able to:

  • zoom in up to 200% throughout UONReads without loss of content or functionality.
  • navigate most of the website using just a keyboard.
  • change colours, contrast levels and fonts using High Contrast and Midnight Lizard browser extensions for Chrome.
  • listen to most of the website using a screen reader.

The UONReads site includes content inside the Edublogs core product. We have selected an accessible template and made the website text as simple as possible to understand.

Colour contrast of the body text passes requirements with a contrast ratio of 12.63:1, and link colours pass with a contrast ratio of 7.56:1.

Mobile devices checked using Chrome Developer tools were Galaxy S5, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, iPhone 5/SE, iPhone 6/7/8, iPhone 6/7/8 Plus, iPhone X, iPad and iPad Pro. Android phones were also used. All were responsive as expected.

 

Assistive Technology

Content we create should be compatible with assistive technology.

There is free software available from Call Scotland called MyStudyBar V4.1. This software is a suite of portable Windows freeware applications in one package that supports learners’ literacy difficulties. Alternative licensed software that could be used includes read&write by Texthelp, or ClaroRead Windows by Claro Software. For Apple Mac users, the Accessibility Preferences allow for adjusting the display, zoom and for turning the VoiceOver on and off. Texthelp also have EquatIO software for reading and writing maths formulae and symbols.

AbilityNet has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability.

 

4. Non-accessible Content

Some parts of this website are currently not fully accessible:

  • colour contrast for some areas does not meet requirements
  • there is a broken skip link
  • the keyboard focus is not visible in one area

The content noted above is non-accessible for the following reasons.

Contrast (Minimum)

Although contrast for the main content meets requirements, there are some contrast errors on the third party host platform. This fails WCAG 1.4.3 Contrast (Minimum) success criterion requiring a minimum contrast ratio of 4.5:1.

 

Bypass Blocks

The UONReads “skip to toolbar” skip link is broken. Keyboard users can skip to the main content of the page, but not jump to the navigation links. This fails WCAG 2.4.1 Bypass Blocks success criterion.

 

Focus Visible

When navigating the Reviews page with a keyboard, the focus is not visible on the ‘read more’ link. However, if positioned in the right place, pressing enter will take users to the full text. This fails WCAG 2.4.7 Focus Visible success criterion.

 

Third Party Content

Our site includes third party content and functionality. Edublogs is a platform provided by a third party. There are also links to an external event booking site, Eventbrite, and other sources of information such as the BBC website and Facebook pages. Depending on our relationship with the third party, we cannot always guarantee its accessibility.

For all issues noted, we plan to work with our suppliers to resolve any issues by September 2020 and phase out use where these are inaccessible.

 

5. Improving Accessibility

We are undertaking the following to improve accessibility.

  • The University has an Inclusive Student Experience Group (ISEG) which has two key subgroups. One is the Disability Coordinators Group and the other is a group focusing on the institutional response to the accessibility regulations. At all meetings, the groups are considering ways in which University accessibility may be improved.
  • Equality Impact Assessments (EIAs) are required for new policies and services and ensure a focus on the range of people expected to access that material.
  • Training (synchronous and asynchronous) has been developed for all staff to ensure they are aware of the requirements and have the skills needed to update materials.
  • The Northampton Additional Student Support and Inclusion Services Team (ASSIST) works with students with disabilities to help achieve their full potential and to promote equal opportunities. ASSIST aims to enable students to access all aspects of university life, take control of their learning and develop the skills needed for employment. This is underpinned by a commitment to accessibility and respect for confidentiality.

ASSIST provides support for students with:

  • physical impairments
  • sensory impairments
  • mental health difficulties
  • medical conditions
  • Autistic spectrum disorders
  • specific learning difficulties, for example dyslexia

The team provides a range of services, including a variety of dyslexia and other disability-related guidance for all new and current students, staff and parents.

 

6. Report a Problem

If you have any problems accessing parts of the site, please contact us at uonreads@northampton.ac.uk explaining the issue. We will consider your request and get back to you in five working days.

We are always looking to improve the accessibility of the UONReads site. If you find any problems that are not listed on this page or think we are not meeting the requirements of the accessibility regulations please contact us at uonreads@northampton.ac.uk

 

Enforcement / Escalation

If you need to escalate your issue further, contact the University Chair of the Inclusive Student Experience Group: ISEG-CHAIR@northampton.ac.uk

You can expect an acknowledgement within six working days and a full reply within 20 working days. If your complaint raises complex issues that cannot be answered within 20 working days, we will keep you informed of progress until we can fully respond.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is responsible for enforcing the accessibility regulations. If you’re not happy with how we respond to your complaint, contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS).

 

7. Contact Details

Email: uonreads@northampton.ac.uk

Phone: 01604 893089

Library and Learning Services are based in Room LH211, on the second floor of the Learning Hub at the University of Northampton’s Waterside Campus.

 

This Accessibility Statement was last updated 22 January 2020.