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Accessibilty

Cardiff Met University is committed to making the information and resources provided through our website accessible to all users.

We aim to be compliant with the current WCAG 2.1AA accessibility standard and follow general usability principles to help all visitors to this web site.

We are actively engaging with information providers across the University to ensure that all future web pages are compliant with accessibility guidelines and will be continually improving the accessibility of our site.
When using our website you should be able to:

  • Change text size using the font size buttons at the top right of the screen, as shown below:

Picture showing font size buttosn on website

  • Navigate through most of our website using only a keyboard or voice activation software
  • Listen to most of the website using screen reading software or text to speech software. • Locate information via a consistent menu structure
  • We also try to convey all information on our website using plain, simple language and structure content into clear sections.

My Computer My Way is an online tool provided by Abilitynet where you can find out more about how to use accessibility features built into common desktop computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones. (for example enabling high contrast and magnification)

While we are reviewing and improving the accessibility of our website on an ongoing basis we know there are some areas that are not fully accessible:
• You cannot increase the space between lines of text

•Text may not reflow and remain visible without scrolling horizontally when content is magnified above 150%

• When using a keyboard to scroll through a page the focus indicator is not always visible

• Some images or media may not have text alternatives.

• It is not possible to skip through headings or common links when using a screen reader

Further information on the technical areas that are not accessible are listed further down this page after our contact details.


Get in touch…

If you require any information in an alternative format or if there are any accessibility issues you would like to make us aware of please contact us:

Cardiff Metropolitan University
Western Avenue
Cardiff
CF5 2YB
Telephone: 02920 416070

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is responsible for enforcing the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018 (the 'accessibility regulations'). If you're not happy with how we respond to your complaint, contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS).


Non Accessible Content: Technical Information about this websites accessibility

Cardiff Metropolitan is committed to making its content accessible to all users and compliant with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018. We aim for conformance with the WCAG 2.1 (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1) at level AA. This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliances listed below.

 

Non compliance with the accessibility regulations

Some images do not have a text alternative, so people using a screen reader cannot access the information. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.1.1 (non-text content).

We plan to add text alternatives for all images by September 2020. When we publish new content we'll make sure our use of images meets accessibility standards.

When videos are hosted on YouTube then automatic captions are available and we have provided additional open captions in some instances. If you encounter a video without captions and need assistance accessing the content, then please get in contact and we will provide a transcript.

There are no audio descriptions for videos published before September 2019 as this would be a disproportionate burden to produce and not all video players support the additional audio description track. All future content will have suitable alternatives for accessing the information provided.

There's no way to skip the repeated content in the page header. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.4.1 (bypass blocks).

Some third party software platforms do not meet all the requisite accessibility criteria; for example our forms are built and hosted through third party software and are not all labelled appropriately to enable navigation through keyboard alone or accessible with a screen reader. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.3.1 (information and relationships).

We've assessed the cost of fixing the issues with navigation and third party platforms immediately. We believe that doing so now would be a disproportionate burden within the meaning of the accessibility regulations. We are working with our suppliers to resolve these issues and will be shortly publishing our plan for achieving greater accessibility. We will also continue to review and make another assessment when supplier contracts are due for renewal

Content that's not within the scope of the accessibility regulations

Some documents published before September 2019 and Pdf's are not accessible. We are working hard to replace these and all new documents will be accessible. You can find more information about how to make Pdf's accessible on this website: https://helpx.adobe.com/acrobat/using/reading-pdfs-reflow-accessibility-features.html

This statement was prepared on 30/01/2020. It was last updated on 30/01/2020