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Educating young people who are blind or vision impaired

Accessibility Statement

This is an accessibility statement from New College Worcester.
Updated May 2022.

Measures to support accessibility

New College Worcester takes the following measures to ensure accessibility of New College Worcester:

  • Include accessibility as part of our mission statement.
  • Include accessibility throughout our internal policies.
  • Provide continual accessibility training for our staff.
  • Assign clear accessibility goals and responsibilities.

Conformance status

The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) defines requirements for designers and developers to improve accessibility for people with disabilities. It defines three levels of conformance: Level A, Level AA, and Level AAA. New College Worcester is partially conformant with WCAG 2.0 level AA. Partially conformant means that some parts of the content do not fully conform to the accessibility standard.

Feedback

We welcome your feedback on the accessibility of New College Worcester. Please let us know if you encounter accessibility barriers on New College Worcester:

Technical specifications

We try our best to ensure we test with a range of technologies, but we can’t commit to testing every browser version with every version of assistive technology, nor testing on every operating system version or mobile handset type. We focus on testing with more recent technology, as newer assistive technologies provide the best accessibility support for the user.

We test the website using the following browsers and assistive technology combinations:

  • Microsoft Edge and JAWS 2020 (latest version).
  • Firefox and NVDA (latest version).
  • Chrome with JAWS 2020 (latest version) and NVDA (latest version).
  • Apple iOS – Safari (latest version) on iPhone and iPad with VoiceOver and Magnification.
  • Android – Chrome with Talkback and Magnification.
  • Chrome and Dragon naturally speaking.
  • Windows High contrast mode (Edge and Firefox).
  • In browser magnification up to 400%.

These technologies are relied upon for conformance with the accessibility standards used.

Image alt text and accessibility

As standard, we only use alt text where an image conveys essential information for the meaning of the webpage – for example a diagram about how to do something. Where an image is purely decorative, we don’t use alt text as this is superfluous information and extra “noise” that someone using a screen reader will have to get through before reaching the essential information on a page.

Assessment approach

New College Worcester assessed the accessibility of New College Worcester by the following approaches:

  • Self-evaluation
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