Accessibility standards benefit all
First and foremost Bury Council is a public service provider and so we have to provide information that is accessible to all sections of our community, regardless of ability.
The Equality Act has brought about new rights for disabled people. Employers and service providers must not discriminate against a person for a reason connected with their disability. They must also make reasonable adjustments to the way in which they offer their services. This applies as much to web sites as it does to ensure that that wheelchair access to council buildings is possible.
But accessibility is not just about ensuring that disabled people can access information. It is also about ensuring that the wide variety of users and devices can all gain access to information, thereby maximising the potential audience and letting users experience the pages the way they choose to.
An accessible site is one that accommodates the full range of users. Designing for accessibility therefore means accepting that, for online information, there is:
- no standard information user, and,
- no standard device for browsing information
- information is available in alternative formats
An accessible web site does not exclude anybody due to:
- their abilities, or
- the method they choose to access the web
Ease of use
We have made every effort to make this site accessible and easy to use for everyone, no matter what browser you choose to use, and whether or not you have any disabilities.
We are working towards making all our web pages conform to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Level "AA".
Links on the website will open in the same window, unless stated otherwise in the link.
The site's layout takes into account users who are visually impaired or have difficulties using a mouse. It is compatible with popular screen reading software and can be navigated using only a keyboard.
We aim to make this site easy to understand. If you have difficulty understanding any of the content, please contact us.
AbilityNet (My computer my way) provides guidance about how to:
- Make your mouse easier to use
- Use your keyboard instead of a mouse
- Talk to your computer, tablet or mobile phone
- Make your computer, mobile or tablet talk to you
- Make text larger
- Change your screen colours
- Magnify the screen
As well as HTML web pages, this site includes files to download mainly in Adobe PDF format and occasionally in Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel.
Many of our downloadable PDFs are created so as to be as accessible as possible. But, there are some on our site that may not be suitable for users of assistive technology.
If you use assistive technology (e.g. a screen reader) and need a version of a document in a more accessible format (e.g. plain text), contact the service area shown on the web page where the document is located.
Using online forms
The website has a number of electronic forms that can be completed online. These forms can be navigated by using a mouse or by keyboard.
Please contact the web team if you are having technical problems completing a form.
Whilst we don't provide versions of our website in other languages, there are plenty of online tools that can help.
Translate (Google) - Translate our website into other languages - Google translate can provide translations of each page of our site into a range of languages.
Screen readers convert digital text into synthesized speech. They let users to hear content and navigate with the keyboard. They are designed for use by people who are blind or who have low vision. Screen readers also work with documents, spreadsheets, and the user's operating system.
There are many screen readers available: JAWS; VoiceOver; Narrator etc., some of which are free (such as NVDA).
Although not a true screen reader, we have Browsealoud available on this site (available via the link in the footer of most of our pages). This can help people with certain cognitive or learning disabilities, or users who simply prefer audio content over text. Please be aware that this tool is not available on some of our pages and will not read documents, online forms, browser links etc.).
We are continuously seeking to improve the accessibility of the website. If you have any difficulties using this site that you believe we could address, please let us know. It would be helpful if you include the following:
- the URL(s)(web address) of the page(s) that you are having difficulties with
- the nature of your disability, if any
- a description of the problem
If you have a solution to suggest, please feel free to do so.