Accessibility Statement - Autism & Uni tookit

Accessibility statement for Autism & Uni tookit – Falmouth Exeter Plus

This accessibility statement applies to the Autism & Uni toolkit – Falmouth Exeter Plus website. We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website. For example, that means you should be able to:

  • zoom in up to 200% without the text spilling off the screen
  • navigate most of the website using just a keyboard
  • use the ‘Skip to content’ link to avoid your screen reader having to reread the navigation menu
  • navigate most of the website using speech recognition software
  • listen to most of the website using a screen reader (or text reader such as Selection Reader Chrome extension).

The original Autism & Uni toolkit toolkit was developed by Leeds Beckett University who involved autistic students in the design of both content and visual appearance. In response to feedback from these students, the content is text-centred, adopting a factual and non-judgemental tone and is presented in a logical and easy-to-navigate interface.

The Accessibility and Inclusive Learning Team at Falmouth Exeter Plus have adapted the toolkit for local students but have maintained the design and have made the text as clear and simple as possible.

AbilityNet has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability. Please also see our Assistive technology overview to find out more about the accessibility features in different programs, apps and devices.

How accessible this website is

We know some parts of this website are not fully accessible:

  • There are some contrast errors which may impact users with low vision.
  • On the home page, the heading structure starts at level 3 which may confuse screen reader users.
  • The Locations section links to pdfs of campus maps which have issues with poor contrast, lack of appropriate tagging and no language set.
  • There are some links identified as empty on pages where several articles are shown. These are the links to toggle between list and grid view, and will not affect a screen reader.
  • The search bar form has a title but not a label; however screen reader users should be able to recognise the function of the form when reading the title, ‘Search’.

Feedback and contact information

Please contact us using our webform if you need information on this website in a different format like accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille. You will get a confirmation within five working days that your form has been received and a full response within 20 working days.

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

We’re always looking to improve the accessibility of this website. If you find any problems not listed on this page or think we’re not meeting accessibility requirements, please contact us using our webform. You will get a confirmation within five working days that your form has been received and a full response within 20 working days.

Enforcement procedure

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).

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

Falmouth Exeter Plus is committed to making its websites accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

Compliance status

This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliances listed below.

Non-accessible content

The content listed below is non-accessible for the following reasons:

Disproportionate burden

The Autism & Uni toolkit has been provided to us for free as part of a European Commission funded project to improve information and support for autistic students on the condition that we retain the design and structure of the website, which has been piloted with autistic students.

We are therefore unable to fix the minor issues with contrast errors (WCAG AA 1.4.3) and headings (WCAG AAA 2.4.10). We believe that doing so now would be a disproportionate burden within the meaning of the accessibility regulations. We will make another assessment when we review this site in August 2023.

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

This section covers issues that we do not need to fix right now. The law calls these exemptions. There is nothing to include here.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 31st July 2020. It was last reviewed on 18th November 2022.

This website was last tested on 13th November 2022. The test was carried out by Falmouth Exeter Plus using the Blackboard Ally tool. Additional checks were carried out using the WAVE and Accessibility Insights extensions.