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 (and the Disability Discrimination Act which it replaced) 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.
There are many ways you can change your browser, computer, keyboard and mouse settings to make the web more accessible for you. These web sites offer useful advice and help on how to customise your computer in a way that suits your needs.
- BDA - British Deaf Association
- My Computer My Way (Abilitynet)
- My Computer My Way - Changing your colours
- My Computer My Way - Keyboard shortcuts (using your keyboard instead of a mouse)
- My Computer My Way - Magnifying the screen
- My Computer My Way - Make text larger
- My Computer My Way - Making your mobile or tablet talk
- My Computer My Way - Making your mouse easier to use
- My Computer My Way - Talking to your device
- NV Access - Download free screen reader software
- NV Access - Home of the free NVDA screen reader
- RNIB - Information: Free accessibility software
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. We are trying to make these files as accessible as possible for everyone.
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 us 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.
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 your e-mail contained 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.