Accessibility standards compliance statement
Our site has been built to function correctly across the standard operating systems, with the majority of browsing software, but if you experience difficulty using our site we want to learn about your incident. If so, please contact us.
- Our graphical site satisfies Level 2 priority checkpoints (W3C WCAG - AA Compliance)
- The pages in this site have been validated as HTML 1.0 Transitional
- The pages in this site validate as CSS according to W3C's CSS Validation Service
The Accessible Information Standard (AIS) - a standard way of working across the NHS from 1st August 2016.
The Accessible Information Standard (AIS) tells NHS and Social Care organisations and how they should make sure that patients with a disability or sensory loss receive information in formats that they can understand and receive appropriate support to help them to communicate.
Accessible Information Standard (AIS) directs and defines a specific consistent approach to identifying recording, flagging, sharing and meeting the information and communication support needs of patients, service users, carers and parents where those needs relate to a disability, impairment of sensory loss. These standards also apply to our websites and patient information.
The NHS England guidance explains the Accessible Information Standard (AIS) what is needed for every NHS organisation to comply with the standard.
The trust is implementing the standard through a working group. Should you have any queries please contact Jennifer.McCall@cumbria.nhs.uk or 01768 24 5415.
Using this website
Web accessibility means that people with disabilities can use the Web. We want our website to be as easy to use as possible.
This site has been developed to be easy to use for people with disabilities or with english as a second language, regardless of what browsing technology being used.
AA compliant and passes W3C WCAG Level 2 priority checks
The accessibility toolbar at the top of each page of this website allows you to easily change the text size and colour of the site to make it easier to read. We also use BrowseAloud to allow the site to be read out loud, translated into over 40 languages and other features.
To resize text size
Select one of the 'A' text size options on every page
Internet Explorer: View > Text size > Largest
Firefox: View > Text size > Increase
Opera: File > Preferences > Fonts > Minimum font size (pixels)
Alternatively, scroll with the wheel of your mouse whilst holding down the control key.
Listen to this website with BrowseAloud
Whether you are using a Smartphone, Tablet, PC or Mac, this site is able to provide the speech and reading support tools.
BrowseAloud reads website content out loud using the most natural and engaging voice to transform your online reading experience. New features include: Translator, Simplifier, Screen Masking for Touch Screens and the ability to personalise the settings to suit individual needs and preferences.
- Dual-Colour Highlighting
- Text Magnification
- MP3 Maker
- Screen Masking
- Pronunciation Modifier
- Secure Site Reading
- PDF Reading
- International Languages
BrowseAloud is a suite of products that provides reading support on websites. BrowseAloud reads website content out loud, highlighting each word as it is spoken in a high quality, human-sounding voice.
BrowseAloud improves comprehension and understanding by 7% by highlighting each word as it is read aloud and, simultaneously highlighting the sentence or paragraph in a contrasting colour. This allows users to easily identify what text is being read aloud and to navigate within and between web pages.
Spoken & Written Translation
BrowseAloud translates web pages into 78 languages and speaks the translated text where there is a matching voice available, which is currently 35 languages. Web owners can choose to have the translator switched on/off.
Magnify text as it is read aloud with BrowseAloud. The magnified text is displayed with synchronous highlighting in a single line at the top of the screen as the text is being read aloud. This allows users with visual impairments to access even the smallest of text on a web page.
Convert text to an MP3 file. The text can be saved and listened to at a later time, at home or on the move. Web owners can create MP3 files to be hosted and streamed directly from their website.
Block distractions on your screen. A semi-opaque black mask extends across your screen leaving a letterbox reading window clear. This view helps users to focus on the section of the web page they are most interested in and ignore the unnecessary ‘clutter’.
Web Page Simplifier
Remove clutter from your screen. This feature presents the current web page in a more user-friendly layout that is free from the secondary information on the page, such as adverts.
Users can customise BrowseAloud to suit individual needs and preferences, with options to alter the voice speed, highlighting colours and the text size during magnification. Users can also select default settings for the features they wish to switch on/off.
For further help and assistance with the Browsealoud product take a look at the Browsealoud FAQs on their website.
- Easy Read Version - Accessible Information Standard
- Accessible Information Standard Making health and social care information accessible
- W3C Website Accessibility Initiative
- My Computer My Way - AbilityNet
- RNIB - Supporting people with sign loss
- Web Accessibility In Mind
- Sign Health - Deaf Charity