CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) - Basildon Council service and information updates
Basildon Council is making decisions day by day in order to balance the need to maintain essential services and the need to support those who need our help the most, while at the same time following public health guidance for the protection of the public and staff against infection from coronavirus (COVID-19).
The following accessibility statement outlines the current position with regard to our commitment to provide a website that is accessible to as many users as possible.
Accessibility statement for www.basildon.gov.uk
This website is run by Basildon Borough Council. We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website. For example, that means you should be able to:
change colours, contrast levels and fonts
zoom in up to 300% without the text spilling off the screen
navigate most of the website using just a keyboard
navigate most of the website using speech recognition software
listen to most of the website using a screen reader (including the most recent versions of JAWS, NVDA and VoiceOver)
We have also made the website text as simple as possible to understand.
Accessibility tools and advice
Browsealoud - digital inclusion software
This website includes free access to Browsealoud digital inclusion software which offers a host of website reading and translation support - helping visitors to access and understand our website better. Browsealoud includes the following features:
text-to-speech: click on or select any text to hear it read aloud
translation: written and spoken translations in multiple languages
text magnification: enlarges text and reads it out loud
mp3 generation: converts selected text into an MP3 audio file
screen mask: blocks distractions on screen with a tinted mask
web page simplifier: removes clutter from the screen, displaying only the main text
settings: customise options to suit individual needs or preferences
Try Browsealoud out - it's free!
Click the Browsealoud icon at the top right of each page to launch the BrowseAloud toolbar. When you see the BrowseAloud toolbar you can explore the various toolbar options and settings or simply click on any text to hear it read out loud.
AbilityNet - advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability
AbilityNet has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability:
The content listed below is non-accessible for the following reasons.
Issues with Navigation and accessing information
On some web pages or online forms the keyboard tab order may be incorrect
On some pages or online forms the keyboard tab focus may not work in some tab positions
We have no keyboard activated 'skip to main content' feature on this website
We have no option to skip repeated text
Our search box does not display an alt text description or a separate 'search' button (we recommend site visitors simply enter the search term and then press 'Return')
Issues with Acrobat PDFs and Microsoft documents and spreadsheets
Many of our older PDFs and Word documents don't meet accessibility standards - for example, they may not be marked up so they are accessible to a screen reader.
Some of our PDFs and Word documents are essential to providing our services. For example, we have reports and guidance documents published as PDFs and application forms available only as Word or Adobe Acrobat documents.
We plan to create a register of documents which are essential for service delivery and then work to convert these to HTML pages and forms. We aim to have made significant progress by 23 September 2020.