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Accessibility Statement

Bookshare Ireland is committed to making its website accessible, in accordance with European Union (Accessibility of Websites and Mobile Applications of Public Sector Bodies) Regulations 2020.

This accessibility statement applies to www.bookshare.ie.

Compliance Status

This website is partially compliant with Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1 level AA.

Bookshare Ireland is committed to providing a website that is accessible to the widest possible audience, regardless of technology or ability. We are currently working with IA Labs and NCBI to ensure we meet accessibility standards and continually improve the user experience for everyone.

The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.1) defines requirements for designers and developers to improve accessibility for people with disabilities.

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Accessibility Features of this Website

Skip to content link – is functional on all webpages to allow keyboard users to bypass repeated sections like navigation panes.

Keyboard/Screen reader navigation – has been implemented across all areas of the website to assist users who navigate using assistive technologies or without a mouse.

Accessible images – to inform users using a screen reader or other assistive technologies of an image’s contents.

Accessible forms – have correct focus order and validation.

Correctly structured content with good heading usage – to increase readability and assist users using screen readers or other assistive technologies.

Useful, descriptive link text – to inform users where links will bring them. Where “read more” or “click here” links have been used, ARIA labels have been added for context.

Cross operating system compatibility and mobile navigation – to ensure consistency in layout and navigation across all devices and operating systems.

Accessible documents – can be downloaded in a variety of formats, including braille, audio, DAISY Books, or with dyslexia friendly fonts.

Non-accessible Content

Videos – we are working to create accessible videos that include closed captions and text transcripts.

Preparation of this Accessibility Statement

The Statement was prepared by IA Labs where IA Labs performed a blend of manual and automated accessibility tests using multiple platforms Windows (JAWS, NVDA), Mac (VoiceOver), iOS (VoiceOver), and Android (TalkBack) and their native accessibility tools. A detailed issue log was created to measure against WCAG 2.1 standards. These issues were presented to the development team who amended these issues and brought the website in to WCAG 2.1 AA compliance.

This statement was created by IA Labs in March 2023.

The statement was last reviewed in March 2023.

Feedback and Contact Information

If you find any problems not listed on this page, contact [email protected]

Enforcement Procedure

If you are not happy with our response or if you want to raise an accessibility issue that is not related to this website, you can make a complaint via the [email protected]

WCAG 2.1 Accessibility Auditing Service

If you would like your website, application or digital documents reviewed and tested against the WCAG 2.1 standards, please contact the IA Labs team at [email protected].