We are committed to providing resources that can be accessed and used by all FE members.
Jisc strives to uphold WCAG 2.1 accessibility standards in both our resources and platform. This includes maintaining that diagrams, text and images have suitable contrast levels to support learners with reading difficulties or the visually impaired. Additionally, platforms are compatible with most devices and we provide alternative formats forresources.
Transcripts for videos, quizzes and activities are provided as Word documents. The guides and infographics can be downloaded as PDFs as well as Word documents.
Text to speech
Interactive resources are embedded with narration providing another format to support a range of learning styles.
Text to speech functionality is also available after transcripts have been downloaded by using Microsoft Word’s ‘Read Aloud’ function. For more information, visit: Learning Tools in Word
Websites aim to be suitable for text-to-speech readers, a commonly used application is available for Chrome and Firefox at addon.readaloud.app
Videos with subtitles
Most of our videos have subtitles. To enable them, select the settings button, usually in the bottom right corner and choose Subtitles, then select your choice of language.
Accessibility web tools
We have developed some ‘message in a minute’ videos, which provide tips on how to make the most of these resources to benefit learners with visual impairments and dyslexia. Topics are:
Listening to text
Text to speech functionality in internet browsers is really beneficial for learners with visual impairments and auditory learners.
Enlarging text in internet browsers supports learners with visual impairments or those who find it helps them to focus when reading text.
Enabling screens to change hue in internet browsers is good for learners with difficulties reading, focusing or with visual impairments.
For more on accessibility see the following:
- What equality law means for you as an education provider: further and higher education
- Equality Act 2010 Technical Guidance on Further and Higher Education
- Equality Act 2010 Technical guidance for schools in Scotland