Accessibility Statement

Our commitment and approach to maintaining an accessible website

Worcester Public School is committed to:
  • maintaining an accessible website.
  • ensuring that this website achieves “Level AA” conformance to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1, to comply with the National Disability Authority’s Code of Practice on Accessibility of Public Services and Information Provided by Public Bodies. (The National Disability Authority’s Centre for Excellence in Universal Design has an introduction to policy and legislation relevant to Universal Design in Ireland.)
  • ensuring that all new information on the website will achieve “Level AA” conformance to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1.
  • including accessibility when we procure 3rd-party systems or upgrades to existing systems.

This website’s conformance with official accessibility guidelines

The website currently has A conformance to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1. Our most recent web accessibility audit for this website was on 09.12.18. We want everyone who visits the Worcester Public Schools website to feel welcome and find the experience rewarding.


Areas for improvement and timelines

We are aware of some areas on the website where we could improve accessibility. We are currently working to achieve this. We hope that this website will achieve “Level AA” conformance to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 by Fall 2019.
Areas for improvement, time-lines for improvement, and alternatives
Section of website Need for improvement Timeline for improvement Alternative access
Employment Opportunities Embedded job listings ( 'Open Positions') window requires a mouse. We hope to have improved the accessibility of the  'Open Positions'  section of the website by Fall 2019. If you have problems using the 'Open Positions' section of the website, call us at 508-799-3020 and ask to speak to HR . You can also email us at webmaster@worcesterschools.net
Course Catalog Embedded course listings window requires a mouse. We hope to have improved the accessibility of the  'Course Listings'  section of the website by Fall 2019. If you have problems using the 'Course Listings' section of the website, email us at webmaster@worcesterschools.net
WEA-TV Channel 11 Embedded video player requires a mouse and does not include subtitles. We hope to have improved the accessibility of the player or changed vendors by Fall 2019. None currently
PDF Files Throughout PDFs have not all be made accessible. Going forward we are generating and uploading accessible PDFs and training staff through 2018. Contact webmaster@worcesterschools.net for conversion of any needed files.

How to send feedback on this website’s accessibility

We welcome feedback on the accessibility of this website.

Accessibility features of this website

Accessibility and usability have been key elements considered in the development of this website, so we hope you can find, access and use the information you need. This website has been designed to meet compliance with Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 which supports web accessibility to allow more accessible and usable web environments. This includes:
  • Changing the size of text.
  • Adequate color contrast;
  • Uses of descriptive links and images;
  • Adaptable to different screen sizes, including mobile phones, and
  • Use of plain and simple language.

Navigation using a screen reader:

If you are using a screen reader program, there are a number of aids to help you find your way around the website.

Skip to the main content:

For people using screen readers, each page has a link that says “skip to main content”. Following this link will skip over the page header and navigation menus to take you straight to the content of the page. The page header and navigation are repeated on every page so this avoids hearing them again and again.

Search and search options:

You can search the web site by typing one or more keywords into the search input box at the right hand side of any web page. Plain and simple language: We have tried to write the information on this web site in plain and simple language so it is easy to understand for as many people as possible.


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