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This is the website accessibility statement in line with Public Sector Body (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

This website is run by the NCJDRSU Team based at the University of Edinburgh. We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website. For example, that means you should be able to:

  • change most of the colours, contrast levels and fonts
  • zoom in up to 200% without the text spilling off the screen
  • navigate most of the website using 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)
  • ensure no information is conveyed by colour or sound only

We’ve also made the website text as simple as possible to understand.


Customising the website

AbilityNet has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability.

AbilityNet - My computer my way

The following links provide guidance on how to change your display settings, depending on your preferred browser:


Contacting us by phone using British Sign Language

British Sign Language service

British Sign Language Scotland runs a service for British Sign Language users and all of Scotland’s public bodies using video relay. This enables sign language users to contact public bodies and vice versa. The service operates from 8am to 12 midnight, 7 days a week. 

British Sign Language Scotland service details


How accessible this website is

We know some parts of this website are not fully accessible:

  • May not be fully compatible with screen readers
  • May not be able to access all content by using the keyboard and sometimes it is unclear where the user has tabbed to
  • Not all colour contrasts meet recommended WCAG 2.1 AA standards
  • Not all images have alternative text
  • There is some use of italics and continuous capitals
  • Tooltips are not present for all content
  • Some link text may not make sense out of context when read by a screen reader


What to do if you cannot access parts of this website

If you need information on this website in a different format like accessible PDF, large print, audio recording or braille please contact:


Phone:  +44 (0)131 537 1980/2128/3103

Post : The National Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Research & Surveillance Unit, Bryan Matthews Building, Western General Hospital, Crewe Road, Edinburgh EH4 2XU


We’ll consider your request and get back to you in 5 working days.

Reporting an accessibility problem with this website

Please get in touch if you are experiencing any problems accessing our information and services online. You can contact us by emailing


Enforcement procedure

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is responsible for enforcing the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018 (the ‘accessibility regulations’). If you’re not happy with how we respond to your complaint please contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS) directly.

Contact details for the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS)


Technical information about this website’s accessibility

The University of Edinburgh is committed to making its website accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliances listed below.

The full guidelines are available at: Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1


Non accessible content

The following items to not comply with the WCAG 2.1 AA success criteria:

  • It is not possible to use a keyboard to access all the content
  • Most tooltips disappear as soon as the cursor moves. Also tooltips are not always present for all icons and images.
  • There may not be sufficient colour contrast between font and background colours especially where the text size is very small.
  • Visual information to identify user interface components, such as keyboard focus, do not always have a sufficient contrast ratio
  • Some content cannot be presented without loss of information when magnified to the maximum browser level
  • Some content cannot be presented without loss of information if the line height, paragraph spacing, letter spacing or word spacing is increased.
  • All non-text content that is presented to the user has a text alternative that serves the equivalent purpose, except for the situations listed below.
  • Where receiving and then removing pointer hover or keyboard focus triggers additional content to become visible and then hidden.


Disproportionate burden

We are not claiming disproportionate burden with any part of the website at this time. We will make another assessment within 12 months.


Content that’s not within the scope of the accessibility regulations

PDF documents:

The accessibility regulations do not require us to fix PDFs or other documents published before 23 September 2018 if they’re not essential to providing our services. For example, we do not plan to fix the translated downloadable print versions of the toolkit. The same information is available on the website which can be translated using browser tools.

Any new PDFs or Word documents we publish will meet accessibility standards.


How we tested this website

We tested:

•          Spellcheck functionality

•          Data validation

•          Scaling using different resolutions

•          Options to customise the interface (magnification, font and background colour changing etc)

•          Keyboard navigation

•          Warning of links opening in a new tab or window

•          Information conveyed in colour or sound only

•          Flashing or scrolling text

•          Use with screenreading software (ChromeVox Classic Extension)

•          Time limits

We also tested a sample of the pages using an automated web accessibility checker - WAVE Web Accessibility Evaluation Tool WAVE Web Accessibility Evaluation Tool


What we’re doing to improve accessibility

We will continue to work with Web Development Team to address these issues and deliver a solution or suitable workaround.

We will continue to monitor system accessibility and will carry out further accessibility testing as these issues are resolved. However, due to the complex nature of the information displayed it may not be possible to resolve all accessibility issues. If this is the case, we will ensure reasonable adjustments are in place to make sure no user is disadvantaged.


This statement was prepared on May 2020. It was last updated on July 2023.