What is accessibility?
Accessibility is the term used to describe how a product, service or place can be easily used by as many people as possible. Accessibility is about making things usable to all people, whatever their age, ability or disability.
Cockburn ARC, as a facility owned and operated by the City of Cockburn, is committed to being an accessible and inclusive facility. We strive to ensure that information published on this website is accessible to all users including older people as well as people with visual, hearing, cognitive or motor impairments, and that the technology we use does not interfere or deny any user from accessing this information.
The website has been designed in accordance with the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) internationally recognised Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) guidelines.
The WAI is a set of guidelines for producing usable and accessible websites and detailed information can be found on the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) website.
Where possible our website aims to conform to Level AA of the W3C’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0.
We recognise that some information on this website is not as accessible as it could be. Information and online accessibility is an ongoing process and we are continually working to improve the accessibility of this website.
The following areas of the website have been developed by third parties does not meet Level AA:
- Creche,Swim ARCademy assessment and gym induction booking tool
- Membership portal
- Application form
Login areas to separate websites:
- Swim desk login for Swim ARCademy
- Sports Fixtures and Ladder
We are working on improving the accessibility of these areas.
If you experience any accessibility problems with our website or with any of the information or documents contained within it please contact us.
Note regarding online forms – check box and radio buttons and colour contrast ratios
Whilst we have gone to great lengths to make all of its online forms AA accessible, the use of check box and radio buttons in some browsers will be using the default border which has a low colour contrast ratio. This will be an issue for people with low vision, colour deficiencies, or the loss of contrast sensitivity that typically accompanies aging, who require enough contrast between the border and its background in order to know the element is there and where the clickable area is. Failure to alter this is due to the websites content management solution which does not allow the developers to alter the markup generated which is required to alter these colour contrasts.
To help you use our website, the following features are either provided or supported:
We make every effort to ensure this website is easily readable using 'plain English' wherever possible, while ensuring the website's design is not an obstacle to its usability or readability.
Skip to content
A 'skip to content' link appears at the top of every page, in the header area. Selecting the 'skip to content' link will take you to the page's main content area.
Increasing and decreasing text size
To scale the font size, use your browsers resizing function. Refer to your browser user guide or instruction on how to use this feature.
Keyboard navigation for links and form elements
In most browsers, you can use the 'Tab' key to move between links without having to use the mouse. When you are on a link you wish to visit, pressing 'Enter' will take you to the linked page.
If you are in a form, you can also use the 'Tab' key to move between form elements (such as text boxes and radio buttons). Where there are options, for example in a drop-down menu, you can use the arrow keys to select your desired option. When you want to submit or cancel a form, tab through to the relevant button and press the 'Enter' key.
The following keyboard shortcuts are available from every page. The special key mentioned is usually the 'Alt' key or the 'Ctrl' key but depends on which browser you use as well as your computer's operating system. Instructions are listed for the most popular web browsers but other browsers may provide similar functionality.
Special key + C = takes user to the main content area
Special key + S = takes user to the search area (top right side of the page)
Refer to your preferred browsers user guide for instruction on how to use access keys.
If you use assistive software such as Jaws or NVDA, you can use its features to present you with link lists, or to shift the focus directly to tables and lists in a page.
We are committed to making our site as user-friendly as possible. Extensive testing has been conducted on this site with key community groups and stakeholders. This feedback has been integrated into the design, navigation and content of our site. We will continue to develop, evaluate and improve the usability of our site to ensure our users’ needs are being met