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Labster Accessibility Statement

This statement applies to the Labster application which is accessed via a web browser. Labster is a third-party virtual lab simulations application managed at the University of Leeds by the Digital Education Systems Team.

It is designed to WCAG AA and AAA standards. Labster are committed to providing improvements to the accessibility features of their application.

Labster Accessibility Guidance

See Labster Accessibility on the Labster website for the most up-to-date guidance.

A Voluntary Product Assessment Template (VPAT) was also provided by Labster in June 2021:

Open Labster VPAT PDF (pdf), File Download

How accessible is Labster?

Labster will allow you to:

  • Navigate most of the application using just a keyboard
  • Lab simulations can be navigated using only the keyboard.
  • A built-in screen reader is provided to provide text alternatives to objects and images in some simulations.

We know some parts of Labster are not fully accessible. The following statements are taken from Labster's VPAT document:

  • Whilst colour is not used as the sole means of conveying information in most areas, a new feature to indicate hovering has been developed and is currently being implemented.
  • Users who are blind will only be able to use accessibility options on some simulations.

The Digital Education Systems Team continually work with the suppliers of third-party applications to influence improved user experience for everyone. While suppliers are committed to working actively to resolve the accessibility issues with their application, AbilityNet has advice that may make our digital education systems more usable in their current state. Their guides offer instructions on how to adapt your phone, computer or tablet to meet your needs. You can search for a specific need (e.g. making text larger) or filter the guides based on your symptoms or conditions.

Feedback and contact information

If you need the information on this webpage in a different format like accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille, please contact the IT Service Desk:

  • If you can log in to the IT website, use the Log an incident form. If you are unable to log in to the IT website, use the Contact us form.
  • Phone: 0113 343 3333

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 are not happy with how we respond to your concerns, you can contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS).

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