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  • Website Accessibility
    Policy Statement

    We have designed this web-site to be accessible to everyone. Cork County Council is committed to accessibility and is working to improve accessibility for all of our web-sites, council offices and public facing services.


    This site uses HTML headings to organise page content. Some assistive technologies will allow you to navigate from heading to heading using a screenreader.

    Text size

    You can modify the size of the text using the controls in your browser. In Internet Explorer, select Text Size from the View menu item. Then choose the preferred size. If you have a wheel mouse hold the control key down and scroll up and down to adjust the text size.


    The Cork County Council website is now speech-enabled, which means that you can download free software onto your personal computer and have various pages from the site read aloud to you. The free software is called Browsealoud. More information on Browsealoud

    PDF and other non HTML documents

    Some of the pages on the site contain links to PDF, MSWord and MS Excel documents for download. We are aware that these formats may cause an accessibility barrier to some users. If you require a document in an alternative accessible format there is "request in alternative format" image link beside each non-HTML document link. Choose your preferred format and provide some contact details and we will send you the document in the required format. Someone from the council will contact you first to check that all of the details are correct. Every link to non-HTML content should have an associated request link, however if we have missed the document you require copy the full link title and paste it into this alternative format request form.

    Current Status

    Cork County Council has made considerable efforts to improve the accessibility of this website throughout 2006 and 2007. This includes three rounds of accessibility auditing and extensive modifications to almost every page on the website. In addition the site has also undergone a series of users tests involving people with a range of abilities and using a range of assistive technologies.

    We are aware that the following sections of the site are not currently completely accessible to all users:

    Online Register of Electors - eReg

    The current version of Online Register of Electors System is not currently fully accessible. Although Cork County Council is not responsible for the delivery of this service we are currently discussing upgrades with the provider, the Local Government Computer Service Board (LGCSB).

    Future Plans

    We are currently planning the redesign of the Cork County Council web site to improve the quality of service for all council customers. As part of the redesign we intend to further improve the accessibility of the site with a series of changes including:

    • A move to Web Standard xHTML site templates.
    • Reduced reliance on PDF for publishing electronic documents online.
    • Increase use of accessible online forms for the delivery of services.
    • A move to customer focussed service model approach.
    • Improved search and navigation features

    We have made efforts to make this site accessible to as many people as possible. However if you notice something that can be improved please contact us.

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