Due to its unique nature The Open University has developed its own accessibility guidelines. The OU Web Accessibility Guidelines are based on WCAG 2.0 from which each point has been selected and rephrased for clarity and briefly explained. These OU Guidelines categorise each point as either Must, or Should, and in a few cases it omits WCAG success criteria where they deemed to have little relevance in our context.
You can read about this in greater detail on the OU's web standards pages.
There are particular circumstances regarding the OpenLearn website - see Website accessibility at OpenLearn.
If you have difficulty in using this website you can contact us in other ways about the courses we offer.
If you have a visual impairment or dyslexia, you may find making changes to your web browser settings help you use this web site.
To set Internet Explorer to ignore the colours and fonts used in web sites, first go to the ‘Tools’ menu and choose ‘Internet Options’. Then click on the ‘Accessibility’ button, then tick the ‘ignore colours’, ‘ignore font styles’ and ‘ignore font sizes’ boxes. Then click OK to apply the settings.
To change just the size of text go to ‘View - text size’ and choose the setting you are most comfortable with (largest, larger, medium, smaller, smallest).
You may also find it useful to change the default colours and fonts used on your computer. The procedure for doing this is different for different versions of Windows and other operating systems. You should therefore consult your computer’s Help facility for instructions on doing this. Further information is available from AbilityNet’s ‘My computer my way’ website.
If you use a screen reader to access websites, you may find it useful to read how to access pdfs with a screen reader.
For information about how the OU supports disabled students please visit the following pages: