What is accessibility?

Wikipedia notes accessibility as a general term used to describe the degree to which a service, environment or device is accessible by as many people as possible.  It is often used to focus on people with disabilities and their right of access to information, training, places of work, sport and leisure, and the community generally. 

Accessibility at JET

One of our goals at JET is to make our web pages easier to navigate and read.  While this is primarily intended to assist those with disabilities, it can be helpful to all readers.   We have made a number of accessibility features on this website such as larger font sizes, screen colour changes and speak page function, so that it is easier for you to access the site.  We hope that by doing this that other websites in Jersey will follow suit and make access for many people easier.

JET's Oakfield Building has been designed to be accessible for people with disabilites, though we acknowledge that all people are different and therefore have different accessibility needs.  Some of the accessibility features of the Oakfield Building are:

  • platform lift
  • electric opening doors
  • accessible toilet with ceiling track hoist and change table
  • colour coded room signs with corresponding picture
  • adjustable height bench and sink space in training kitchen
  • induction hob, alternative height ovens with side opening doors
  • adaptive software and hardware technology for computer training
  • Smart whiteboards for interactive learning
  • quiet room for relaxation and decreasing anxiety
  • plus many more

Barriers to accessibility

Some barriers for people with disabilities may involve:

  • the physical environment eg. poor lighting, height of counters, noticeboards, steps, doorways etc
  • 'psychological ramps' such as stereotypes, myths and prejudices held by other people about the lack of abilities of people with disabilities
  • organisational barriers such as systems, rules or ways of providing services that disadvantage people with disabilities
  • information and communication barriers such as failure to provide information in a range of accessible formats for people with visual impairments and learning difficulties, or failure to provide alternatives to visual or audible information such as sign language interpreters.

How can we get more information and help about accessibility?

Making something accessible can be simple and inexpensive.  JET can also assist companies to support their  employee with a disability in the workplace with JET's Occupational Therapist completing a worksite visit and if necessary helping the company apply to Jersey's Social Security Department and accessing the Adaptation Grant for their employee.