Artsbox accessibility statement

Artsbox has been designed and developed with careful consideration for the needs of all of its users. The following statement of accessibility gives guidance on the accessibility of Artsbox and aims to help ensure all users can enjoy the site.

Find the right assistive technology to customise this site to your needs

While the Artsbox site has been created to be usable 'as is', many people may benefit from tailoring their user experience to their specific needs by customising their computer. For example, to have the site spoken to them, to change its colour-scheme, or increase the size of its fonts.

If that sounds like it would be useful to you, we recommend you visit BBC My Web, My Way to watch videos of how these customisations – either using accessibility features of your computer or through installing assistive technologies - might suit you.

The Artsbox App aims to be clear and easy to use. However, many people may get more out of the app by using the following built-in tools:

  • If you are an iOS user, please look at Apple's accessibility tools such as Voice-Over
  • If you are an Android user, please look at Android's accessibility tools such as Talkback

If you are a young person having difficulties with the website or the app, we recommend talking to your adviser or parent and asking them to work with you, or help you to pick the right assistive technology.

Limitations of this site's accessibility

While we have worked hard on the accessibility of Artsbox, you may find there are some limitations.

  • While the site has been designed to be as accessible as possible and has been tested in schools and colleges with young people with a range of impairments, we have been unable to fully test Artsbox with young people with vision impairments or using voice navigation software.
  • If you are a screen reader user, we recommend using the Artsbox App to create and upload content into your Artsbox. This will be the easiest way for you to build your profile.
  • Artsbox requires users to fill in a uses a visual, text-based captcha when they sign up to Artsbox, to protect the Artsbox community against website spam. We are looking at other, more user-friendly ways of doing this, for people with vision and literacy difficulties.
  • We are currently looking into ways of customising the look of Artsbox for users who would prefer different colours and font size.
  • Much of this site's content is user-generated or borrowed from other sites. While we encourage users to add captions for images and transcripts for video and audio, we cannot guarantee they will be provided.
  • We are also looking into the possibility of including the facility for Artsbox users to add captions to videos in the Artsbox media player in the future.
  • While we do not currently have the resources to provide BSL interpreted video, BSL users may use the video upload facilities of Artsbox to store BSL content in their profiles.
  • Younger users may need some assistance finding files and uploading them, due to the complexities of using the file system in a computer. We recommend using the Artsbox App as an alternative, as its been purposefully designed to be as simple and accessible as possible.

Let us know if you have difficulties using this site

If you have any difficulties using Artsbox, please send an email to

To help us get to the bottom of your difficulty, it would help us if you provide the information advised in 'Contacting Organisations about Inaccessible Websites' in your request.

This statement was last updated on 28th January 2014 and follows the advice on accessibility statements in British Standard BS 8878 (which is summarised in How to write an effective Accessibility Statement)