Accessibility statement

Accessibility means that web pages and mobile applications, as well as their content, are designed and created in such a way that they can be used with assistive technologies and understood by everyone.

The University of Vaasa website is obligated to comply with the Finnish Act on the Provision of Digital Services which is based on the EU Web Accessibility Directive. According to the law, all users must have equal opportunities to use digital services.

Accessibility status

We want to improve the accessibility and understandability of the University of Vaasa web pages so that we can provide the best possible experience and equal opportunities for all who use our services. We will continue the renewal of our website and content management system throughout  2020, which is essential to the accessibility of our web pages. We use accessibility evaluation applications and internal evaluations as well as external assessments to identify accessibility issues on the web pages.

At the moment, the website is only partially compliant as it still contains pages from the old content management system introduced in 2012. Some of these pages do not fulfil the accessibility requirements. The contents of these pages will be moved to the new content management system in an accessible format by the end of year 2020 after which the old content management system will be shut down. Because the remaining lifespan of the old content management system is only a few months, assuring its accessibility would cause a disproportionate burden and at the same time delay its decommissioning process.

Reported accessibility issues

  • contrasts and colours
  • text alternatives
  • keyboard and screen reader navigation
  • usability of attached files

We are continuously working on improving accessibility and correcting these issues. If you have any questions or improvement proposals regarding the website or its accessibility, please contact us by email

Reporting accessibility issues and requesting information on non-accessible content

If you notice any issues with accessibility, please contact us first by email You may also request the currently non-accessible content to be delivered in an alternative, accessible format. We are required to respond to your feedback within 14 days. In case you are not satisfied with the response or in case you do not receive a response within two weeks, you can report the matter to the Regional State Administrative Agency for Southern Finland. Please see their website for further information about how to report and how the matter will be processed.

Supervisory authority

Regional State Administrative Agency for Southern Finland
Saavutettavuuden valvonnan yksikkö
telephone 0295 016 000

This statement was last updated on 23.9.2020.