The internet can be a great enabler and source of freedom for disabled users. As such, the value of the WCVA website to our disabled and aging audiences depends on its accessibility. This is an area of importance for WCVA and in keeping with our obligations under the Equality Act, we are committed to ensuring that WCVA services are as accessible to disabled and elderly people as reasonably possible.

We aim for a consistently high level of usability for our entire audience across the WCVA website, following best-practice accessibility guidelines. We engage with disabled, non-disabled and elderly people throughout website development to fully understand user requirements and ensure we produce sites that meet these.

Where possible we aim for our site to meet Priority 1 (level A) and Priority 2 (level AA) of the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines v2.0 (WCAG2.0). When the new site was developed we engaged the services of the Digital Accessibility Testing centre who produced a report on the items that were failing and our supplier then addressed these issues.  However there are a few exceptions that we have identified:

 

Ensure that audio and video has a text alternative

This is a 3rd party plug-in being pulled in from an external source (YouTube) - not all the links are our material therefore we have limited ability to correct this.

We will endeavour to produce multimedia content that meets these requirements, but time and budget constraints mean that it is unfortunately not always practical.

Block linking causing links to be read out twice

This is current standards best practice. Older screen readers do read links twice but it's something that will solve itself as support increases with screen readers and as users update to more modern versions of assistive technologies.

Logo colour contrast

This is a historical logo and was not redesigned as part of the website development

Iframe must not appear as a descendant of the <a>

This is current standards best practice. As we have used modern technologies (such as HTML5) to provide the best possible browsing experience, users of older assistive technologies that require validated HTML will experience minor issues with this, but all core content is also displayed within the page itself and is not dependent on iframe readability.

Carousel has inline css positioning.

One of the technologies that we use on the site to display large images requires inline CSS to display properly in standard web browsers. Content displayed in these carousels is not required for the user to understand the purpose and goals of the page.

 

Technology is changing at a fast pace and our testing has been limited to the more popular browsers and as such we cannot guarantee the full user experience for outdated or lesser known browsers and devices.

 

We welcome feedback from our users, please contact us.

 

1 October 2013