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Website accessibility statement

 

Quick facts on worldwide disability

  • 13% (962 million people) worldwide, 1 in 8 people are aged 60+ years old.
  • 10% (528 million people) worldwide, 1 in 10 people show some signs of dyslexia.
  • 3% (253 million people) worldwide, 1 in 33 people have a vision impairment.
  • 25% of people, 1 in 4 adults in the U.S. and European Union have arthritis.
  • 15% of people aged 15+ worldwide, are illiterate.
  • 25% (12 million adults) in the UK, 1 in 4 people cannot complete basic online tasks.

For more information read this paper Information on different types of people for graphic communication, website and information designers including free infographic by User Design, Illustration and Typesetting (our website designers).

How to zoom-in to text and graphics on this website

Using Firefox.

Using Chrome.

Using Safari.

Overall graphic communication design

We have aimed to make the overall graphic communication design of this website accessible and usable which builds on best practice guidelines and research. We have also structured the various sections of this website and navigation bar into clear parts.

Website accessibility

We have used the latest HTML coding, utilizing navigation, main, footer, figure, section and heading tags which also conforms to the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) standards for valid HTML (HyperText Mark-up Language) and CSS (Cascading Style Sheets). However, some accessibility recommendations by the A11Y Project cause warnings and we decided to go with better accessibility than better validation of code. All webpages pass at level AA (the 2nd highest level available) against the guidelines from the W3C’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0, which was checked using the WAVE Web Accessibility Tool. There are minor issues to do with lacking color contrast which stopped this website from achieving level AAA (the highest available). This website has also been tested using the ChromeVox screen-reader software and the VoiceOver accessibility option on a Mac. The Equality Act 2010 and The Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) Accessibility Regulations 2018 require websites to be accessible to W3C’s level AA guidelines.

Other accessibility features of this website include:

  • Logical and consistent coding and sectioning for webpage code and design.
  • Logical and consistent navigation for keyboard users.
  • A skip-nav (skip navigation bar) link for screen-reader and keyboard users.
  • We also conformed to the A11Y Project checklist.
  • Relevant and descriptive alt tags for images.

PDFs

Due to certain constraints, PDFs have not been fully optimized for accessibility.

Desktop browser compatibility

This website has been cross-platform and cross-browser tested on Windows and Mac operating systems and currently works fine in the following website browsers:

  • Firefox, version 65.
  • Chrome, version 72.
  • Safari, version 12.

Please note: you may experience issues with older versions of these website browsers. Best advice is to use the most up-to-date internet browser (Firefox or Chrome) for Windows or Mac.

Mobile browser compatibility

This website has been tested on a range of mobile phones and currently works fine using the setups below:

  • iPhone 8, iOS version 12, Safari 12.
  • iPhone 7, iOS version 12, Safari 12.
  • Samsung Galaxy J3, Android version 8, Chrome 74.

Please note: you may experience issues with older versions of mobile website browsers. Best advice is to use the most up-to-date internet browser (Firefox or Chrome) for your mobile device.

Accessibility statement date

February 2020.