ACCESSIBILITY STATEMENT

 

Coltishall Parish Council is committed to providing a website that is accessible to the widest possible audience, regardless of circumstance and ability. We aim to adhere as closely as possible to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0, Level AA), published by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). These guidelines explain how to make Web content more accessible for people with disabilities. Conformance with these guidelines will help make the web more user friendly to everyone. Whilst Coltishall Parish Council strive to adhere to the guidelines and standards for accessibility, it is not always possible to do so in all areas of the website and we are currently working to achieve this. Be aware that due to the dynamic nature of the website, minor issues may occasionally occur as it is updated regularly. We are continually seeking out solutions that will bring all areas of the site up to the same level of overall web accessibility.

 

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliance's listed below.

 
How we have tried to comply with the accessibility regulations
  • Ensured colours, fonts and contrast levels meet the minimum standards

  • Enabled Zoom up to 150% without the text spilling off the screen

  • Ensured most of the website can be navigated using just a keyboard

  • Ensured most of the website can be navigated using speech recognition software

  • Most of the website can be listened using a screen reader (including the most recent versions of JAWS, NVDA and VoiceOver)

  • Non text content such as images have text alternative (‘alt text’)

  • We have not used blinking or flashing content

  • We have used plain English and explained abbreviations

 

AbilityNet has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability.

 

Where we have not complied with the accessibility regulations and need to improve
  • There’s no way to skip the repeated content in the page header (for example, a ‘skip to main content’ option).

  • The text will not re flow in a single column when you change the size of the browser window.

  • You can not modify the line height or spacing of text.

  • Most older PDF documents are not fully accessible to screen reader software.  This does not meet the WCAG 2.1 success criterion 4.1.2 (name, role value).  From August 2020 we aim to publish any news PDFs to meet accessibility standards.

  • Some finance documents and declaration of interest forms are scanned images which cannot be read by a screen reader

  • The text falls off the page past 150% requiring you to use arrows to move up and down or left to right along the screen

  • Some images of text have been used.  We have provided alternative text to make these accessible.

How we tested this website

This website was last tested on 12th August 2020 using the Web Accessibility Evaluation Tool (WAVE) according to WCAG 2.1 AA standards which guide our long-term audit and improvement plans.  This will be reviewed again in August 2021.

Your feedback

If you have any comments and or suggestions relating to improving the accessibility of our site, please do not hesitate to contact the Parish Clerk Rebecca Furr by email at coltclerk@gmail.com, via our website contact enquiry form or by telephone on 07746 542156. Your feedback will help us make improvements.

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