Accessibility Statement

Accessibility Statement for Earlham Institute

This accessibility statement applies to https://earlham.ac.uk/

This website is run by Earlham Institute. We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website. For example, that means you should be able to:

  • change colours, contrast levels and fonts
  • zoom in up to 300% without the text spilling off the screen
  • navigate most of the website using just a keyboard
  • navigate most of the website using speech recognition software
  • listen to most of the website using a screen reader (including the most recent versions of JAWS, NVDA and VoiceOver)

We’ve also made the website text as simple as possible to understand.

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

How accessible this website is

We know some parts of this website are not fully accessible:

  • you cannot skip to the main content when using a screen reader
  • navigation is not highlighted on focus
  • majority of images are missing alternative text
  • The search form is currently not fully accessible to screen reader users to indicate the function of the form
  • Some links contain no text. This can introduce confusion for keyboard and screen reader users.
  • There are some broken ARIA references which means the ARIA labels and descriptions will not be presented to users of assistive technologies

Feedback and contact information

If you need information on this website in a different format like accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille:

We’ll consider your request and get back to you.

If you cannot view the map on our ‘contact us’ page, call or email us [http://www.earlham.ac.uk/contact-us] for directions.

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

We’re always looking to improve the accessibility of this website. If you find any problems not listed on this page or think we’re not meeting accessibility requirements, contact: Greg Jones, Head of Communications via enquiries@earlham.ac.uk or call +44 [0] 1603 450 001

Enforcement procedure

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is responsible for enforcing the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018 (the ‘accessibility regulations’). If you’re not happy with how we respond to your complaint, contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS).

Contacting us by phone or visiting us in person

We provide a text relay service for people who are D/deaf, hearing impaired or have a speech impediment.

Our offices have audio induction loops, or if you contact us before your visit we can arrange a British Sign Language (BSL) interpreter.

Find out how to contact us [http://www.earlham.ac.uk/contact-us].

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

Earlham Institute is committed to making its website accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

Compliance status

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

Non-accessible content

The content listed below is non-accessible for the following reasons.

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations

  • The language of the site is not identified. Identifying the language of the page allows screen readers to read the content in the appropriate language. It also facilitates automatic translation of content. This fails WCAG 3.1.1 (Language of Page)
    • We aim to resolve this issue by November 2020.
  • There’s no way to skip the repeated content in the page header (for example, a ‘skip to main content’ option). This fails WCAG 2.4.1(bypass blocks)
    • We aim to introduce a ‘skip to main content’ option by November 2020.
  • Navigational elements are currently not highlighted on focus. This fails WCAG 2.4.7 (focus visible)
    • We aim to ensure that all navigation is accessible and highlighted on focus by November 2020.
  • Some images do not have a text alternative, so people using a screen reader cannot access the information. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.1.1 (non-text content).
    • We plan to add text alternatives for all images by November 2020.
  • When we publish new content we’ll make sure our use of images meets accessibility standards
  • The search form is currently not fully accessible to screen reader users to indicate the function of the form. See WCAG 2.4.4 (Link Purpose) and WCAG 3.3.2 (Labels or Instructions)
    • We plan to place text content within the <button> element or give the <input> element a value attribute by December 2020.
  • Some areas of text have a low contrast ratio between the text colour and the background colour, resulting in possible reading issues for some users with partial vision. This fails WCAG 1.4.3 (minimum contrast)
    • We aim to change the colours used on the site so all text and backgrounds are displayed with an appropriate contrast ratio of 4.5:1 or higher by December 2020.
  • There are some broken ARIA references which means the ARIA labels and descriptions will not be presented to users of assistive technologies. This fails WCAG 4.1.2 (Name, Role, Value)
    • We aim to resolve these errors by December 2020.
  • Some links contain no text. This can introduce confusion for keyboard and screen reader users. This fails WACG 2.4.4 (Link purpose)
    • We aim to add text to all links by December 2020.

Content that’s not within the scope of the accessibility regulations

Any new PDFs or Word documents we publish will meet accessibility standards.

Live video - We do not plan to add captions to live video streams because live video is exempt from meeting the accessibility regulations.

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

Our accessibility roadmap [https://www.earlham.ac.uk/accessibility-changes] shows how and when we plan to improve accessibility on this website.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 21 September 2020. It was last reviewed on [21 September 2020].

This website was last tested on 19 September 2020. The test was carried out by Angie and Andy Walker Design Services.

You can read the full accessibility test report [Link to Accessibility Report]. (PDF document).