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Accessibility statement for Essex Safeguarding Adults Board

This accessibility statement applies to the Essex Safeguarding Adults Board website located at essexsab.org.uk.

This website is run by Essex County Council. 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:

  • The full menu cannot be accessed with a keyboard
  • The cookie banner cannot be dismissed with some assistive technologies
  • Zooming in without dismissing the cookie banner first will make it impossible to view the page content and when dismissed some content does not fit the page
  • When increasing font-size some text is impossible to read as it overlaps other elements
  • The contrast for text in the menu and footer is low
  • Some graphics have very low contrast
  • Some graphics include text with no alternative
  • Some images have no alternatives making it difficult to understand their purpose
  • Not all content is included in landmarks making it difficult for users of assistive technologies to navigate between sections on the page
  • Headings are used incorrectly and could confuse users as to the pages purpose
  • The search field is not labelled correctly making it difficult to identify

 

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:

  • email ESAB@essex.gov.uk
  • call 03330 131 019
  • We’ll consider your request and get back to you in 20 days.

 

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: [provide both details of how to report these issues to your organisation, and contact details for the unit or person responsible for dealing with these reports].

 

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).

 

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

 

Essex County Council 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

 

Not all functionality is operable with a keyboard. Sub-menu items cannot be accessed with a keyboard. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion (Keyboard)

We plan to ensure all functionality is operable with a keyboard by 1st June 2021.

 

There are instances where the visible label does not match the accessible name making it difficult for users of assistive technologies to interact with certain elements. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion (Label in name)

We plan to make the accessible name identical to the visible label by 1st June 2021

 

When attempting to change a dropdown you are taken to another page. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 3.2.2 (On input)

We plan to ensure changing an element does not change context by 1st June 2021

 

When zooming in to 400% elements overflow the page meaning you cannot see the content. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.4.10 (Reflow)

We plan to ensure that all elements reflow correctly when changing zoom levels by 1st June 2021.

 

When increasing font size to 200% some text does not resize. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.4.4 (Resize text)

We plan to ensure that when resizing text all content can read by 1st June 2021

 

Some items do not meet the minimum requirements for contrast making it difficult for users with visual impairments to see. This fails success criterion 1.4.3 (Contrast (Minimum))

We plan to improve the contrast ratios to meet the minimum requirements by 1st June 2021

 

Some images have a very low contrast making it difficult for impaired users to clearly see the image. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.4.11(Non-text contrast)

We plan to ensure all graphics meet the minimum contrast requirements by 1st June 2021

 

Some images include text with no suitable alternative in communicating the text to the user. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.4.5 (Images of text)

We plan to ensure all images are free from text by 1st June 2021

 

Most images have no alternatives making it difficult to identify the purpose of the image. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.1.1 (Non-text content).

We plan to add accurate alternatives to all images by 1st June 2021

 

Some content is not included in landmarks and some landmarks do not exist making it difficult for users of assistive technologies to navigate. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.3.1 (Info and Relationships)

We plan to add the correct landmarks to all content by 1st June 2021.

 

The heading structure of the page is confusing as there are 2 heading one tags. This can confuse users to the purpose of the page This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.4.6 (Headings and Labels)

We plan to ensure headings are all used correctly by 1st June 2021

 

The search field has no label making it difficult to understand the purpose of the input field. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 3.3.2 (Labels or instructions)

We plan to add informative labels to all inputs by 1st June 2021

 

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

 

PDFs and other documents

Most of our older PDFs and downloadable documents do not meet accessibility standards. However, we plan to ensure that moving forward all PDFs meet WCAG 2.1 Accessibility standards.

The accessibility regulations do not require us to fix PDFs or other documents published before 23 September 2018 if they’re not essential to providing our services.

For documents that are essential to providing our services, such as: -

  • Information on how users can access our service
  • Forms published in word documents and PDFs

we are developing a strategy to ensure that they are made accessible.

The strategy prioritizes PDFs that are opened/used regularly or have information that is a statutory requirement. We are also developing training and guidance to help all document creators develop accessible documents.

Our plans are to ensure that all essential PDFs meet accessibility regulations by 1st June 2021.

 

 

Live Video

 

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

 

Preparation of this accessibility statement

 

This statement was prepared on [date when it was first published]. It was last reviewed on [date when it was last reviewed].

This website was last tested on 10/09/2020. The test was carried out by Essex County Council.