We want everyone who visits the LARIA website to feel welcome and find the experience rewarding.
What are we doing?
To help us make the LARIA website accessible we have been using the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0. These guidelines explain how to make web content more accessible for people with disabilities, and user friendly for everyone. The guidelines have three levels of accessibility (A, AA and AAA). We’ve chosen Level AAA as the target for the LARIA website.
As far as we are aware there are no accredited AAA certification processes, more that maintaining AAA standards is the responsibility of the website owners. It is also worth noting that the AAA standards are guidelines but we are confident that LARIA website satisfies the fundamental accessibility standards. Where there are areas to be improved, we will work on this over time and be guided by people’s real life experiences of using the website.
The WCAG 2.0 guidelines note:
It is not recommended that Level AAA conformance be required as a general policy for entire sites because it is not possible to satisfy all Level AAA Success Criteria for some content.
Although we have designed the website to meet as many of the AAA standards as possible, there are some requirements that we have decided not to follow, in particular in terms of the colour and style. We have however provided an alternative of a high contrast version of the website.
How are we doing?
We’re working hard to achieve our goal of Level AAA accessibility, but we are open to ideas on how we can improve. The following information explains what we are doing to make that happen. We have assessed that we meet the main requirements of AA and AAA – however there are a few issues we are aware of where issues may arise.
1.2.6: Have you provided sign language interpretation for pre-recorded audio content?
We currently have no audio on the website, however if we do we will make transcripts available alongside the video or audio files.
1.4.6: Contrast (Enhanced)
The site is designed with a colour scheme that does not conform to AA or AAA standards. We have made the website available in a high contrast, which can be accessed by clicking on the icon at the bottom of the page.
1.4.8: Can the visual presentation, such as colours, text size, line widths and spacing, be adjusted to suit the user’s requirements?
The site is optimized to fit all content up to 300% zoom. By pressing CTRL and the + key (plus key) or – key (minus key) on your keyboard, or using the scroll wheel on your mouse, you can change the size of the page. Once you have zoomed in to 200%, the page will reset the menu to a side bar.
3.1.6: Is there a tool for identifying specific pronunciation of ambiguous words?
We have tested the site on various web readers and there are no problems pronouncing any of the words on the main menu. If you run into any problems please let us now.
Let us know what you think
If you enjoyed using the LARIA website, or if you had trouble with any part of it, please get in touch. We’d like to hear from you in any of the following ways:
This initial accessibility statement was generated on 18th February 2014 using the Accessibility Statement Generator. We have adapted it accordingly.