Accessibility Statement for Conference Aston

This accessibility statement covers this website [conferenceaston.co.uk] as the main website for the Business. We are working to improve the digital capabilities to achieve the recommended government standard for web accessibility (WCAG 2.1 AA).
 
At Conference Aston we want to ensure that as many people as possible are able to use our website. For example, as a user with accessible needs, you should be able to zoom in up to 200% without the text spilling off the screen and listen to most of the website using a screen reader.
 
We also aim to make the website text as simple as possible to understand.
 
If you have a disability, AbilityNet has advice on making your device easier to use.
 
How accessible this website is
We know parts of this website are not fully accessible.
 
- you cannot modify the line height or spacing of text
- most older PDF documents are not fully accessible to screen reader software
- you cannot skip to the main content when using a screen reader
- you cannot change colours, contrast levels and fonts
- you cannot navigate the website using just a keyboard
 
What to do if you cannot access parts of this website
If you need information on this website in a different format like accessible PDF, large print, easy read, or audio recording please email webaccessibility@conferenceaston.co.uk.
 
We’ll consider your request and get back to you in 10 days.
 
Reporting accessibility problems with this website
We’re always looking to improve the accessibility of this website and are continuing to audit our content. If you find something that you are unable to access, or we have failed to identify a barrier, please let us know.
 
If you find any problems that are not listed on this page or think we are not meeting accessibility requirements, please email webaccessibility@conferenceaston.co.uk.  
 
Enforcement procedure
If you are unhappy with the response you have received from Conference Aston about your accessibility-related issue, you can make a complaint by emailing webaccessibility@conferenceaston.co.uk.  
 
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
Conference Aston is committed to making its website accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.
 
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.
 
Disproportionate burden
Navigation and accessing information

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)

It’s not always possible to change the device orientation from horizontal to vertical without making it more difficult to view the content. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.3.4 (orientation).

Not all pages have sufficient contrast ratio. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.4.3 (contrast minimum)

It’s not possible for users to change text size. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.4.4 (resize text).

Users are not able to navigate the website using just a keyboard or keyboard interface. This fails WCAG 2.1.1
 
We’ve assessed the cost of fixing the issues with navigation and accessing information. We believe that doing so now would be a disproportionate burden within the meaning of the accessibility regulations. We will make another assessment when the supplier contract is up for renewal.
 
Content that’s not within the scope of the accessibility regulations
 
PDFs and other documents
 
Many of our older PDF documents published before 23 September 2018 do not meet accessibility standards - for example, they may not be structured so they’re accessible to a screen reader. This doesn’t meet WCAG 2.1 success criterion 4.1.2.
 
Some of our PDFs and documents are essential to providing our services. For example, we have PDFs with information on how users can access our services. We plan to either fix these or replace them with accessible HTML pages.
 
The accessibility regulations don’t require us to fix PDFs or other documents published before 23 September 2018 if they’re not essential to providing our services. Any new PDFs or documents we publish will meet accessibility standards.

Third party content
 
Our site includes third party content and functionality. This may direct you to a partner we work with, or supporting documentation. We cannot always guarantee its accessibility.
 
What we’re doing to improve accessibility
 
We are working to improve our website by making the following adjustments by 23rd September 2020.
 
- We will remove out of date elements and features
- We will update any PDF documents that are essential

Preparation of this accessibility statement
 
This statement was prepared on 30th July 2020. It was last reviewed on 30th July 2020.

This website was last tested on 29th July 2020. The test was carried out by our web partner
using both human assessment and third-party analytical software which scanned the site for
accessibility limitations.
 
We will implement a program of continuous improvement.
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