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Accessibility Statement

This website is run by the Beacon Project. 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

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 is this website?

Whilst we remain in beta and testing phases, we know some parts of this website are not fully accessible:

  • the text will not reflow in a single column when you change the size of the browser window
  • you cannot modify the line height or spacing of text
  • video streams do not have captions
  • some of our online forms are difficult to navigate using just a keyboard
  • you cannot skip to the main content when using a screen reader
  • listening to the site using a screen reader is disjointed

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, audio recording or braille, please email: beaconproject@cioslep.com

We’ll consider your request and get back to you within 28 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, please email: beaconproject@cioslep.com.

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

Beacon Project 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.

Non compliance with the accessibility regulations

Some images, links, form components and page elements 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, links, form components and page elements during 2020. When we publish new content we’ll make sure our use of images meets accessibility standards.

Disproportionate burden

It has not been appropriate to carry out an assessment of disproportionate burden at this stage of the Beacon Project. As the project moves out of beta and test phases, we will make another assessment, likely to be later in 2020.

How we tested this website

This website was last assessed on 27/02/2020. The assessment was carried out by Gydeline Ltd.

The aim of this initial assessment has been to highlight main areas of accessibility focus. A more detailed test will be performed as the project moves out of beta and test phases.

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

A detailed accessibility roadmap will be produced later in 2020 and will show how and when we plan to improve accessibility on this website.

This statement was prepared and last updated on 27/02/2020.

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