Accessibility statement for eastmidlandsrfca.co.uk

This accessibility statement applies to the website of East Midlands Reserve Forces and Cadets Association: eastmidlandsrfca.co.uk

This website is run by our in-house Communications team. We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website and are committed to improving accessibility. For example, that means you should be able to:

  • change 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)

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

How accessible this website is

We know a small amount of content on this website is not fully accessible:

  • the colour contrast of some pages is not up to the standard it needs to be
  • screen readers may not be able to read some of the older  PDF documents still stored on our website
  • some older images may not have alternative text descriptions
  • occasionally, we have embedded videos from YouTube, produced by other organisations, to which subtitles were not added and for which there is little description in the accompanying text

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 us at em-enquiries@rfca.mod.uk
  • call us on 0115 924 8610
  • or complete a contact form here

We’ll consider your request and get back to you within 5 working 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 us:

  • email us at em-enquiries@rfca.mod.uk
  • call us on 0115 924 8610
  • or complete a contact form here

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

East Midlands Reserve Forces and Cadets Association 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 exemption listed below.

Non-accessible content

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

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations

Colour contrast levels of text to background.

Navigating and accessing information – there is no way to skip repeated content in the page header.

Disproportionate burden

Non-text content

Some images do not have a text alternative, so people using a screen reader cannot access the information.

Any images which do not contain alternative text descriptions are from past news articles, which are not essential for users to access our services, and serve only to illustrate the text. It would be a disproportionate burden to our small team, at the current time, to add alternative text descriptions to all images.

When we publish new content we’ll make sure our use of images meets accessibility standards.

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

 PDFs and other documents

Some of our older PDFs and Word documents may not work with screen readers.

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.

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

We are updating the colour contrast on our site, and the majority of this will be completed by 1st October. We will continue to work through contrast issues and resolve them by end October 2020.

We are putting in place skip navigation tools to improve access.

When we publish new content, we’ll make sure our use of images, links, documents etc meets accessibility standards. We will review our website regularly to ensure we continue to meet accessibility standards where possible.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 25th September 2020. It was last reviewed on 23rd September 2020.

This website was last tested on 20th September 2020. The test was carried internally.

In deciding on a sample of pages to test, we focussed on the main navigational pages and those most frequently visited. In addition, we checked mostly text based pages; those featuring images or video content; interactive tools such as forms; pdf or word documents; legal information, such as Privacy Policy and Contact Us.