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Accessibility Statement

Accessibility Statement

This accessibility statement applies to the Calderdale College Website calderdale.ac.uk. This website is run by Calderdale College. 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:

  • you cannot skip to the main content when using a screen reader
  • keyboard and screen reader users may have some issues with navigation menus
  • many parts of the website do not have focus indication
  • There are various contrast issues across the website
  • Some of our input field labels are only available as placeholder text and so disappear once a user starts typing
  • Some of our login or contact forms are not keyboard accessible

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:

We’ll consider your request and get back to you in 2-3 days. If you cannot view the map on our ‘contact’ page, please call or email us for directions.

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:

Emma Lister, emma.lister@calderdale.ac.uk.

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).

Contacting us by phone or visiting us in person

Find out how to contact us.

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

Calderdale College 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 not compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard. The non-compliances and exemptions are listed below.

Non-accessible content

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

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations

Many of the links across the website are not descriptive. These are either read out as the full URL or are not descriptive enough. Users can find information on the context of most of these links from surrounding content. This fails WCAG 2.4.4 Link Purpose (A). We are currently changing these links to be more descriptive.

Many of the images across the website do not have alternate text or are there for purely decorative reasons but are not excluded from navigation. This fails WCAG 1.1.1 Non-text Content (A) and 1.4.5 Images of text (AA). We are in the process of adding in alt text for all images.

There are various contrast failures across our website pages. These fail WCAG 1.4.3 Contrast (Minimum) (AA). We are currently working to develop our brand colours in order to make sure they meet this requirement and then we will be able to apply them to the website.  

There is currently no skip to content functionality. This fails WCAG 2.4.1 Bypass Blocks (A). We are in the process of adding a skip to content button that will appear on all pages of the website.

We do not have a sitemap or a sitewide search function which provide alternative navigation routes for users. This fails WCAG 2.4.5 Multiple Ways (AA). We are in the process of adding a sitemap that will be linked in the footer. The search bar in the header can be used for searching for courses.

Some input fields on our website have labels as placeholders such as our search function. These disappear once a user starts typing but labels should be persistent. This fails WCAG 3.3.2 Labels and Instructions (A). We are currently in the process of replacing these placeholders with static labels.

The Carousel on the home page suffers from a number of issues including a lack of focus indication, carousel controls are not clearly described and images of text are used or without appropriate alt text. This fails WCAG 2.4.7 Focus Visible (AA), 4.1.1 Parsing (A), 4.1.2 Name, Role, Value (A), 1.1.1 Non-text Content (A) and 1.4.5 Images of Text (AA). We are changing our sliders to ensure images have alt text or actual text is used. We are also ensuring focus indication will be available.

On some of our pages we have links that cause a popup. These may be images that the popup expands, or in our Course Categories page provide information about a given floor of a building. These popups cannot be navigated using a keyboard and so some users are unable to access this content. They can be closed with the Esc key. This fails WCAG 2.1.1 Keyboard (A). We are in the process of reconfiguring this section to ensure this is available to all users. If you would like us to provide this content for you in another format please get in touch.

Some of our pages there is content that should be marked as headings to aid navigation but is not. This fails WCAG 1.3.1 Info and relationships (A). We are currently in the process of fixing this issue.

The Members area login form does not receive focus indication. This makes it extremely hard for some users to gain access to this area. This fails WCAG 2.4.7 Focus Visible (AA). We are in the process of ensuring this section has focus indication.

The error messages presented for the members area login do not correctly identify themselves to screen reader users and do not refocus the user correctly. This fails WCAG 3.3.1 Error Identification (A) and 3.3.3 Error Suggestion (AA). We are currently in the process of fixing this issue.

The sub navigation menu present for all External Funding Unit pages is not correctly described when in its collapsed format. This may cause some users to not understand its purpose and miss content. This fails WCAG 4.1.2 Name, Role, Value (A). We are currently in the process of fixing this issue.

Focus indication is lost on many elements across all pages of our website. Elements that are often affected are images that serve as links to other pages. Our student work page is particularly affected by this issue with none of the main content receiving focus. This fails WCAG 2.4.7 Focus Visible (AA). We are currently ensuring all necessary elements of our website have focus indication.

Disproportionate burden

At this time, we have made no claims of disproportionate burden.

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

Online Maps

On our contact us page there is a map showing the location of the college. There is a full postal address in the footer of every page that can also be used to find us if you cannot use the map for any reason.

Existing Video Content

We have pre-existing video on this website. The regulations do not require us to fix issues with video content published before September 23rd 2020. This video contains captions but does not have audio descriptions or a suitable alternative. If you require this content in a different format please contact us.

Portable Document Format (PDF) and other documents

Some of our PDFs and Word documents are essential to providing our services. By September 2020, we plan to either fix these or replace them with accessible HTML pages.

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

example, we do not plan to fix historical council meeting minute documents published before 23rd September 2018.

Any new PDFs or Word documents we publish will meet accessibility standards.

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

Calderdale College is doing the following to improve the accessibility of this website:

  • Making sure we are allocating resources to fix the above issues.
  • Enabling users to get in touch with the relevant person if they have any more issues we need to address and if they need extra assistance in retrieving the information they need.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 16/9/2020. It was last reviewed on 23rd September 2020.

This website was last tested on 27/07/2020. The test was carried out by All Able Ltd.

All pages of the website were tested.