Accessibility statement

This accessibility statement applies to the Acis Group website for England

We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website. This means you should be able to:
* Change colours, contrast levels and fonts using browser functionality
* Zoom in up to 400 per cent 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
* Interact with most of the website using a screen reader (including recent versions of JAWS, NVDA and VoiceOver)

We also try 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 from several accessibility reports that parts of this website are not fully accessible. Many of our PDFs are not fully accessible to screen reader software due to legacy issues.  

Accessibility Audit - July 03 2023

This document outlines our commitment to ongoing accessibility through regular WCAG 2.1 AA audits. By adhering to these standards, we aim to continually identify and resolve accessibility barriers, ensuring our digital services remain inclusive

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Issues addressed since the Accessibility audit in July 2023.

1.1.1 – Failed
08/01/2023 – Non-text Content
All alt tags updated with description

2.4.4 – Failed
15/07/2023 – Link Purpose
External links required a label: outlining they are leaving the site. Issues resolved site wide.

2.4.8 – Failed
15/07/2023 – A breadcrumb trail
Breadcrumb required a roll tag. Issue resolved site wide.

* Some online forms are not easy for screen readers to navigate
* Some of our links and images are not self-explanatory to screen reader users
* We link to websites or software we do not own or manage and cannot guarantee their accessibility

We are actively working to address these issues as part of an ongoing programme to improve the accessibility of this website.

Feedback and contact information

We are always looking to improve the accessibility of this website. Contact Us if you have an accessibility query including:
* Issues with accessing information or using this website
* An accessibility problem not listed on this statement
* Any positive feedback about this website’s accessibility

Enforcement procedure
If you contact us with a complaint and you are not happy with our response contact….  

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").

Technical information about this website's accessibility
We're committed to making this 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 non-compliances listed below.

Non-accessible content
The content that is not accessible is listed below together with an explanation.

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations
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* The structure of the content is not always available to assistive technology, which makes the content difficult to understand and navigate for users of screen readers (Info and Relationships 1.3.1)
* The reading order of the content is not always logical, which means some content does not make sense when read out by text-to-speech software (Meaningful Sequence 1.3.2)
* Images do not always have text alternatives, which means some content is not available when using text-to-speech software (Text Alternatives 1.1.1)

Older pages (legacy)
* Autocomplete suggestions for the Location search box in the "Find Services" area of the website are not announced by screen readers (Status Change 4.1.3)
* Issues in the build of older or more complex tables affect the relationship between headings and cells of data making the table inaccessible to users of assistive technology (Info and Relationships 1.3.1)
* Some images within tables are missing alternative text descriptions meaning they are not announced by screen readers (Non-text Content 1.1.1)

3rd-party content

Self-assessment and interactive tools
* Overlay content (such as modal windows) allow focus to move outside and/or behind the window (Focus Order 2.4.3)
* Groups of radio buttons and checkboxes are not announced correctly by screen readers (Info and Relationships 1.3.1)
* Components such as progress bars, buttons and radio buttons have not been built in an accessible way and so may not be announced and might be difficult to interact with (Name, Role, Value 4.1.2)
* Some errors have not been explained in text (Error Identification 3.3.1)
* Text acting as a heading has not been built using the correct HTML tag (Info and Relationships 1.3.1)
* Tools contain low contrast text (Contrast Minimum 1.4.3) and low contrast graph images (Non-Text Contrast 1.4.11)
* Colour alone has been used to convey information on buttons within interactive tools (Use of Colour 1.4.1)

Video player
* Low contrast text on the controls for the player (Contrast Minimum 1.4.3)
* Player control text overlaps at certain zoom percentages (Reflow 1.4.10)
* Player tooltips cannot be dismissed without moving mouse (pointer) or keyboard focus (Content on Hover or Focus 1.4.13)

Survey component
* Survey invite is not announced to users of assistive technology (Status Change (4.1.3)
* Focus is not managed between steps of survey (Focus Order 2.4.3)

Keyboard navigation
* Focus indicator is missing on carousel component (Focus Visible 2.4.7)

Content visibility
* Low contrast focus indication style on: links, buttons, form fields, search components and other interactive items (Non-Text Contrast 1.4.11)
* Status tool tip text for mobile apps can only be triggered by hovering the mouse (Content on Hover or Focus 1.4.13)

Screen readers
* Inaccessible HTML such as empty ARIA (accessible rich internet applications) Landmarks, incorrect or broken instances of the ARIA attributes and empty lists or lists with 1 item (Info and Relationships 1.3.1)
* Form labels are missing or broken (Info and Relationships 1.3.1)
* Decorative images are not hidden from screen readers (Non-text Content 1.1.1)
* Colour alone is used to convey information on text blocks that warn or provide important information for users (Use of Colour (1.4.1)

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

PDFs and other documents
Many of our older PDFs do not meet accessibility standards. 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. We do have plans to remove or replace some of the PDFs with more accessible content alternatives. Wherever possible, we avoid PDFs. Instead we create content as structured web pages in HTML.

Some of our older videos do not meet accessibility standards because they do not have captions. The accessibility regulations do not require us to fix videos published before 23 September 2020. We are actively working to add captions to the most popular older videos.

What we're doing to improve accessibility

List items that fail and what we are going to do and when…..

Preparation of this accessibility statement
This statement was prepared on:

This website was last tested on: by H&H Reeds who performed an expert evaluation of over 40 pages against all level A and AA success criteria of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1. Content was selected to ensure a good representation of different pages, templates and components were tested as well as key content and user journeys.

This website's accessibility will be reviewed on a regular basis. We will update this accessibility statement with any relevant changes.

The Acis Group website has been developed with accessibility in mind. With the right tools you will be able to read, not just this site, but much of the internet. Please contact us if you finding a section not meeting your requirements…

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