Accessibility statement

The Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) Accessibility Regulations 2018 requires public sector bodies, which includes local councils, to ensure reasonable adjustments are made to websites so they are accessible to people with various disabilities. These include: 

  • Impaired vision 
  • Motor difficulties 
  • Cognitive impairments or learning disabilities 
  • Deafness or impaired hearing

This is the legislation: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2018/952/contents/made

NB. While we aim to comply with these guidelines, we recognise that web technology has moved on since their creation, and a number of them are less applicable now than at their time of publication.

Further to this, as a small parish council we are financially constrained and are not able to hire a developer or agency to update our site on a regular basis. The legislation allows for this. While we have have had a free of charge basic accessibility check performed and some adjustments made, the site still isn’t fully compliant. Section 6 of the legislation describes the disproportionate burden and does not require councils to comply with the accessibility requirement if doing so would impose a disproportionate burden.

Browsers

Our website can be viewed on any browser or device but, for the best possible experience we recommend the latest version of the following browsers:

  • Google Chrome
  • Safari
  • Firefox
  • Internet Explorer
  • Edge

Site code

Our site has been built to comply with standards HTML5 and CSS. At every stage the code has been checked for accessibility using a range of automated tools and manual checks.

Why do I need JavaScript and how do I enable it?

JavaScript is a common computer language that improves the operation of our website across different browsers and platforms. JavaScript also assists with design elements to make the page more attractive and the site, as a whole, easier to navigate.

If you already have JavaScript enabled but it is not recognised, try clearing the browser cache or refreshing the page.

For further help and information on enabling JavaScript in your browser, please visit: https://www.enable-javascript.com/

Accessibility features

Our website can be viewed on a range of different screen sizes and can be changed to suit each user.

You can specify in your browser the web page font sizes, styles and colours of the foreground and background displayed on your computer screen.

Further information on how to customise your internet browser can be found on the following links:

Screen size and colour

Our website can be viewed on a range of different screen sizes.. To help people find information more easily, our website has a search facility, as well as a number of colour and graphic-based navigational cues.

Controlling text and colours in your web browser

You can specify the font sizes, styles and colours and foreground and background colours of web pages displayed on your computer screen.

This is useful for those:

  • With impaired vision
  • Needing a larger font size
  • Needing high-contrast colours
  • You can configure most common internet browsers to use the colours and fonts you specify, your default Windows colours and fonts, or the settings you specify in your own style sheet.

Further information on how to customise your internet browser can be found on the following links:

Internet Explorer: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/products/windows

Chrome: https://support.google.com/chromebook/answer/177893?hl=en

Firefox: https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/accessibility-features-firefox-make-firefox-and-we

Safari: https://www.apple.com/safari/

Browsealoud

Whether you are using a Smartphone, Tablet, PC or Mac, Browsealoud will provide the reading support tools required free of charge.

Browsealoud is a suite of products that provides reading support on websites. Browsealoud reads website content out loud, highlighting each word as it is spoken in a high quality, human-sounding voice.

Browsealoud may be helpful to:

  • Anyone with low literacy skills or dyslexia
  • People who don’t have English as a first language
  • Those with some visual impairment
  • Anyone who would prefer to listen to text rather than read it.

How do I get Browsealoud?

Browsealoud is free to use and works with all major browsers.

To ensure Browsealoud works on every page you want to read, please ensure javascript is enabled on your device,

Browsealoud can be launched from the menu by clicking on the ‘Listen with Browsealoud’ link.

Alternatively, by downloading the free text to speech software BrowseAloud (download size is approximately 2.5MB).

Document accessibility

Adobe Acrobat and PDF files

Adobe Acrobat is a popular document exchange medium. It works on the principle that documents produced in most software packages can be transformed into a .pdf file (the Adobe Acrobat format) and then read by the free reader package available from Adobe called Adobe Acrobat Reader. A key advantage is that it preserves all the formatting of the original file, including images, font and layout.

To read the documents you must first download the reader software from the Adobe Website.Adobe Acrobat reader as a helper application

You can add Acrobat Reader as a helper application to your browser so that it will launch automatically when you try to access a PDF file online.

Access Adobe

If you have a visual impairment you can find more information on accessibility and PDF files by visiting the Access Adobe Website.

Feedback

We welcome feedback on the accessibility and usability of our website.  If you have had any problems or any issues while using our site, we would like to hear about it!

You can use the contact form on our site

Email: middletonleystersparishclerk@gmail.com

Conformance Date

This Accessibility statement was issued in July 2020.