Accessibility statement

  1. Introduction
  2. How accessible the website is
  3. What to do if you are unable to access parts of this website
  4. Reporting accessibility problems with this website
  5. Enforcement procedure
  6. Content that is not within the scope of the accessibility regulations
  7. How we tested this website

 

Introduction

This website is run by Research for the Future.

We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website. For example, that means you should be able to:

  • 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 have 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

The Research for the Future website has committed to making its website accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No.2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

We know some parts of this website may not be fully accessible:

  1. Some images may need, but do not have, ‘alt text’ and therefore cannot be read by screen readers.
  2. Some text used for links in page content may not convey enough meaning when addressed out of context to the surrounding content.
  3. Older issues of the Research for the Future newsletter are provided for archive purposes only.
  4. PDF documents of current campaign posters and leaflets are provided for researchers and/or professionals’ promotional activity. All information is included on the website on the corresponding campaign pages.
  5. The second page of our registration form is built and hosted through software provided by our partner organisation NWEH.

What to do if you are unable to access parts of this website

If you need information on this website in a different format, please contact us.

We will consider your request and get back to you within five working days.

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

We are always looking to improve the accessibility of this website. If you find any problems that aren’t listed on this page or think we’re not meeting accessibility requirements, please contact us

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).

Content that is not within the scope of the accessibility regulations

PDFs and other documents

Many of our older PDFs and Word documents don’t meet accessibility standards – for example, our older PDF documents may not be structured so they are accessible to a screen reader. This doesn’t meet WCAG 2.1 success criterion 4.1.2

The accessibility regulations do not require us to fix PDFs or other documents published before 23 September 2018 if they are not essential to providing our services.  For example, we don’t plan to fix pre-existing newsletters, provided as an archive in PDF format.

Some PDFs on our Resource Page are provided as a working resource for health and care staff. For example, staff may wish to print a leaflet for a patient if hard copies were not available.  Whilst these PDF documents are not essential to providing our service, any essential content within them is provided elsewhere on our website.

Any new PDFs or Word documents we publish after September 2020 will meet accessibility standards.

How we tested this website

Cross-browser, functionality and accessibility testing and required action was taken to meet WCAG AA Standard by Pixel Kicks, the company that supports and maintains the Research for the Future website and by North West EHealth, our partner who designed and built the registration form.

Pixel Kicks tested

Using the following browsers

  • Desktop: Chrome, Safari, Firefox, and Edge.
  • Mobile: using iOS Safari, Android Chrome.

Tasks

  • Main website navigation
  • Header
  • Footer
  • Homepage content
  • Contact

Pixel Kicks used the  following software to test the site

Pixel Kicks last tested and updated the website in January 2022.  Pixel Kicks is not a third-party auditor and therefore a test report was not produced

North West EHealth tested

  • Registration form

Using the following browsers

  • Desktop: Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Edge and Internet Explorer 11.
  • Mobile: using iOS Safari, Android Chrome.

North West EHealth used the  following software to evaluate the accessibility of the registration form

North West EHealth last used the Webaim WAVE tool to test and update the registration form on 9 November 2021. Zero accessibility errors or alerts on the embedded input form were reported. 

This statement was prepared on 31 January 2022