Accessibility Statement for CDN’s websites
This accessibility statement applies to: www.cdn.ac.uk; https://professionallearning.collegedevelopmentnetwork.ac.uk; and www.cdnvirtual.scot
These websites and platforms are run by College Development Network (CDN). We want as many people as possible to be able to use our websites. 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. AbilityNet is a UK charity that exists to change the lives of disabled people by helping them to use digital technology at work, at home or in education.
How accessible is our website?
We know some parts of this website are not fully accessible:
- You cannot modify the line height or spacing of text
- Most older PDF documents are not fully accessible to screen reader software
- Live video streams do not have captions
- Some of our online forms are difficult to navigate using just a keyboard
- You cannot skip to the main content when using a screen reader
- There’s a limit to how far you can magnify the map on our ‘contact us’ page
Feedback and contact information
If you need information on this website, please contact:
- 01786 272400
We’ll consider your request and get back to you in 5 working days.
If you cannot view the map on our ‘contact us’ page, call or email us for directions at:
- 01786 272400
What to do if you can’t access parts of this website
We’re always looking to improve the accessibility of this website. Please contact us if you find any problems not listed on this page or think we’re not meeting accessibility requirements.
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 at: https://www.cdn.ac.uk/about-us/where-to-find-us/
Technical information about this website’s accessibility
CDN is committed to making its website accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.
This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliances and exemptions listed below.
The content listed below is non-accessible for the following reasons.
Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations
- Some images do not have a text alternative, so people using a screen reader cannot access the information. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.1.1 (non-text content).
When we publish new content we’ll make sure our use of images meets accessibility standards.
- Some of our forms are missing a corresponding form label. The function or purpose of that form control may not be presented to screen reader users. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.1.1 (non-text content).
This issue will be addressed as part of our website refresh.
- Where a form label is present, for some of our forms it does not contain any content. It will not present any information about the form control to the user. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.1.1 (non-text content). This issue will be addressed as part of our website refresh.
- Our website has an issue with some empty headings – some users, especially keyboard and screen reader users, often navigate by heading elements. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.3.1 (info and relationships). This issue will be addressed as part of our website refresh.
- Our website has an issue with some empty buttons; the function of the button is not indicated to screen reader users. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 4.1.2 (name, role, value). This issue will be addressed as part of our website refresh.
- Our website has an issue with some empty links; if a link contains no text, the function or purpose of the link will not be presented to the user. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.1.1 (non-text content). This issue will be addressed as part of our website refresh.
- Our website has an issue with very low contrast between foreground and background colours. Adequate contrast is necessary for all users, especially users with low vision. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.4.3 (contrast minimum). This issue will be addressed as part of our website refresh.
Navigation and accessing information
There’s no way to skip the repeated content in the page header (for example, a ‘skip to main content’ option).
It’s not always possible to change the device orientation from horizontal to vertical without making it more difficult to view the content.
It’s not possible for users to change text size without some of the content overlapping.
Interactive tools and transactions
Some of our interactive forms are difficult to navigate using a keyboard. For example, because some form controls are missing a ‘label’ tag.
Our forms are built and hosted through third party software and ‘skinned’ to look like our website.
We’ve assessed the cost of fixing the issues with navigation and accessing information, and with interactive tools and transactions. We believe that doing so now would be a disproportionate burden within the meaning of the accessibility regulations. We will make another assessment early in 2021.
Content that’s not within the scope of the accessibility regulations
PDFs and other documents
Some of our PDFs and Word documents are essential to providing our services. For example, we have PDFs with information on how users can access our services, and forms published as Word documents. We plan to either fix these or replace them with accessible HTML pages as part of our website refresh work, due to complete in early 2021.
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 our archived newsletters.
Any new PDFs or Word documents we publish will meet accessibility standards.
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 undertaking a refresh of our website and plan to improve accessibility as a key aspect of that work, which is due to complete in early 2021.
Preparation of this accessibility statement
This statement was prepared on 16 September 2020. It was last reviewed on 23 September 2020.
This website was last tested November 2019. We tested the website using the WAVE tool which provides a view on where we meet or do not meet the guidelines – but only from a technical perspective. We plan to undertake further accessibility audit activity, following Gov.UK advice.
You can read the full accessibility test report here