Accessibility statement for Bildeston Village website
This accessibility statement applies to the website of Bildeston Village. This website is run by Bildeston Parish Council and maintained by volunteers. 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 aren’t fully accessible:
- some of our PDF and word documents aren’t fully accessible to screen reader software
What to do if you can’t access parts of this website
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 14 days.
If you can’t view the map on our ‘contact us’ page, please call or email us for directions.
Reporting accessibility problems with this website
People who provide content for the website are being made aware of accessibility requirements and will consider these when adding new content to the site. 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: Bildeston Parish Council Clerk via: email or call 01449 721369.
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
Bildeston Parish Council is committed to making Bildeston’s village 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 listed below.
Non accessible content
The content listed below is non-accessible for the following reasons:
The Google Maps that are embedded on a number of pages throughout the website are not accessible for screen readers. The pages on which these maps appear include the About page, the individual event pages and the Contact page. The maps do not meet WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.1.1 (non-text content). However, to reduce the impact of these maps being inaccessible to some readers, we have provided a written address for each event venue location on the individual event pages and a written address for the centre of the village (the location of the Market Place is displayed on the map) on both the Contact and About pages.
The Flipbook on the Bugle page does not display alternative text, so this fails on success criterion 1.1.1 (non-text content). However, to limit the impact of this, we have inserted a descriptive title above the image to describe the image beneath it and the written articles from the Bugle are extracted and published provided in HTML format on the News Archive page which should be accessible to screen readers.
The Bugle magazine PDFs don’t meet accessibility standards, they may not be structured so they’re accessible to a screen reader and contain images of text for adverts. This does not meet WCAG 2.1 success criterion 4.1.2 (name, role value). However, to limit the impact of this written articles from the Bugle are extracted and published in HTML format on the News Archive page which should be accessible to screen readers.
The CAPTCHA used for the online forms on the Contact, Chamberlin Hall and Sports Pavilion pages does not meet WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.4.6 (headings and labels). Users who are unable to use these online forms are encouraged to contact the Parish Council Clerk outlining the subject-matter of their query, and the Clerk can forward their query on to the appropriate person.
Content that’s not within the scope of the accessibility regulations
PDFs and other documents
Many of our older PDFs don’t meet accessibility standards – for example, they may not be structured so they’re accessible to a screen reader. This does not meet WCAG 2.1 success criterion 4.1.2 (name, role value).
Making PDF documents accessible (most, if not all of these PDFs are archived copies of the village magazine, which is created by a team of volunteers outside the Parish Council), would be a disproportionate burden in light of the small size of the team managing the magazine. Making these PDF documents accessible would require the purchase of specific software and employment of someone with the technical expertise to carry this out.
In order to reduce the impact of these archived PDF magazines being inaccessible to some readers, as of June 2020, key articles from the village magazine will be reproduced on HTML pages in the News section of the website.
How we tested this website
This website was last tested on 5 June 2020. The test was carried out by the Parish Council Community Development Worker using manual checks on a sample of representative pages following the Government accessibility checklist and by Parish Council Websites using the Wave Accessibility Evaluation Tool.
We tested pages based on the templates that drive them, essentially testing each template that is in use across the website. We tested our main website platform, available at: www.bildeston.org and a single sample of each content template that links from this page (landing page, information pages, search page and sitemap).
What we’re doing to improve accessibility
We will be running regular accessibility checks and ensure that new content added to the website meets accessibility requirements where possible.
This statement was prepared on 9 May 2020. It was last updated on 4 June 2020.