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Accessibility Statement

Accessibility statement for Event Essex

This accessibility statement applies to the Website at https://www.eventessex.co.uk/ and all Pages on that Website unless specified.

This website is run by Event Essex. We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website and we’re committed to providing an accessible web presence by making the information and resources we provide accessible to all web users.

AbilityNet has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability.

 

How accessible this website is

We are happy that all parts of the website are accessible when zoomed in at any level up to 300%.

We know some parts of this website are not fully accessible to screen reader software:

  • Occasional empty links may be rendered to page. These should not have any effect on screen readers and should not interfere with navigation, but as they are highlighted on our tests, we cannot guarantee that they are inert and so we report them here.
  • The ‘Contact Us’ page, and the ‘Join Our Mailing List’ section found on most Pages, has field labelling that may be unclear to screen readers.
  • The ‘Blog’, ‘Our Venues’ and ‘Southend Facilities’ pages have layout elements that may cause issues with screen readers.

 

Feedback and Contact Information

If you need information on this website in a different format like accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille, please telephone 01206 872358 or email eventessex@essex.ac.uk. We’ll consider your request and get back to you within 14 days.

 

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

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, please telephone 01206 872358 or email eventessex@essex.ac.uk.

 

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).

Find out how to contact us: https://www.eventessex.co.uk/contact-us/.

 

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

Event Essex is committed to making its 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 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).

We plan to add text alternatives for all images by June 2021. When we publish new content we’ll make sure our use of images meets accessibility standards.

Some form fields do not have explicit labels, only implied ones, and this may interfere with screen reader functionality. This fails WCAG success criterion 3.3.2 (labels or Instructions).

We plan to examine the third-party templates that we use for these forms and update them whenever possible, and also to assess whether or not we can make the required fixes ourselves, by June 2021.

 

Disproportionate burden

We are not currently aware of any items that we would consider to be a disproportionate burden to fix.

 

Navigation and accessing information

The user may experience issues when changing the device orientation from horizontal to vertical and when changing text size. In all tests this has been resolved with a page refresh.

 

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. By June 2021, we plan to either fix these or replace them with accessible HTML pages.

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.

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

 

Live video

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

As the existing issues are with templating provided by a third party, we will consult the third party for updates that resolve the issues as soon as possible.

 

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 2021-01-26. It was last reviewed on 2021-01-26.

This website was last tested on 2021-01-26. The test was carried out by Hecatonchires LTD on behalf of Event Essex.

All publicly accessible pages were tested.