Website accessibility statement
This accessibility statement applies to the BeyondAutism website and associated sub sites:
These websites are run by BeyondAutism. 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.
Our website accessibility
We know some parts of this website are not fully accessible. You can see a full list of any issues we currently know about in the non-accessible content section of this statement.
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 get in touch in one of the following ways:
We’ll consider your request and get back to you within 5 working days.
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 the Digital Marketing Manager on firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 3031 9705.
What we’re doing to improve accessibility
We want our websites to be as accessible as possible for all users. In May 2023 we contracted All Able Ltd to audit our websites, knowing that we had areas that needed improving. Starting in July 2023 we established projects with our two web developers, DSquared and De Beer, to address the issues highlighted in the report. The work will be ongoing during 2023-24 and we will update this policy as and when changes are made.
This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) version 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-accessible content listed below. WCAG standards are split into different levels; A, AA and AAA. In the list below, you can see which level it relates to.
The content listed below is non-accessible for the following reasons.
- Not all video has appropriate alternatives
- This fails WCAG 1.2.1 Audio-only and Video-only (Prerecorded) (A).
- This fails WCAG 1.2.2 Captions (Prerecorded) (A).
- This fails WCAG 1.2.3 Audio Description or Media Alternative (Prerecorded) (A).
- This fails WCAG 1.2.5 Audio Description (Prerecorded) (AA).
- Some decorative images are not marked as such. This fails WCAG 1.1.1 Non-text Content (A).
- There are a variety of complex images which include text and do not have appropriate alt text or the information is not found elsewhere on the page. This fails WCAG 1.4.5 Images of Text (AA).
- Most image links across the site do not have appropriate alternative text or accessible names. This fails WCAG 1.1.1 Non-text Content (A), 2.4.4 Link Purpose (A), and 4.1.2 Name, Role, Value (A). Some other control links also suffer from this issue. The sign up to our newsletter sidebar content does not have a clear link description. This fails WCAG 2.4.4 Link Purpose (In Context) (A).
- There is no H1 (header) element on the home page. Many list elements across the site, particularly used for navigation lists have missing elements or are not structured correctly. Table content across the site is not always clearly read out or usable for screen readers. This fails WCAG 1.3.1 Info and Relationships (A).
- On some forms, the links and button controls do not receive focus indication to highlight the current element. This fails WCAG 2.4.7 Focus Visible (AA).
- Donate buttons are used across the website in different locations but not consistently implemented to be identified consistently. This fails WCAG 3.2.4 Consistent Identification (AA).
- The search function on sub sites does not have appropriate consistently visible labels. This fails WCAG 3.3.2 Labels or Instructions (A).
- A variety of control elements such as search controls, video player links and other elements do not have clear labels, names, or correctly identify their functions. This fails WCAG 1.3.1 and 4.1.2 Name, Role, Value (A). Carousels on sub sites have a large number of issues including role and labelling issues, missing alt text, and most impactfully, include auto reading for screen readers on refresh which makes the page very difficult to navigate. This fails WCAG 1.1.1 Non-text Content (A), 2.2.2 Pause, Stop, Hide (A), 2.4.4 Link Purpose (A), and 4.1.2 Name, Role, Value (A). Carousels are forced into the tab index but also hidden elements. This fails WCAG 4.1.2 Name, Role, Value (A).
Homepage and carousels
- The homepage of the main website and all of the sub sites do not respond to text spacing adjustments. This fails WCAG 1.4.12 Text Spacing (AA).
- The website contains carousels which do not have controls to pause, stop or hide the auto scrolling content. This fails WCAG 2.2.2 Pause, Stop, Hide (A).
- There are some minor clipping issues with carousel content or sign up text at some magnification levels. This fails WCAG 1.4.10 Reflow (AA).
- The search control cannot be activated by keyboard controls. Service directory controls are not all keyboard accessible. Language selection in some forms is not keyboard accessible. The embedded PDF viewer is not accessible to keyboard controls. This fails WCAG 2.1.1 Keyboard (A).
- There is no skip to content function on this website. This fails WCAG 2.4.1 Bypass Blocks (A).
- On sub sites, the cookie banner is presented as the last thing on the page which may have it visually block users and not make it easy to remove quickly. This fails WCAG 2.4.3 Focus Order (A).
- There are several areas of the site, such as the Calendar, or some link text which use colour alone to differentiate content. This fails WCAG 1.4.1 Use of Color (A).
- There are a wide number of colour contrast issues with content of all types across the website. This fails WCAG 1.4.3 Contrast (Minimum) (AA).
If you find an issue that we have yet to identify, please contact us using one of the routes described in the ‘Feedback and contact information’ section of this statement.
Preparation of this accessibility statement
The websites covered by this accessibility statement were last tested on 31/05/2023. The test was carried out by All Able Ltd.
A representative sample of pages of the websites were tested along with a sample of the documents from each area of the websites. Testing was composed of a mixture of manual, semi-automated and assistive technology testing.
Last review: July 2023