Accessibility statement for Sandwell.ac.uk

This accessibility statement applies to the Sandwell College website – www.sandwell.ac.uk.

We are committed to providing a website that is accessible to the widest possible audience, regardless of technology or ability.

We are actively working to increase the accessibility and usability of our website and in doing so adhere to the standards and guidelines

Sandwell College owns www.sandwell.ac.uk The website is hosted and maintained by the College. 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
  • The College website has installed an accessibility menu widget from Userway.org which provides additional personalisation control for colour contrast,  text size, cursor control and other accessibility features. Userway plugin which users can enact by clicking the icon in the top right hand corner and will automatically appear unless the user has disabled the feature. This enables you to select a range of options to make the website more accessible customised to your needs.

 

We’ve also made the website text as simple as possible to understand.

How accessible this website is

What are we doing?

To help us make the Sandwell College website a positive place for everyone, we’ve been using the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1. These guidelines explain how to make web content more accessible for people with disabilities, and user friendly for everyone.

The guidelines have three levels of accessibility (A, AA and AAA). We’ve chosen Level A as the starting point for the Sandwell college website.

We know some parts of this website are not fully accessible:

  • 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

If you need information on this website in a different format like accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille:

email enquiries@sandwell.ac.uk

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 at enquiries@sandwell.ac.uk for directions.

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, you can report any concerns by emailing enquiries@sandwell.ac.uk .

How are we doing?

We’ve worked hard on the Sandwell College website and believe we’ve achieved reached our goal of Level A accessibility. We monitor the website regularly to maintain this, and we are always looking to improve the accessibility of this website.

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).

COMPLIANCE STATUS

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.

NON-ACCESSIBLE CONTENT

The content listed below is non-accessible for the following reasons.

NON-COMPLIANCE WITH THE ACCESSIBILITY REGULATIONS

Some PDF documents and videos are not currently fully accessible. By September 2021 we will address any remaining accessibility issues relating to these items.

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 September 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. For example, we do not plan to fix (Example- https://www.sandwell.ac.uk/app/uploads/2020/11/Public-Access-to-Corporation-Registers-Oct-2019-Oct-2022.pdf)

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

College Vacancy Page

This page is managed by a third party who we are liaising with to make AA compliant. This will be completed by 1st May.

Live video

We do not plan to add captions to live video streams because live video is exempt from meeting the accessibility regulations.

We plan to resolve all the above by September 2021. When we publish new content we’ll make sure our use of images, video and documents meets accessibility standards.

Alt Text on Buttons

Some buttons do not have Alt text , this will be fixed by 1st May 2021

Forms

Some forms require contrast adjustment, this will be fixed by 31st May 2021

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

Sandwell College 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 fully compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 A standard.

Preparation of this Accessibility Website

This Accessibility Statement was prepared on 11th March 2021. It was last reviewed on 11th March 2021. The website was last tested internally in February 2021.

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