Accessibility Statement

If you experience any problems with this website, please contact the Marketing Department.

Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth University, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 3DE

Tel: 01970 622894 / Email: artscentre-marketing@aber.ac.uk

TECHNICAL INFORMATION ABOUT THIS WEBSITE’S ACCESSIBILITY

Aberystwyth Arts Centre 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 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 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 January 2021. When we publish new content we’ll make sure our use of images meets accessibility standards.

  • Disproportionate burden

Some of our interactive forms are difficult to navigate using a keyboard. For example, because some form controls are missing a ‘label’ tag.

Our booking pages are built and hosted through third party software Patronbase 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 when the supplier contract is up for renewal, likely to be in [October 2020].

CONTENT THAT’S NOT WITHIN THE SCOPE OF THE ACCESSIBILITY REGULATIONS

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 January 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.

We do not plan to add captions to live video streams because live video is exempt from meeting the accessibility regulations. However, we do plan to add captions to any new videos uploaded to the website.

These regulations do not apply to the content of websites and mobile applications qualifying as archives. In this regulation— “archives” means a website or mobile application which:
(i) only contains content that is not needed for active administrative processes; and
(ii) is not updated or edited after 23rd September 2019

WHAT WE’RE DOING TO IMPROVE ACCESSIBILITY

Our accessibility roadmap shows how and when we plan to improve accessibility on this website.

Patronbase booking skin: January 2021
Images with captions: January 2021
PDFs and forms: January 2021

PREPARATION OF THIS ACCESSIBILITY STATEMENT

This statement was prepared on [01.09.2020]. It was last reviewed on [01.09.2020].

This website was last tested on 26.08.2020 The test was carried out by Un.titled.

We used this approach to deciding on a sample of pages to test:

Tools used:
Axe Chrome extension
Accessibility Insights for Web
Google Lighthouse

Pages tested:

Homepage: https://www.aberystwythartscentre.co.uk/
What's On: https://www.aberystwythartscentre.co.uk/whats-on-all
Event page: https://www.aberystwythartscentre.co.uk/music/shires
Courses: https://www.aberystwythartscentre.co.uk/take-part
Your Visit: https://www.aberystwythartscentre.co.uk/your-visit
Take part: https://www.aberystwythartscentre.co.uk/cymryd-rhan-taking-part
About us: https://www.aberystwythartscentre.co.uk/about-us

You can read the full accessibility test report here: https://bit.ly/3ji7DPu

The pages tested proved to be fully compliant with the Lighthouse Accessibility score = 100%