Accessibility

Autism in the Criminal Justice System (ACJS) is committed to providing facilities and resources suitable for people with disabilities.

Accessibility statement for Autism in the Criminal Justice System

This accessibility statement applies to the Autism in the Criminal Justice System and any associated microsites.

This website is run by Conviction. Conviction is committed to providing facilities and resources suitable for people with disabilities. For example, that means you should be able to:

  • zoom in up to 200% 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 are not fully accessible. For example:

  • some PDF documents are not fully accessible to screen reader software
  • some videos do not have optimised captions
  • some of our forms are difficult to navigate using a keyboard
  • the flyout menu navigation is not available to keyboard users, though navigation to those pages is available via the footer, or through the tabs within each of the main sections of the site
  • some pages and document attachments are not written in plain English

How to provide feedback or report accessibility problems with this website

We’re always looking to improve the accessibility of this website. If you find problems not listed on this page, think we’re not meeting accessibility requirements, or need information in a different format, please contact us.

Email [email protected]

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:

  • Some of the images on the site do not have appropriate text alternatives. In some cases, decorative images have descriptive text alternatives where these should be empty, and in other cases images that aren’t decorative do not have descriptive text alternatives. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.1.1 (Non-text content)
  • The status and error messages on certain forms do not work appropriately for screen readers and keyboard users. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 4.1.3 (Status messages)
  • The ‘Sort by’ menu that filters search results pages is difficult for keyboard users to use. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 3.2.2 (On input)
  • Existing pre-recorded audio and video on this site may not include captions. We do not plan to add captions to these recordings, because these are exempt from meeting the accessibility regulations.

Non-accessible content

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

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations 

Some of the images on the site do not have appropriate text alternatives. In some cases, decorative images have descriptive text alternatives where these should be empty, and in other cases images that aren’t decorative do not have descriptive text alternatives. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.1.1 (Non-text content). We plan to continue reviewing and changing text alternatives for images that exist on the site already, and when we publish new content we’ll ensure our use of images meets accessibility standards.

The status and error messages on certain forms do not work appropriately for screen readers and keyboard users. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 4.1.3 (Status messages). We plan to address these issues in a future project that will involve rebuilding how our online forms work.

The ‘Sort by’ menu that filters search results pages is difficult for keyboard users to use. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 3.2.2 (On input).

Content that’s not within the scope of the accessibility regulations 

Existing pre-recorded audio and video on this site may not include captions, and we do not plan to add captions to them. This is because these are exempt from meeting the accessibility regulations


What we’re doing to improve accessibility

  • We are continuing to add text alternatives to images that contribute to the meaning of the content, and removing alternative text where images are decorative
  • We have improved the testing process so that accessibility problems are caught and resolved. This includes setting up an automated tool to monitor the site for accessibility issues, and incorporating an accessibility checklist into manual testing
  • We have created a guide for content, design and development to use to check for accessibility issues
  • Our team are taking training courses to improve awareness of accessibility
  • We will audit the site for accessibility on an annual basis

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This Accessibility statement was prepared on 21st December 2020.

This website was last tested on 1st December 2020, on a subset of pages on the site. The pages were chosen to include all major design templates.

Page last reviewed: 21 December, 2020

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