Accessibility statement for www.learnsafl.ac.uk

This accessibility statement applies to www.learnsafl.ac.uk and covers the Sandwell Adult and Family Learning Service website.

This website is run by Sandwell Adult and Family Learning Service.. 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 using browser or device settings

  • zoom in up to 400% without the text spilling off the screen

  • navigate most of the website using a keyboard or speech recognition software

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 including:

Third-party plugins (Google Maps, Google Recaptcha, Google Translate, YouTube embeds) which currently do not meet certain WCAG 2.1 success criterion 4.1.1 (Parsing) and/or 4.1.2 (Name, Role, Value) and anticipated WCAG 2.2 criteria. We are actively seeking solutions and alternatives.

 

Feedback and contact information

If you need information on this website in a different format or have feedback regarding accessibility, please contact us:

- Email: [email protected]

- Phone: 0121 557 0837

- Online Form: www.learnsafl.ac.uk/enquiries/new

We aim to respond to feedback within 7 working days. 

 

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).

 

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

Sandwell Adult and Family Learning Service 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

We have done everything within our power to make the website comply but some third-party plugins (Google Maps, Google Recaptcha, Google Translate, YouTube embeds) currently do not meet certain WCAG 2.1 success criterion 4.1.1 (Parsing) and/or 4.1.2 (Name, Role, Value) and anticipated WCAG 2.2 criteria. We are actively seeking solutions and alternatives.

Additionally, our search functionality uses a library (typeahead.js) that creates an accessibility issue due to a hint input without an accessible name. This issue arises from an external library and is beyond our immediate control. We acknowledge this as a known limitation and are exploring solutions.

 

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

 

PDFs and other documents

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

We continuously monitor web accessibility trends and aim to resolve the third-party compliance issues as soon as possible. We are also committed to making all new website content and features accessible.

We have recently actioned several improvements to enhance our website's accessibility and are in the process of conducting a full WCAG 2.2 accessibility audit, to be completed by 29th February 2024, to address any additional issues; any problems identified in the audit will then be actioned appropriately.

If you would like to provide feedback about the accessibility of the website then please contact us using our online form: www.learnsafl.ac.uk/enquiries/new

Developments to the website in line with user feedback about accessibility will be evaluated in line with what is likely to make the largest impact to our users and the cost of achieving these objectives.

 

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 21st September 2020 and last reviewed on 12th February 2024.

The website's last accessibility test was conducted on 21st September 2020 against the WCAG 2.1 AA standard. The test was carried out by This is Focus Limited, using https://alphagov.github.io/wcag-primer/checklist.html#checklistand the ARC Toolkit.  

We used this approach to test a sample of key pages, actions and user journeys against the above checklist.