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Accessibility Statement

This accessibility statement applies to the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB) website https://www.seupb.eu.

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 speech recognition software,
  • listen to most of the website using a screen reader (including the most recent versions of JAWS, NVDA and VoiceOver).

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

How accessible this website is

We know that some parts of this website are not fully accessible, for example:

  • many older PDF documents are not fully accessible to screen reader software,
  • some pages have duplicate ids which may confuse some screen readers, 
  • some pages do not have an ordered structure to the headings which makes it more difficult for screen readers to navigate the page,
  • some link texts describing the purpose of a link are missing, 
  • some of the CSS uses deprecated tags.

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:

  • email: communications@seupb.eu
  • Tel: +44 28 9026 6660
  • Text: 07841 367052 

We will consider your request and get back to you in 5 working days. 

Reporting accessibility problems with this website 

We are always looking to improve the accessibility of this website. If you find any problems not listed on this page or think we are not meeting accessiblity requirements, please contact us at:

  • email: communications@seupb.eu
  • Tel: +44 28 9026 6660 
  • Text: 07841 367052

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 'accessiblity regulations'). If you're not happy with how we respond to your complaint, you can contact the Equalities Commission for Northern Ireland. 

Contacting us by phone or visiting us in person 

We provide a text service for people who are D/deaf, hearing impaired or have a speech impediment at 07841 367052.

Our main Belfast Office has audio induction loops, or if you contact us before your visit (to any office) we can arrange for a British Sign Languge (BSL) or Irish Sign Language (ISL) interpreter to be in attendance. Please contact us via email: communications@seupb.eu or use the numbers above to arrange this. 

Technical information about this website's accessibility 

The SEUPB is committed to making its webiste 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 

General PDF files 

There are 10 PDFs on this website which are not exempt from the regulations but which do not currently comply with them. These PDFs generally contain readable content, but have not been tagged or formatted to raise their accessibility up to the required standards. These PDFs therefore typically fail the following WCAG 2.1 success criteria:

  • 1.1.1 (non-text content), where the PDFs contain images which do not have alternative text specified, 
  • 1.3.1 (info and relationships) and 2.4.6 (headings and labels), where the PDFs do not have tagged heading structures,
  • 1.3.2 (meaningful sequences), where the text in PDFs has been created in floating text boxes (e.g. using desktop publishing software) and no reading order has been specified,
  • 1.4.3 (contract (minimum)), where text may have been created in a colour which does not contrast enough with its background colour, 
  • 3.1.1 (language of page), where PDFs have not had a language specified in then - please read all such PDFs as UK English.

All PDFs which have not been tagged for accessiblity are flagged up in a short footnote (indicated by an *) immediately after all links to these PDFs. This footnote includes a contact link which you can use to request any PDFs' content in an accessible format. 

Many of these files are due to be replaced before the end of November 2020 anyway and will be made accessible in their new versions. 

We are also working to replace all the other inaccessible PDFs which fall within the scope of the public sector website accessibility regulations with accessible formats and expect to have completed this work by December 2020. 

Images 

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 September 2020. When we publish new content we will make sure our use of images meets accessibility standards. 

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

PDFs and other documents 

The accessibilty regulations do not require us to fix PDFs or other documents published before 23 September 2018 if they are not essential to providing our services. However, we plan to fix these PDFs over the coming 1-3 months to make the website more accessible. 

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

What we're doing to improve accessibility 

We have recently conducted a thorough audit of our website to help bring it up to a higher standard. We are addressing the shortcomings identified by this independent audit and are seeking to address these, as quickly as possible. We will also be re-training staff responsible for the maintenance of the website to ensure that accessibility remains at a higher standard. 

Preparation of this accessibility statement 

This statement was prepared on 17 September 2020. It was last reviewed on 17 September 2020. This website was last tested in September 2020. Testing was carried out by Axis 12 Ltd, and by the SEUPB's Communications Team.

The site is built from reusable templates and features, so each of these was tested so that all pages were then made of parts which had been tested. Testing was carried out as the site was developed with each feature being tested as it was developed. 

 

 

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