We aspire to be as accessible as possible and despite The Association for Science Education not being a ‘public body’ mostly reliant on government funds, and as such not required to comply specifically with the Accessibility Regulations 2018, we are as a respected charity fully aware of our Social, Environmental and Regulatory obligations as an open and fully inclusive organisation.
We do therefore comply in ways appropriate to our size and nature and will always entertain requests from members and stakeholders which assist in the communications processes whether via the website or through other channels.
Website accessibility standards are measured against an internationally recognised set of recommendations known as the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (known as WCAG), compliance with which is graded over three levels A, AA, and AAA. While we have an ambition for the website to be at least AA compliant, we are aware that in many areas the current build of the website falls short.
Owing to the way our website has been built – and the nature of some of the resources which are featured upon it – reaching full compliance with AA standard is not an easy task, and we are working with our web developers to assess how best improve the level of accessibility – for example around use of different colour palettes to improve visual clarity and better use of heading elements to improve the output of screen readers. Whether this involves a redesign of the existing website or a migration to a new platform is currently uncertain.
We are committed to doing what we can internally while this exploratory work is undertaken, for example by better using alt tags for imagery, to improve the website for all users and will update this document when necessary, on an ongoing basis.
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Document updated 1/7/2022