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This accessibility statement applies to

This website is run by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). 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
  • 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:

  • You cannot skip to the main content when using a screen reader
  • The site required the user to scroll left and right and up and down when zoomed into 300%
  • Some of the text is difficult to read when text spacing is increased and when zooming text only.
  • There are no controls on the carousel of Latest Opportunities on the homepage and this automatically starts playing when the page is loaded.
  • Some headings are incorrectly labelled with repetition of H1 on some pages.
  • No error message is provided for screen reader users when entering incorrect login details (email or password).
  • The captcha functionality on the feedback form has no non visual alternative and no error message is given when form submitted without this element being completed.
  • The text in the help icons on the forms isn’t accessible using a keyboard only.
  • All error messages are displayed at the top of the page rather than in context alongside each form field.
  • The focus indicator around links isn’t always visible
  • The contrast of text on coloured backgrounds isn’t always high enough
  • The purpose of links isn’t always described

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:

We’ll consider your request and get back to you in 5 days.

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

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

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

National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) 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 are reviewing the non compliance issues detailed below with our development partners and will be updating this statement by 31/10/20 when we anticipate we will have agreed a timeline for resolving them.

  • No links are provided to skip to the main body content so people using a screen reader or keyboard only will need to tab through all the links in the header before getting the main content on each page. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.4.1 (Bypass Blocks).
  • Some of the elements in the site don’t have a focus indicator that is visible. This fails WCAG 2.1 criterion 2.4.7 (Focus visible).
  • When resizing text only to 200% the footer content becomes unreadable. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.4.4 (Resize Text).
  • Some of the headings are labelled in the wrong order on the homepage. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.4.6 (Headings and Labels).
  • The Search box no label. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 3.3.2 (Labels or Instructions).
  • There are a number of places on the site when not enough purpose is given to the link, for example the “Read more” links on the Homepage. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.4.4 (Link Purpose).
  • There are multiple places where the colour contrast isn’t high enough. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.4.3 (Contrast Minimum).
  • When changing the line height of the text some of the text becomes hidden and cannot be read. This fails success criterion 1.4.12 (Text Spacing).
  • The Latest Opportunities carousel on the Homepage automatically plays and has no controls to pause/stop it. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.2.2 (Pause, Stop, Hide).
  • It is not possible to select the radio buttons on the filters of the View Opportunities page. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.1.1 (Keyboard).
  • There are no error messages on the forms that screen readers can read. This fails WCAG 2.1 criterion 4.1.3 (Status Message).
  • Error messages are displayed at the top of the form, rather than in context next to each form field that has an error. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 3.3.1 (Error Identification).
  • The help icons on the Add Opportunity form has text behind them that cannot be accessed using a keyboard only. This fails WCAG 2.1 criterion 2.1.1 (Keyboard).
  • The captcha functionality (“we need to confirm you are human”) on the feedback/contact us page is accessible with a screen reader. The fails WCAG 2.1 success criteria 1.1.1 (Non-Text Alternative).
  • The captcha functionality also doesn’t provide an error that a screen reader can when not correctly completed. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criteria 3.3.3 (Error Suggestion).

Disproportionate burden

Currently the site fails against the following criteria:

  • Code passes W3C validation
  • HTML code must use name, role and value correctly to meet standards
  • The default human language is determined in the HTML

We’ve assessed the cost of fixing these issues and we believe that doing so now would be a disproportionate burden within the meaning of the accessibility regulations. We will make another assessment in 6 months.

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

User generated content: Some of the content on this website is third-party content that is neither funded nor developed by us, nor under our control and is therefore exempt from meeting the accessibility regulations.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 19/10/20.

This website was last tested on 28/09/20. The test was carried out by Woven Agency.

We tested all the main section pages on the website, with sampling of the Resources pages, using a combination of manual testing, testing with assistive technology including VoiceOver (on Mac OS) and NVDA (on Windows) and some automated tools.

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