Accessibility statement

Using this website

This website is run by Health Technology Wales. 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 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 aim to make the website text as simple as possible to understand, and have included plain language summaries for our topics.

AbilityNet has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability.

This website’s accessibility

We know some parts of this website aren’t fully accessible:

  • some pages and document attachments are not clearly written
  • some text has poor colour contrast
  • the Welsh pages are not attributed as Welsh language.
  • the language selection button does not have the correct language attribution.
  • some of our linked text is different from normal text by colour only
  • some heading elements are not consistent.
  • some forms use a CAPTCHA field that may not be fully accessible
  • some form labels are missing or are not unique
  • some buttons are not correctly identified or uniquely identified
  • some link text does not describe the purpose of the link
  • many documents are in PDF format and are not accessible
  • videos have synchronised captions, but do not have audio description or transcripts
  • you can’t skip to the main content when using a screen reader.
  • some tables can’t be viewed clearly when the page is zoomed in higher than 125%
  • some tables do not have row headers

 

What to do if you can’t access parts of this website

Email info@healthtechnology.wales if you need information on this website in a different format like accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille. Please tell us the format you need. If you use assistive technology please tell us what this is.

We’ll consider your request and get back to you in 10 working days.

Reporting accessibility issues with this website

We’re always looking to improve the accessibility of this website. If you find any problems that aren’t listed on this page or think we’re not meeting the requirements of the accessibility regulations, contact: info@healthtechnology.wales. You can also contact us by telephone, by post or through our online form.

Enforcement procedure

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is responsible for enforcing the accessibility regulations. If you’re not happy with how we respond to your complaint, please contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS).

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

Health Technology Wales is committed to making its website accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliances listed below.

Nonaccessible content

The content that is not accessible is outlined below with details of:

  • where it fails the success criteria
  • planned dates for when issues will be fixed

Some images don’t have good alternative text. This fails WCAG 2.1 A 1.1.1 success criterion (Non-text Content). We plan to fix by March 2021.

Some form labels are missing or are not unique. This fails WCAG 2.1 A 1.1.1 success criterion (Non-text Content). We plan to fix by March 2021.

Some buttons are not correctly identified or are not uniquely identified. This fails WCAG 2.1 A 1.1.1 success criterion (Non-text Content). We plan to fix by March 2021.

Some frames or iframes are not appropriately titled. This fails WCAG 2.1 A 1.1.1 success criterion (Non-text Content). We plan to fix by March 2021.

Use of CAPTCHAs does not include an accessible alternative. This fails WCAG 2.1 A 1.1.1 success criterion (Non-text Content). We plan to fix by March 2021.

Our videos don’t have transcripts or audio description, where there is visual content that is not presented in the audio. This fails WCAG 2.1 A 1.2.3 success criterion (Audio Description or Media Alternative [Prerecorded]). We plan to fix by March 2021.

Some heading elements are not consistent. This fails WCAG 2.1 A 1.3.1 success criterion (Info and Relationships). We plan to fix by March 2021.

Some tables in content do not have table row headers when needed. This fails WCAG 2.1 A 1.3.1 success criterion (Info and Relationships). We plan to fix by March 2021.

Input fields on forms do not have an appropriate input attribute. This fails WCAG 2.1 AA 1.3.5 success criterion (Identify Input Purpose). We plan to fix by March 2021.

Some links are not set to a contrast level 3:1 and are distinguished from normal text by colour only. This fails WCAG 2.1 1.4.1 A success criterion (Use of Colour). We plan fix these by March 2021.

Some text is not set to a contrast level 4.5:1. This fails WCAG 2.1 1.4.3 AA success criterion (Contrast [Minimum]). We plan fix these by March 2021.

The top level menu (‘hamburger’ form), language button and global search button overlap when the page is zoomed in at 250% and above. This fails WCAG 2.1 1.4.10 AA success criterion (Reflow). We plan fix these by March 2021.

Focused links sometimes do not have enough contrast. This fails WCAG 2.1 1.4.11 AA success criterion (Non-text Contrast). We plan to fix this by March 2021.

Pages don’t have a skip to main content element. This fails WCAG 2.1 2.4.1 A success criterion (Non-text Contrast). We plan to fix this by March 2021.

Link text combined with programmatically determined link context does not identify the purpose of the link. This fails WCAG 2.1 2.4.4 A success criterion (Link Purpose (In Context)). We plan to fix this by March 2021.

The default language of Welsh webpages is not identified using programmatically determined information. This fails WCAG 2.1 3.1.1 A success criterion (Language of Page). We plan to fix this by March 2021.

The language of the Cymraeg/English language selection button doesn’t have language attribution. This fails WCAG 2.1 3.1.2 AA success criterion (Language of Parts). We plan to fix this by March 2021.

Parsing errors were identified. This fails WCAG 4.1.1 A success criterion (Parsing). We plan to identify and fix these by March 2021.

Once these issues are fixed, HTW’s website will undergo an external detailed audit to check its functionality and accessibility. We will work with our developers to continuously monitor the accessibility of our website during any future updates and developments.

Issues with PDFs and other documents

Many of our older PDFs and Word documents don’t meet accessibility standards. For example, they may not be marked up so they’re accessible to a screen reader.

Some of our PDFs and Word documents are essential to providing our services. By May 2021, we plan to either fix these or replace them with accessible HTML pages.

The accessibility regulations don’t 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.

If you need to access information in one of these document types, please contact us and ask for an alternative format.


How we tested this website

This website was last tested on 27 August 2020. We performed an internal basic check for accessibility against the WCAG 2.1 guidelines.

We tested our main website platform, available at www.healthtechnology.wales. We tested all the core pages of our website which include the most commonly used templates.

We plan to resolve the issues identified by this test by March 2021. Once completed, the website will undergo a detailed external test to check its functionality and accessibility. We will work with our developers to continuously monitor the accessibility of our website during any future updates and developments.

This statement was prepared on 23 September 2020. It was last updated 23 September 2020.