Our accessibility policy
For those not familiar with the WCAG, this is a set of checkpoints designed to ensure that web sites are designed and written properly. For example:
- Images have alternative text (so if you can’t see the image you can still read the text).
- Colour contrast between foreground and background is sufficiently strong.
- Text resizes according to user preference.
- Headings are correctly used (they’re not just ordinary text made to look big and bold).
- Links make sense by themselves (e.g. no instances of links that say “Click here” or “More…”).
- Tables are used for laying out tabular information and have proper headings and summaries.
- Visual presentation is defined in ’stylesheets’ and is not embedded in the pages.
For those familiar with the WCAG, we’ve aimed for AAA compliance but have not adhered to some checkpoints that are no longer relevant or have been demonstrated to hinder accessibility.
We have also tested the site with a range of disabled people and have incorporated their feedback into the site design and construction.
‘Skip to’ Navigation Link
At the top of every page is a hidden link that is spoken by screen-reading software and will appear when ‘tabbed to’ using a keyboard. It is the first link and, when selected, will make reading skip past the rest of the menu items and commence at the beginning of the main page content.
If you have any problems with the accessibility of this site or suggestions for improvement then please do not hesitate to contact us. We will always do what we can to make this site easier for everyone to use.I
If you have a vision impairment then we recommend that you visit the RNIB website for specialist advice such as alternative screen readers, screen magnifiers and other devices that are available and can make using a computer easier and more enjoyable.
We also thoroughly recommend that you visit AbilityNet’s excellent My Computer My Way web site which provides a wealth of advice on making your computer accessible. AbilityNet also provide a free service to individuals with disabilities to assess their computing needs (call them free on 0800 269 545 for more information).
Accessibility definition and commitment
DEMAND is committed to ensuring that all its products and services are as accessible as possible to everyone, including disabled people. Any difficulties in access that are reported to DEMAND will be dealt with quickly and the relevant need taken into consideration. Please contact us if you have any queries about DEMAND’s work and accessibility.