Accessibility

Assist is committed to providing websites that are accessible and easy to use for the widest range of visitors possible, regardless of disability or impairment. We believe that this is an on-going process and are constantly seeking to improve in this area.

This site and the Assist Portal has been designed to adhere to best practice by following W3C standards. Pages have been built to comply with a minimum standard of WCAG 2.0 single 'A' guidelines. Wherever possible we aim to extend this to 'AA' and 'AAA' compliance.

There are a number of steps we have taken to address accessibility needs that are detailed below:

Layout

The site uses Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) to control all presentation and layout so that content is well structured and easily accessible via assistive devices.

Fonts

Text size can be increased or decreased in your browser.

Content

Content across the site has been written and formatted to make it as accessible as possible. This includes:

The use of semantic headings which are descriptive and used to highlight sections of text

Clear and easy to understand language

Meaningful text used for all links

No information is conveyed exclusively through the use of colour

Colour contrast

Wherever possible we have designed pages and chosen colours to be accessible to colour-blind users. Where contrast is limited, we are working towards a solution by reviewing our current colour palette.

Navigation aids

All pages across the site also include a link to the homepage, and have a consistent global navigation.

Access keys

In order to avoid any conflict with personal access keys you may have set up on your computer, we have chosen not to install bespoke access keys on this site. Efforts have been made to ensure the site is as easy to navigate as possible.

Feedback

We are continually seeking to make improvements to the site and welcome any comments, suggestions or feedback. If you are using adaptive technology and are having problems accessing information on the site, please email info@assist-comms.co.uk with details of the problem you encountered and the technology you are using.

Further information

More information on how to make your browsing experience easier is available for the BBC's My Web My Way website. http://www.bbc.co.uk/accessibility/

This includes advice and help for those who may benefit from making changes to their browser, operating system or computer to be able to view the web in a more accessible way.

Questions should be sent to: info@assist-comms.co.uk.