Why is accessibility important to us?
The Thames Valley Local Resilience Forum is a multi-agency partnership made up of representatives from local public services, including the emergency services, local authorities, the NHS, and others. In an incident, everyone comes together to help the people of Thames Valley by responding in a way that minimises the impact on the public, property, and environment of Thames Valley.
The Thames Valley Local Resilience Forum was established by the Civil Contingencies Act 2004, which placed a duty on public sector organisations – local authorities, emergency services, to warn, inform and advise the public in the event of an emergency.to ensure we meet our duty effectively accessibility is a consideration throughout our website. As such we endeavour to be as inclusive and diverse to meet the needs of as many people in the themes valley as possible to give fair and equal opportunity to access information about risk in the Thames valley. we strive to ensure equitable access for all measured by achieving high levels and versions accredited by WCAG. We also use a robust testing system to ensure we meet criteria for accessibility including HTML and CSS validations as well as other validations such as alt tags on images and more.
This accessibility statement applies to Thames Valley Local Resilience Forum website – https://www.thamesvalleylrf.org.uk/
This website is run by Thames Valley Local Resilience Forum. We’re committed to ensuring all visitors can access our web services and we want as many people as possible to be able to use this website.
Our site has been tried and tested using https://accessibe.com/ to ensure we hit 2.1 AA requirements within the public sector. We are continuously testing and updating the site to ensure the site is accessable to all.
How accessible is the site?
We are currently undergoing multiple changes to ensure that the level and version of accessibility is met by WCAG standards. We have completed this with additional features to enhance users’ experience on the site to be an on-going enhancement. The website does meet current requirements of 2.1 AA. More information on what this means can be found here.
How you can improve your visit to the site
Modern operating systems have magnifier software built in. The following article details how to use a screen magnifier on a Windows machine or alternatively on a Mac computer follow these instructions. These will enable your visit to the site to be better for those that are visually impared or struggle to read smaller text.
Non-accessible content (if any available)
- Some of our videos do not have a caption, so some people will be unable to access the information or content
- On some of our links, the only identifiable mark that it is a link is a colour change. This makes it difficult for people who cannot perceive colour to know that a link is in use
- On some of our pages, labels are used that are not connected to a form control. This makes it difficult for assisted technologies to know how to refer to each label when presenting a form control
- Some of the tabbing sequences on our pages are not logical. This makes it hard for users who rely upon a keyboard to navigate our website
- On the majority of our webpages, in certain areas the colour contrast is insufficient. This can present a problem for users with low-vision or colour-blindness
Feedback and contact information
We’re always looking to improve the accessibility of our website. If you find any problems not listed on this page or think we’re not meeting accessibility requirements, contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org and we will do our best to get back to you as soon as possible.
What we’re doing to improve accessibility
The Thames Valley Local Resilience Forum website planning group is continuously working to fix content which fails to meet the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard.
WCAG: The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines are part of a series of web accessibility guidelines published by the Web Accessibility Initiative of the World Wide Web Consortium, the main international standards organization for the Internet.
HTML: The HyperText Markup Language or HTML is the standard markup language for documents designed to be displayed in a web browser.
CSS: Cascading Style Sheets is a style sheet language used for describing the presentation of a document written in a markup language such as HTML or XML.