This accessibility statement applies to https://cambridge.crf.nihr.ac.uk/, which is run by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Cambridge Clinical Research Facility (CRF). We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website. This means that users can:
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.
We know some parts of this website are not fully accessible:
We are working to address these issues.
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 14 calendar days.
If you cannot view the map on our ‘contact us’ page, call or email for directions.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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).
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The NIHR Cambridge CRF 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 and exemptions listed below.
The content listed below is non-accessible for the following reasons.
Some images do not have a text alternative, so people using a screen reader cannot access the information. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.1.1 (non-text content).
We plan to add text alternatives for all images by September 2020. When we publish new content we’ll make sure our use of images meets accessibility standards.
There’s no way to skip the repeated content in the page header (for example, a ‘skip to main content’ option).
We use the colour coral to display hyperlinks in our website, in accordance with NIHR branding guidelines. However coral hyperlinks may be difficult to read for people with low vision or colour-blindness. We are working with the central NIHR team on the current branding guidelines including colour for our hyperlinks. We will update any of the branding as soon as possible when new recommendations have been set.
The footer area of our website is white text on a grey background. This is also low contrast. We will work with the website developers to change this across the website to another colour which increases contrast for people with impaired vision.
The NIHR Cambridge CRF has a sub-site for children and adolescents: https://cambridge.crf.nihr.ac.uk/patientpublic/involving-children-and-young-people-at-the-crf-2/. This is designed to be very bright and cheerful to attract its audience (children and under-18s). However many of the features of this part of the website fail accessibility standards, particularly in the low contrast of headings, hyperlinks and buttons.
We believe that improving both the navigation and low-contrast hyperlinks and other features of the children’s sub-site now would be a disproportionate burden within the meaning of the accessibility regulations. We will make another assessment when the web developer contract is up for renewal, likely to be over winter 2020/21.
This website has embedded video content from YouTube. These may not be accessible to screen reader users, as screen readers cannot recognise iframes (which YouTube uses to embed videos).
We will alert users to video content by giving the videos a ‘title’ attribute. This will include the name of the video followed by the words ‘video player.’ This will help to make the YouTube player more accessible. Ultimately we would like to add accessible play, pause and stop controls to YouTube embedded videos but this is a longer-term development project.
Some of our PDFs and Word documents are essential to providing our services. For example, we have PDFs with information on how users can access and get involved with the services we provide. By November 2020 we plan to either fix these or replace them with accessible HTML pages, including booking forms and programmes for training courses facilitated by NIHR Cambridge CRF. However, some essential documents published on our website are authored by external organisations which we cannot update.
The accessibility regulations do not require us to fix PDFs or other documents published before 23 September 2018 if they’re not essential to providing our services. For example, we do not plan to fix pdfs of conference posters that were uploaded before 23 September 2018 as these fall under ‘historic documents’.
Any new PDFs or Word documents we publish will meet accessibility standards.
We do not currently host live video streams but may provide these in future. However we do not plan to add captions to live video streams because live video is exempt from meeting the accessibility regulations.
We plan to address all accessibility issues starting with our public-facing pages https://cambridge.crf.nihr.ac.uk/patientpublic/what-is-clinical-research/. This includes the sub-site https://cambridge.crf.nihr.ac.uk/patientpublic/involving-children-and-young-people-at-the-crf-2/. We plan to complete this by January 2021.
We will then address the following sections (with estimated completion dates in brackets):
This statement was prepared on 21 September 2020. It was last reviewed on 21 September 2020.
This website was last tested on 21 September 2020. The test was carried out by NIHR Cambridge CRF.
We decided on a sample of pages to test. This included: