Accessibility statement for Parades Commission NI

Parades Commission NI is committed to ensuring digital accessibility for people with disabilities. We are continually improving the user experience for everyone, and applying the relevant accessibility standards.

This accessibility statement applies to content on the http://www.paradescommission.org/default.aspx. website.

This website is run by Parades Commission NI (PCNI) and 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 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.

How accessible this website is

We are currently working to redevelop sections of the website to improve accessibility and usability.  We know some parts of this website are not fully accessible:

  • The Calendar pop up on the home page cannot be changed using the keyboard.

  • At 200%, after tabbing through the hamburger menu, the focus then selects content in the background.  This bring up focus on partly cut off media links and content that cannot be fully viewed.

  • Some PDF documents are not fully accessible to screen reader software.

  • Focus on back to the top button is not clear due to colour contrast.

  • Tables and images in PDF documents are not accurately tagged.

Feedback and contact information

We welcome your feedback on the accessibility of PCNI. If you need information on this website in a different accessible format, for example large print, easy read, audio recording or Braille:

Phone: 02890 895900
E-mail: info@paradescommissionni.org
Postal address: 2nd Floor Andras House, 60 Great Victoria Street, BELFAST, BT2 7BB

We try to respond to feedback within 5 business days.

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

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 us at Parades Commission NI

Enforcement procedure

The Equality Commission for Northern Ireland (ECNI) is responsible for enforcing the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018 (the ‘accessibility regulations’) in Northern Ireland. If you’re not happy with how we respond to your request or complaint, please call ECNI on 028 9050 0600 and ask to speak with one of their Discrimination Advice Officers in their Legal Division, or email information@equalityni.org

Contacting us by phone or visiting us in person

Find out how to contact us Parades Commission NI
 
Technical information about this website’s accessibility

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

Compliance status 

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.

Non-accessible content

The content listed below is non-accessible for the following reasons.

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations

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 2021. When we publish new content we’ll make sure our use of images meets accessibility standards.

Some information in tables in PDF documents are not correctly tagged and do not provide information such as row and column titles.  This fails WCAG 2.1 success criteria 1.3.1 (Info and Relationships).  We plan to amend these PDF documents by September 2021 and when we publish new content we’ll make sure all documents meet accessibility standards.

The calendar pop up within the calendars for ‘parade date from’ and ‘parade date to’ cannot be changed using the keyboard.  This fails WCAG success criteria 2.1.1 (keyboard). We are currently working to rectify the issue and aim to ensure this part of the website is accessible by September 2021.

On all webpages, at 200%, after tabbing through the hamburger menu, the focus then selects content in the background.  This bring up focus on partly cut off media links and content that cannot be fully viewed.  This fails WCAG 2.1 success criteria 2.4.3 (focus order).We are currently working to rectify the issue and aim to ensure the website is fully accessible by September 2021.
 
Focus on the back to the top button is not clear due to colour contrast on all webpages.  This fails WCAG 2.1 success criteria 1.4.3 (Contrast minimum). We are currently working to rectify the issue and aim to ensure the website is fully accessible by September 2021.
 
Content that’s not within the scope of the accessibility regulations
PDFs and other documents

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 our services, and forms published as Word documents.

However we will review all documents and either fix these or replace them with accessible HTML pages as part of our continuous improvement process across our digital portfolio.

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. 

Any new PDFs or Word documents we publish will meet accessibility standards.

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

The Commission is continuing to monitor the website and consider any feedback it receives.  The Commission is working with its supplier to implement the changes necessary to ensure WCAG 2.1 AA compliance.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 22 September 2020. It was last reviewed on 23 July 2021.

This website was last tested on 24th May 2021. The test was carried out by Central Digital and Data Office on behalf of the Minister of the Cabinet Office.

They used a mixture of manual checks and automated tests.  The manual tests included using each page without a mouse, viewing the page at different zoom settings, and simulating viewing the page on a small screen.  The automated tests were completed using the latest version of axe: http://www.deque.com/axe/

Tests were completed using different settings in the Google Chrome browser on Mac OSX with a 13 inch screen.

The following pages were tested:
Annual Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 March 2020 http://www.paradescommission.org/getmedia/73089983-f4b8-46a8-b816-7ea709122d81/NorthernIrelandParadesCommission.aspx
Homehttp://www.paradescommission.org/
Contact http://www.paradescommission.org/Contact-Us.aspx
Accessibility http://www.paradescommission.org/Accessibility-Statement.aspx
About us http://www.paradescommission.org/About-Us/Commission.aspx
FAQ http://www.paradescommission.org/FAQs.aspx