This section of the website contains information on the accessibility of our website. Wherever possible we are committed to making all our methods of communication as accessible to as many people as possible.
Special thanks to the BBC who help describe the best methods of accessibility below.
Accessibility is the word used to describe whether a product (for example, a website, mobile site, digital TV interface or application) can be used by people of all abilities and disabilities.
For instance, a website is accessible if all people, including disabled and elderly people, can use it. At the AET, we aim to ensure that all our training, resources and information is accessible – this is called usability.
On a website, accessibility depends on how a person’s disability affects the way they perceive information on a page and how they navigate within and between pages. Elements that affect accessibility include:
- For people who can’t see very well: the colours and the contrast between colours; the size of text; the choice of fonts
- For people who are blind: how a screenreader interprets the elements on a page (for example, alt tags for images, and title tags for links); the inclusion of audio description for video content
- For people who can’t hear very well: how any audio content is represented graphically (for example, including subtitles or signing on video content)
- For people who find a keyboard or mouse hard to use: the ease with which someone can navigate to parts of the page (for instance, by tabbing); auto-completion of forms
- For people who find words difficult: the length of sentences and paragraphs; the complexity of the vocabulary; the choice of fonts and size of text; the availability of spelling checkers and word prediction; the opportunity to have text read out loud
Accessibility standards on the AET website
Our website is designed to support a full range of accessibility options, including screen reader software and browser adaptations. The W3C Web Accessibility Initiative provides guidance on changing text size and colour to make text more legible; similar advice is available for accessibility features on Android smart phones and on iOS for iPhone and iPad. The site has been designed to comply wherever possible with Level AA and even AAA conformance of the W3C’s WAI accessibility guidelines and in accordance with RNIB recommendations.
Accessibility for autistic people
The site, wherever possible, has taken in to account the four key areas of difference that autistic people may have. All actions on the site is dependent on the operation of the user. There are no loud sounds or flashing/flickering movement (apart from some elements within the films) on the website. We have tried, wherever possible, to keep the language clear, direct and non-figurative. The AET young persons panel and the AET leadership groups have been consulted for the development of this website.