How accessible is this website

We are committed to making this website as accessible as possible to the widest possible audience regardless of technology or ability. We are actively working to increase the accessibility and usability of our website and in doing so adhere to many of the available standards and guidelines.

This website endeavours to conform to the AA level of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1. These guidelines explain how to make web content more accessible for people with disabilities.

This site has been built using code compliant with W3C standards for HTML and CSS. The site displays correctly in current browsers and using standards compliant HTML/CSS code means any future browsers will also display it correctly.

We know some parts of this website are not fully accessible.

We are actively working to increase the accessibility and usability of our resources and aim to adhere to the available standards and guidelines. We are aiming to meet the 2018 accessibility regulations prior to the September 2020 deadline and be WCAG 2.1 AA compliant by summer 2020.

How we assessed this website

We tested our website using a combination of methods to check our site:

  • Automated testing: we used WAVE and axe which scanned our pages for accessibility errors, and lets us know which ones required fixing.
  • Manual testing: we used an accessibility checklist to manually check a representative sample of pages from across our website. This included checking that our pages can be navigated using only a keyboard, and testing any colour contrasts that could not be automatically checked.
  • User testing: we’ve been talking to people who have access needs, asking them to show us how they use the DEBS website and the problems they face.

What to do if you can’t access parts of this website

If you need information on this website in a different format please email or call (0)1904 323 954. We will consider your request and get back to you within ten working days.

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

Any accessibility problems encountered while accessing material on this site should be reported to or via (0)1904 323 954.

What are we doing to improve accessibility?

We will run regular accessibility checks following our accessibility checklist, and ensure that all new content added to the website meets accessibility requirements. This accessibility statement will be updated regularly as changes and improvements are made to our website.