Website accessibility statement
This accessibility statement applies to the website available via www.swswchd.co.uk. This website is run by the South Wales and South West Congenital Heart Disease Network. We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website.
What is website accessibility?
The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is the organisation responsible for developing web standards. The W3C states that: 'Web accessibility means that websites, tools, and technologies are designed and developed so that people with disabilities can use them."
For a full definition, and to see what accessibility means for all website users, please see the W3C website.
How accessible is our website
We currently partially meet the accessibility requirements. While we try to make new content accessible to all users, we can't guarantee that every part of this website will meet everyone's accessibility needs. Exemptions from these requirements include pre-recorded audio and video published before 23 September 2020 and PDFs or other documents published before 23 September 2018, unless users need them to use a service.
Our website does feature in-built tools to enable users to alter the way content is viewed using standard templates, e.g. the ability to alter text size.
We have 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.
Standard web browsing software offers options to allow users to alter the way they view content, and we do not deliberately override these options.
There is some content which is difficult to publish in a way that is fully accessible. For example, some documents are designed to be printed. While users are welcome to download such documents, they are not designed to be an online resource and are therefore not designed with web accessibility in mind.
What we are doing to improve accessibility
We are aware that we need to make some changes to the accessibility of this website and are currently working towards this.
In the meantime, we will ensure the content of this website meets the requirements of the international WCAG 2.1 AA accessibility standard. This is the minimum standard considered to be acceptable for public sector websites.
We will also try to make all of our key content as accessible as possible. An example of key content would be a document which somebody needs to use to access a particular service related to their disability.
However, our priority is to deliver new content which will feature improved accessibility.
Get in touch
If you find a piece of content which you feel is not accessible, or if you would like any content in another format, please contact us. We will do what we can to make the requested information available in an accessible format.
Preparation of this accessibility statement
This statement was prepared in December 2021.
This website was last tested in December 2021. The test was carried out by the South Wales and South West CHD Network team.