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Accessibility statement for Stockton Information Directory website. 

This accessibility statement applies to www.stocktoninformationdirectory.org  

This website is run by Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council. 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 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.  

How accessible this website is  

We are working to make our website as accessible as possible. However, we know some parts of this website are not fully accessible.

Current issues are have identified are:

  •  one page includes a table that is difficult to read on small phone screens (iPhone 5) 
  • some course pages include an embedded Google map and within the map the marker icon does not include a label for screen readers

Feedback and contact information  

If you need information on this website in a different format such as accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille email: webmaster@stockton.gov.uk   

We will consider your request and get back to you as soon as possible.  

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 digital.accessibility@stockton.gov.uk  

Enforcement procedure  

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is responsible for enforcing 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 Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS).

Contacting us by phone or visiting us in person  

Our offices have audio induction loops, or if you contact us before your visit we can arrange a British Sign Language (BSL) interpreter.  

Call us on 01642 393939 to start the process.  

Technical information about this website's accessibility  

Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council 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', listed below. 

Non-accessible content 

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations 

Mobile

One page requires scrolling in two dimensions on small screens this fails WCAG AA 1.4.10. 

Content that's not within the scope of the accessibility regulations 

Third party applications - Google Maps 

Some of our pages include embedded Google maps and within these the map marker icon does not include a label for screen readers, this fails WCAG AA 2.1 4.1.2.  

What we are doing to improve accessibility  

We are working across our services to ensure all content produced for the website is in an accessible format. We regularly review our accessibility through user testing for new content and online services as well and manual testing using NVDA and diagnostic software such as Wave, Axe and Silktide to ensure compliance of WCAG 2.1 AA standards and AAA where possible.  

Preparation of this accessibility statement  

This statement was prepared on 8 February 2024. It was last reviewed and updated on 19 June 2024.

This website is tested every day using diagnostic software called Silktide. Manual testing is also carried out on a regular basis for new content. Testing is carried out by our Digital and Web Development Team.