Arts Council of Northern Ireland

The Funding and Development Agency
for The Arts in Northern Ireland

028 9262 3555 info@artscouncil-ni.org

Accessibility

This accessibility statement applies to all Arts Council of Northern Ireland (ACNI) online resources that are directly within our control and command. This statement does not apply to third party websites, even if said sites are providing services in aid of ACNI’s goals or purposes.

ACNI attempts to provide the following services to increase the accessibility of our online content:

  • Clear layout and design
  • Resize text functionality
  • All text content is readable and understandable
  • Available to view on mobile devices

How accessible this website is

While we endeavour to ensure all users have the ability to fully access our online resources, we are aware that our website does not meet current government accessibility standards. To rectify this a development project is underway, which we hope will be completed by October 2022, which will bring ACNI’s online presence into line with industry and legal standards.

Feedback and contact information

If you need information on this website in a different format, please contact info@artscouncil-ni.org and we will make all reasonable arrangements we can.

We will consider your request and get back to you in 14 days.

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

As stated, ACNI is well aware of the current issues with our online presence, however we are always open to further suggestion which can be submitted to info@artscounil-ni.org

Enforcement procedure

The Equalities 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’). If you’re not happy with how we respond to your complaint.

Compliance status

This website is not compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard. The current website does not comply to issues with the legacy software and now out-dated technology the website was built on. A redevelopment project is currently underway, finance permitting, due for completion October 2022.

Non-accessible content

  • Images do not have a text alternative and those using a screen reader cannot access the information,
  • Unable to change colours, contrast levels and fonts,
  • No text to speech option
  • Pre-recorded videos do not have captions or sign language alternatives,
  • Unable to navigate the website using a keyboard,
  • The top-level drop-down navigation, is not fully available,
  • The image carousel on homepage cannot be paused or stopped,
  • PDF documents are not fully accessible to screen reader software.

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations

See below

Disproportionate burden

  • Images do not have a text alternative, so those using a screen reader cannot access the information,
  • Unable to change colours, contrast levels and fonts,
  • No text to speech option,
  • Pre-recorded videos do not have captions or sign language alternatives,
  • Unable to navigate the website using a keyboard,
  • The top-level, drop-down navigation, is not fully available,
  • Image carousel on homepage cannot be paused or stopped,
  • PDF documents are not fully accessible to screen reader software.

Currently our website is hampered by the legacy software and out-dated technologies embedded in it. The above issues are not readily fixable without full redevelopment of the ACNI website, a project which is currently in planning. Until the website redevelopment project is complete, these problems will remain and are a disproportionate financial burden to rectify in terms of costs and timescales.

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. By October 2022, we plan to either fix these or replace them with accessible HTML pages.

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.

From mid-2022, any new PDFs or Word documents ACNI publishes will meet accessibility standards.

Live video

We do not plan to add captions to live video streams because live video is exempt from meeting the accessibility regulations.

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

Currently a total redevelopment of our website is underway, ideally for completion October 2022. Included in the website project brief and specification is the request that current accessibility standards are met and that compliance is a specific action point.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 28/10/2021. It was last reviewed on 22/12/2021

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