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
  • Zoom in up to 300% without the text spilling off the screen
  • Navigate using just a keyboard or your chosen speech recognition software
  • Available to view on mobile devices

We’ve tried to make our website content easy to understand and readable.

The AbilityNet website has advice on how to make your device easier to use if you’re disabled.

How accessible this website is

Improving the accessibility of our website is a continuous development project within the Arts Council. We know there are some parts of this website which are not fully accessible:

  • most older PDF documents are not fully accessible to screen reader software
  • there are decorative images that make it difficult to navigate when using a screen reader.

Feedback and contact information

If you need information on this website in a different format, please contact and we will make all reasonable arrangements we can. For example, we aim to provide information in an accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or Braille.

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

We are always trying to improve the accessibility of our website and are always open to further suggestions which can be submitted to us by email at:

Enforcement procedure

The Equality 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 you can contact the Equality Commission.

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

The content listed below is non-accessible for the following reasons

  • Unable to change colours, contrast levels and fonts
  • No text to speech option
  • Older pre-recorded videos do not have captions
  • Pre-recorded videos do not have sign language alternatives
  • Older PDF documents are not fully accessible to screen reader software.

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.

The accessibility regulations do not require ACNI to fix PDFs or other documents published before 23 September 2018 if they’re not essential to providing our services. From April 2023, any new PDFs or Word documents ACNI publishes will meet accessibility standards.

Third party content

Areas of this website may include third party content which we have no control over.

The accessibility regulations do not require us to manage these kinds of content, but if you have a problem with any of the content hosted on this website, contact us and we’ll try and help.

How we tested this website

We use the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines V2.1 level A and level AA to test how accessible this website is.

What we are doing to improve accessibility

Where possible, we try to test our services with a representative range of users, including people with disabilities.

We also test components to ensure they work with a range of browsers, devices and assistive technologies.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 28/10/2021. It was last reviewed on 10/08/2023.

If you need to talk to someone we’ll do our best to help