This accessibility statement applies to wfd.org.
This website is run by Westminster Foundation for Democracy. We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website. We are committed to making our website perceivable, operable, understandable, and robust.
Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) is committed to making its website accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.
Whilst our service users are not based in the UK, WFD endeavours to apply the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018 (the ‘Accessibility Regulations’) to its website and relevant content.
For example, we are taking steps so that users can:
- Change colours to increase the contrast levels
- Change fonts to improve readability
- Introduce new affordance and interaction design improvements
- 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 aim to conduct user testing to identify further opportunities to improve the usability and accessibility of our website, and iterate with cycles of design improvements once the new website is functioning. This will happen both before launch and afterwards – taking a continuous improvent approach to website development.
We are also making 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 know some parts of this website are not fully accessible and we are working hard to correct this. We commissioned the Shaw Trust to conduct a full accessibility assessment and make recommendations for how we can improve. Following their report, we commissioned a new and fully accessible website, which is currently under development. We expect this process to be complete by January 2022.
Feedback and contact information
If you need information on this website in a different format like accessible PDF, British Sign Language, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. We will need you to tell us the web address of the content, your name and email address, and the format you need.
We will consider your request and get back to you in 14 days.
If you cannot view the map on our ‘contact us’ page, call or email us for directions.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is responsible for enforcing the ‘Accessibility Regulations’. If you’re not happy with how we respond to your feedback or report of any accessibility problems, you may contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS).
Contacting us by phone or visiting us in person
We have a switchboard telephone number and our staff can help connect you to WFD contact you need to speak to.
WFD operates offices in over 30 locations across the world, including the UK. In the UK, we comply with all applicable laws, in particular the Equality Act 2010 and the Disability Discrimination Act 1995. Our offices outside of the UK are often hosted by partners or otherwise in premises we do not control, and local law and custom varies country-to-country. However, WFD endeavours to ensure, wherever possible, that its offices are accessible to people with mobility issues. We will also make reasonable adjustments to accommodate the needs of our visitors as appropriate.
Please note that, at present, many of WFD’s offices are closed to staff and/or visitors due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Technical information about this website’s accessibility
Westminster Foundation for Democracy is committed to making its website accessible, in accordance with the Accessibility Regulations.
This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard, due to due to the non-compliances and exemptions’ listed below.
Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations
Some of our content is non-accessible for the following reasons:
- Disproportionate burden
- Navigation and accessing information
- There’s no way to skip the repeated content in the page header (for example, a ‘skip to main content’ option).
- It’s not always possible to change the device orientation from horizontal to vertical without making it more difficult to view the content.
- It’s not possible for users to change text size without some of the content overlapping.
- Dropdown menus from Where we work and Work with us are not accessible using the keyboard
- Arrows are not accessible using the keyboard to move along articles under WFD Partners
- Focus is not clear across feature carousel image articles.
- Focus is not clear on the magnifying glass
- At 200% and 400%, focus is not visible on the hamburger menu. Once menu is open, there is no focus on content within the menu.
- There is no pause button for carousel under WFD Partners
- Grey text for the menu along the banner does not have sufficient colour contrast. This is has a Contrast Ratio: 3.36:1
- Poor colour contrast of focus on the Dismiss cookie banner button.
- On the contact form: Poor colour contrast of focus on Submit message button; Poor colour contrast on placeholder text for contact us form
- White text on background images have elements that do not have sufficient colour contrast.
- In mobile view, the page does not reflow correctly and content is partially cut off.
We’ve assessed the cost of fixing the issues with navigation and accessing information, and with interactive tools and transactions on our current website. We believe that doing so now would be a disproportionate burden within the meaning of the Accessibility Regulations, seeing as a new compliant website is under development. Content that’s not within the scope of the Accessibility Regulations
- Non-essential documents published before September 23, 2018;
- Live audio and video and pre-recorded audio and video published before September 23, 2020.
- Third-party content not funded or under the control of the body.
- Archived material
The Accessibility Regulations do not require us to adapt PDFs or other documents published before 23 September 2018 if they are not essential to providing our services.
WFD’s provides services such as learning-related activities, technical advice and research, and acts as convenor for dialogue and sharing lessons. Its beneficiaries or service users are parliaments (including representatives and officials), political parties, electoral bodies, and civil society organisations located outside of the UK.
Many of our older PDFs or Word documents do not meet accessibility standards. WFD does not generally offer its services for digital delivery through its website, but WFD has adapted any older PDFs or documents published on our website that we have assessed as essential to the ongoing delivery of these services to our users.
We are improving the accessibility of all new PDF and Word documents published on our website.
What we’re doing to improve accessibility
We commissioned the Shaw Trust to conduct a full accessibility assessment, make recommendations for how we can improve, and support us as we implement the recommendations. Following the report, we commissioned a new accessible website which is currently under development. We expect this process to be complete by January 2022.
WFD aims to secure and maintain a full certificate of accessibility.
Reporting accessibility problems with this website
We are always looking to improve the accessibility of this website. If you find any problems or think we’re not meeting accessibility requirements, email the communication team at email@example.com.
Preparation of this accessibility statement
This statement was prepared on 17 September 2020. It was reviewed on 22 September 2021.
This website was tested in October 2020. The test was carried out by the Shaw Trust. A new website is currently under development.