Accessibility

 Last updated 19th October 2020

We want to make sure everyone is able to use our website (www.versusarthritis.org) and we’re working to improve the accessibility across our site.

Versus Arthritis website has been checked against WCAG 2.0 AA accessibility standards and is working to improve the site so that it meets these standards.

This means you should be able to:

  • zoom in up to 200% on the website and still be able to read all the text properly
  • change colours, contrast levels and fonts
  • navigate most of the website using just a keyboard
  • navigate most of the website using iOS voice control and speech recognition feature available on iOS 13 and above
  • listen to most of the website using a screen reader (tested on NVDA only at the moment)

Customise your experience

We have tried to ensure we are meeting your needs. However, you may wish to further customise the website to meet your needs. Individual adjustments to your desktop, laptop, tablet or mobile can make the website easier to use.

Customisable features include text size, colour contrasts and keyboard controls. Read AbilityNet’s My Computer My Way guide to find out more about how to do this.

Improvements made since June 2020

In June 2020, we used automated testing tools to look at the accessibility across our website. We tested using the following tools:

  • Axe
  • WAVE – WebAIM 
  • Lighthouse Audits 
  • NVDA Screen reader (Non-Visual-Desktop-Acess)
  • Chrome Dev Tools – accessibility tab 
  • Popetech whole site scan (Wave)
  • Tota11y 
  • SiteImprove
  • iOS voice control  

After testing across the website, we made the following changes to ensure:

  • information conveyed through colour is also available in text, as well as text alternatives for image
  • users can increase colour contrasts between text and background
  • text alternatives are enabled throughout the website so text can be read aloud, presented visually, and converted to braille
  • data rows and columns can be read out to provide necessary context to a data table
  • labels and headings are descriptive and meaningful
  • ensuring users can focus exactly where needed on our pages

We ran our latest accessibility scan on the 8th October 2020 and discovered the following problems which we are now working to fix:

  • low colour contrasts
  • empty headings and labels

Improving accessibility in the future

We know we still have work to do and we’re looking to continue to improve our accessibility by:

  • ensuring the site is accessible for screen readers and testing this across multiple assistive technologies
  • improving the accessibility of PDFs across the site
  • conducting usability testing across our digital products including our website

If you have problems using the Versus Arthritis site or would like to be involved in helping us test our website in the future, please contact us at digital@versusarthritis.org.