This website is maintained by the West Sussex County Council Public Health and Social Research Unit.
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’ve 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 you can increase access
- Microsoft Windows comes with a basic screen reader called Narrator, which reads text on the screen aloud and describes some events (such as an error message appearing) that happen while you’re using the computer. You can find more information on how to use Narrator on the Microsoft website.
- For Mac users, MacOS has built-in text to speech and vice-versa functions, which you can access by going to ‘System Preferences’ and selecting ‘Universal Access’.
For downloaded files, such as PDFs and word documents, you can use the Read Aloud function on Adobe Acrobat and Microsoft Word.
- To use Read Aloud on Adobe Acrobat, you can access this by going to ‘View’, selecting ‘Read Out Loud’ then ‘Activate Read Out Loud’.
- To use Read Aloud on Microsoft Word, go to ‘Review’ and select ‘Read Aloud’.
Screen magnification allows you to greatly increase text size. However, the magnified area will only be a small portion of the original screen, and the greater magnification you use, the less of your screen you’ll be able to see.
- All recent versions of Microsoft Windows include magnification software. To magnify your screen, click on ‘Start’ then select ‘Programmes’ followed by ‘Accessories’ and ‘Magnifier’. You can then select the amount of magnification you want from the dialog box that will appear on screen. On Windows 10 or later systems, go to ‘Start’ then ‘Windows Ease of Access’ then ‘Magnifier’.
- For Mac users, you can select the screen magnifier option by going to ‘System Preferences’ and selecting ‘Universal Access’.
This website is designed to be viewable on all devices, using a “mobile first” design approach. However, some media embedded on these pages may be more easily viewed on a larger screen. We recommend using at least a tablet-sized device to view this website.
How accessible this website is
We know some parts of this website are not fully accessible:
- some older PDF documents are not fully accessible to screen reader software
- some PDF documents are produced using a programme that makes them inaccessible to screen reader software
What to do if you can’t access parts of this website
If you need information on this website in a different format, like accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille, email ACDJSNA “at” westsussex.gov.uk.
We’ll consider your request and get back to you within 10 working days.
Reporting accessibility problems with this website
We are 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, email ACDJSNA “at” westsussex.gov.uk.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) 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, contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS).
Technical information about this website’s accessibility
West Sussex County Council is committed to making its websites accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.
This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliances and exemptions listed below.
The content listed below is non-accessible for the following reasons.
Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations
It is not always possible for our content to be accessible. Where content is likely to create a barrier, we will state a reason, warn users and offer alternatives.
We are currently auditing our website and will list here the areas that we know are not fully accessible and what we are doing to fix these issues.
- Some of our PDFs include infographic images that do not have text alternative or are produced using a programme that makes them inaccessible to screen readers, so people using a screen reader cannot access the information. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.1.1 (non-text content). We are working towards producing text alternatives for these PDFs and we will make sure our use of infographic images meets accessibility standards when we publish new content.
Content that’s not within the scope of the accessibility regulations
PDFs and other documents
The accessibility regulations do not require us to fix PDFs or office file formats published before 23 September 2018 if they’re not essential to providing our services.
Any new PDFs or office file formats we publish will meet accessibility standards, or if not, we will state a reason, warn users and offer alternatives.
The accessibility regulations do not require us to fix maps that are not supplied for the purpose of navigation. Maps for displaying data are not currently accessible but we will provide accessible alternatives when technology allows. In the meantime, please contact us if you require assistance with our data maps.
Preparation of this accessibility statement
This statement was prepared on 23rd September 2019. It was last reviewed on 5th October 2020.