Fostering Water Innovation in Scotland

Accessibility Statement

This website is managed by Scottish Enterprise on behalf of the Hydro Nation Water Innovation partners. We want to make our services accessible to everyone who could benefit from them, irrespective of any disability they may have.

We are committed to making this website accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018. This website is partially compliant with the Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard, due to the issues listed on this page.

This statement was prepared on 22 September 2020. It was last reviewed on 22 September 2020.

How we approach accessibility

This website was audited in September 2020. The test was carried out by Arrival Design.

As well as aiming to build our website in a way that’s easy for all users to use and navigate, we’re also working towards making the language we use as simple as possible to understand by using plain English principles.

AbilityNet has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability.

Accessibility problems we’ve found

During an audit of our website, we’ve found the following problems, which we’ll aim to fix by March 2021. Once we’ve fixed a problem, we’ll remove it from this list.

The navigation menu:

  • Some users of assistive technology will be unable to skip the navigation menu and blocks of content that appear on every page
  • When a user clicks the hamburger menu, the focus doesn’t automatically move to the expanded menu
  • When a user selects an item in the navigation menu, the focus doesn’t automatically skip to the first item of the selected section
  • Users may find it difficult to navigate the site because it’s not clear where the focus of the page is or which link it is on.

Using the site:

  • There is a video on the homepage which cannot be paused, stopped or hidden, this may be distracting or disorientating for some users
  • Some images are not tagged correctly which could cause issues for users of assistive technology, for example they may not provide good description of the image
  • There are some errors in the website code which make it difficult for assistive technologies to process the page
  • Some of the site content and features is tagged or labelled incorrectly which may confuse assistive technology or make it difficult for users to understand or navigate the content
  • Some pages use incorrect heading hierarchy which makes it difficult for users of assistive technology to navigate the content on the page

Focus:

  • When a user clicks a jump link in a content page, the focus doesn’t move to the section they’ve jumped to
  • The outline style on some links makes it very difficult to see their focus state

Visual:

  • Some areas of the site do not have enough contrast between the text and the background colour.
  • Some of the links on our site are not underlined. This makes it difficult for some users to see them

Links:

  • When opening some links, assistive technology does not notify the user that a new window has opened
  • Some links and buttons may have very general descriptions and do not give a clear indication of where the link will take you
  • Some of the links on our site have the same link text but go to different destinations. Each of these link texts should be unique making it easier to navigate the site.

PDF :

  • The PDF documents on our site cannot be used by some assistive technologies
  • Some of the images in our PDF documents contain information which cannot be processed by assistive technologies
  • Some of the PDF documents on our site do not define which language is being used which makes it difficult for assistive technologies to process the page
  • Some of the PDF documents on our site do not contain a title element which may confuse users of assistive technology

How we’re addressing accessibility issues

  • We will modify some of the components on our website to improve the websites accessibility.
  • We aim to fix the accessibility issues highlighted on this page by March 2021.

What to do if you cannot 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, you can contact us using these contact details:

If you’re deaf or hearing impaired you can use your textphone to contact us through Relay UK, or you can search for Relay UK on the App Store for iPhone or iPad and at Google Play for Android.

Reporting a problem

You can use the same contact details to report an accessibility problem on this website.

If you’ve contacted us regarding accessibility and are still dissatisfied with our decision or the way we dealt with your complaint, you can ask the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman (SPSO) to look at it.

The SPSO cannot normally look at:

  • A complaint that has not completed our complaints procedure (so please make sure it has done so, before contacting the SPSO)
  • Events that happened, or that you became aware of, more than a year ago
  • A matter that has been or is being considered in court

Contact the SPSO

Enforcement procedure

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)