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Accessibility Statement

This accessibility statement applies to our website https://edu.digitaltheatreplus.com (the "Website").

This Website is run by Digital Theatre.com Limited and its holding company, subsidiaries, and affiliates ("Digital Theatre", "we", "our" or "us").

We want as many people as possible to be able to use this Website. For example:

  • all functionality of the content is operable through a keyboard interface without requiring a mouse or touch input.
  • any keyboard interface has a mode of operation where the keyboard focus indicator is visible.
  • if a web page can be navigated sequentially, focusable components receive focus in an order that preserves meaning and operability.
  • if a keyboard focus can be moved to a component of the page using a keyboard interface, then focus can be moved away from that component using only a keyboard interface.
  • web content does not restrict use of input modalities available.
  • the size of the screen and/or pointer inputs (buttons etc.) is large enough to be accessible on mobile devices.
  • colour is not used as the only visual means of conveying information (for example, links are also underlined).
  • the visual presentation of text and images of text has a contrast ratio of at least 4:5:1 (large text) and 3:1 (small text).
  • text can be resized without assistance technology up to at least 200% without loss of content or functionality.
  • there are a number of appropriate text alternatives that serve the equivalent purpose.
  • for all user interface components, the name and role can be programmatically determined and the values that can be set by the user can be programmatically set.
  • the website is not designed in a way that is known to cause seizures or physical reactions; and
  • users who experience distraction or nausea can set the “prefers-reduced-motion” setting in their browser or operating system.

We have also made the Website text as simple as possible to understand.

AbilityNet (https://mcmw.abilitynet.org.uk/) 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. You can see a full list of any issues in the “Non-accessible content” section of this statement.

Feedback and contact information

If you need information on this Website in a different format like accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille or assistance completing a task email: support@digitaltheatreplus.com. We will consider your request and get back to you within five (5) 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 are not meeting accessibility requirements, contact us by email: accessibility@digitaltheatreplus.com.

Technical information about this Websites accessibility

Digital Theatre is committed to making its Website accessible. This Website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 (https://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG21) ("WCAG") A, AA and AAA standard, due to the non-compliances listed below.

Non-accessible content

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

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations

WCAG 2.1 Level A

  • We do not provide descriptive text transcripts (including all relevant visual and auditory clues and indicators) for non-live, web-based audio. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.2.1 Audio-only and Video-only (Prerecorded) (Level A). We are aiming to satisfy this requirement by April 2022.
  • We do not provide a descriptive text transcript or audio description audio track for non-live web-based video. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.2.3 Audio Description or Media Alternative (Prerecorded) (Level A). We will assess future content to understand whether we are able to meet this standard.
  • We do not provide audio descriptions for all video content. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.2.5 Audio Description (Prerecorded) (Level A). We will assess future content to understand whether we are able to meet this standard.
  • At the time this statement was prepared 91% of videos have captions. This fails WCAG 2.1, 1.2.2 Captions (Prerecorded) (Level A). All new content we create after September 2020 will satisfy this standard. We are aiming to satisfy this requirement for all historic content by the end of 2021.
  • We do not provide a sign language video for all media content that requires audio. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.2.6 Sign Language (Prerecorded) (Level A). We will assess future content to understand whether we are able to meet this standard.

WCAG 2.1 Level AAA

  • When an audio description track cannot be added to video due to audio timing (e.g., no pauses in audio), we do not provide an alternative version of the video with pauses that allow audio descriptions is provided. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.2.7 Extended Audio Description (Prerecorded) (Level AAA). We will assess future content to understand whether we are able to meet this standard.
  • We do not provide a descriptive text transcript for all pre-recorded synchronized media. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.2.8 Media Alternative (Prerecorded) (Level AAA). We are aiming to satisfy this requirement by April 2022.
  • The visual presentation of some text and images of text has a contrast ratio of at least 7.1. This fails WCAGA 2.1 success criterion 1.4.6 Contrast (Enhanced) (Level AAA). We will assess future content to understand whether we are able to meet this standard.
  • We have not produced audio of speech with no or very low background noise so the speech is easily distinguished. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.4.7 Low or No Background Audio (Level AAA). We will assess future content to understand whether we are able to meet this standard.
  • We do not provide a mechanism for users to select background and foreground colours, although users may override the background and foreground colours using additional tools. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.4.8. Visual Presentation (Level AAA). We will assess future content to understand whether we are able to meet this standard.
  • No web pages contain anything that flashes more than three times in any one second period, but there may be some flashing video content. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.3.2 Three Flashes (Level AAA).
  • Words that may be ambiguous, unknown or used in a very specific way are not always defined through adjacent text, a definition list, a glossary, or other suitable methods. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 3.1.3 Unusual Words (Level AAA). We will assess future content to understand whether we are able to meet this standard.
  • Expansions for abbreviations are not provided by expanding or explaining the definition the first time it is used, using the <abbr> element, or linking to a definition or glossary. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 3.1.4 Abbreviations (Level AAA). We will assess future content to understand whether we are able to meet this standard.
  • If the pronunciation of a word is vital to understand that word, its pronunciation is not provided immediately following the word or via a link or glossary. This fails WCAG success criterion 3.1.6 Pronunciation (Level AAA). We will assess future content to understand whether we are able to meet this standard.

Disproportionate burden

We have assessed the cost of fixing the issues set out below. We believe that doing so now would be a disproportionate burden within the meaning of the accessibility regulations (http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2018/952/regulation/7/made).

  • To provide descriptive text transcript (including all relevant visual and auditory clues and indicators) for non-live, web-based audio.
  • To provide a descriptive text transcript or audio description audio track for non-live web-based video.
  • To provide a sign language video for all media content that requires audio.
  • To define ambiguous words through adjacent text, a definition list, a glossary or other suitable methods. We are aiming to satisfy this requirement by the end of 2023.
  • To expand or explain abbreviations the first time it is used/using the <abbr> element of linking to a definition or glossary.
  • To provide pronunciations for vital words immediately following the word or via a link or glossary.
  • To ensure videos do not contain anything that flashes more than three flashes in any one second period.
  • To produce audio of speech with no or very low background noise.

Content that is not within the scope of the accessibility regulations

PDFs and other documents

Many of our older PDF files do not meet accessibility standards. For example, they may not be marked up so they are accessible to a screen reader.

Some of our PDF files are essential to providing our services. For example, we have PDFs with information on how users can use our services.

We have created a register of PDFs which are essential for service delivery and are working through these to convert or create accessible formats. This work will be completed by 2023.

We understand that the regulations do not require us to fix PDFs and other Documents published before 23 September 2018 if they are not essential to providing our services. However, if you need information in an alternative format, contact us by email support@digitaltheatreplus.com.

Any new PDFs or Word Documents we publish will meet accessibility standards.

(http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2018/952/regulation/4/made).

What we are doing to improve accessibility

We keep our Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (“VPAT”) up to date. Download a copy of our VPAT here.

This statement was prepared on 7 April 2021. It was last reviewed on 7 April 2021.

This Website was last tested on 25 March 2021. The test was carried out by the Digital Theatre Technology Team.