Accessibility statement for The Defence Academy of the United Kingdom

The Defence Academy of the United Kingdom is committed to making its website accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

We are committed to ensuring everyone can access our website. This includes people with:

  • impaired vision
  • motor difficulties
  • cognitive impairments or learning disabilities
  • deafness or impaired hearing

as well as users with dial-up, older browsers or newer technologies such as smartphones and tablets.

The site has been designed to meet the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) standards. You can read more about these standards at the W3C website. We have endeavoured to achieve the AA standard of Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0. This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard and we are working towards full compliance.

Non accessible content

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

Non compliance with the accessibility regulations

This site launched in March 2022 and has an in-built accessibility checker that has highlighted some issues, for example, contrast ratio between the text and all covered parts of the background are at least 4.5:1, success criterion 1.4.3 Contrast (Minimum).

Disproportionate burden

Our website has some legacy PDFs that would be a disproportionate burden to fix.

PDFs and other documents

Many of our older PDFs and Word documents don’t meet accessibility standards. For example, they may not be structured so they’re accessible to a screen reader. This doesn’t meet WCAG 2.1 success criterion 4.1.2 (name, role value).  We are working towards making our PDFs and Word documents as accessible as possible.

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

We are working with the third-party supplier to fix issues, audit the site and ensure full compliance.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 24 March 2022. It was last reviewed on 24 March 2022.

This website was last tested on 24 March 2022. The test was carried out by the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom.

We used the in-built accessibility checker to sample pages and report issues to the third-party supplier, to be resolved as soon as possible.

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

We’re always looking to improve the accessibility of this website. If you find any problems that aren’t listed on this page or think we’re not meeting accessibility requirements, contact the Defence Academy Communications team.

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