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Accessibility Statement

Our commitment and approach to maintaining an accessible website

The Legal Aid Board is committed to maintaining an accessible website. Our commitment to this is stated in our Customer Charter.
The Legal Aid Board is committed to ensuring that this website achieves "Double-A" conformance with the

World Wide Web Consortium's (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 1.0. This means that every page will comply with all checkpoints in the top 2 priorities of WCAG 1.0, to comply with the National Disability Authority's Code of Practice on Accessibility of Public Services and Information Provided by Public Bodies. The National Disability Authority's Centre for Excellence in Universal Design has an introduction to policy and legislation relevant to Universal Design in Ireland.


The Legal Aid Board is committed to ensuring that any new additions to the website will achieve "Level AA" conformance to the World Wide Web Consortium's (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0


The Legal Aid Board is committed to ensuring that accessibility will feature in any future procurement requests for 3rd-party systems or upgrades to existing systems.


Statement of the website's conformance with official accessibility guidelines

The most recent web accessibility audit for this website took place on 13 February 2009. The audit found that the overall accessibility rating of the Legal Aid Board’s website was Average.


Read the Accessibility Audit Summary

Areas for improvement and time-lines

We are aware of some areas on the website where accessibility can be improved. We are currently working to achieve this and hope to have the 10 most viewed pages of our website acheiving "Double-A" conformance with the World Wide Web Consortium's (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 1.0 by September 2009. We hope that the remaining areas for improvement will be improved by the dates given in the table below:


Areas for improvement, time-lines for improvement, and alternatives
Section of website
Need for improvement
Time-line for improvement
Alternative access
Whole website
Provide a text equivalent for every non-text element.
We hope to have provided alternative text for every non-text element by October 2009.
If you note any non-text elements missing alternative text please contact our Access Officer . Please provide us with the full URL of the problem page.
Whole website
Any tables on the website should have a summary attribute defined.Layout and Data tables should be marked up accordingly.
We aim to ensure all tables have summary attributes and that layout and data tables are marked up accordingly by October 2009.
If you would like an alternative format of any tables on our website please forward the details to our Access Officer.
Refugee
Legal Service and Refugee Documentation Centre sections
Changes in language should be specified in the code.
Any changes in language will be specified in the code by 2010.
If you note any changes in language not specified in the code please contact our Access Officer. Please provide us with the full URL of the problem page.
Whole website
Some content is only available as non-html content As of August 2008 there were 100 Word documents and 115 PDF documents.
We are continually working to provide content in HTML format As of May 2009 we have reduced the numbers to 30 Word and 40 PDF documents on the website.
If you need a particular document in an alternative format please contact our Access Officer with the full URL of the document needed.
Home Page
Colour combinations should have good contrast.
We have addressed all colour contrast issues listed in the accessibility audit of February 2009.
If you note any examples of poor colour contrast please contact our Access Officer. Please provide us with the full URL of the problem page.
Whole website
Lists, headings, paragraphs, quotes, acronyms and other items will be properly marked up.We aim to address mark-up issues on the 10 most visted pages by September 2009. New pages will be marked up at publication and existing pages will be marked up as part of an ongoing project.If you note any errors in the pages marked up on the website please contact our Access Officer. Please provide us with the full URL of the problem page.
Whole websiteThe target of links should be clearly identiifed.We are working to replace links that are poorly titled, have duplicate titles, use URL's and tha have English link text but foreign language target content. We aim to have all links reviewed by 2010.
If you note any examples of poorly titled links please contact our Access Officer. Please provide us with the full URL of the problem page.

Known Exceptions

The remaining issues below cannot be addressed due to the limitations of the website's content management system:


The site name in the page title cannot be translated for Irish.

Pagination links on the search results do not have a link title.

Pagination links on the search results contain unescaped ampersands.

The search results page's BODY attributes are not in quotes.

The sitemap BODY attributes are not in quotes.

The navigator cannot structure indented entries as nested lists.

Some formatting on the website is automatically generated and these may use fixed units rather than relative units.


How to send feedback on this website's accessibility

We welcome feedback on the accessibility of this website.

Contact our Access Officer

Accessibility features of this website

Resizeable text:You can change the font size on this website using your browser. Skip Navigation:The Skip Navigation link at the top of each page allows users using screenreaders or keyboards to skip straight to the content of each webpage.


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