​Accessibility statement for Exe Estuary Management Partnership website

This website is run by the Exe Estuary Management Partnership. 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 using browser settings 
  • Zoom in up to 300% without the text spilling off the screen using browser settings 
  • 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 

 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 accessible is this website? 

 This website has been developed to be as accessible as possible. However, we know some parts of this website aren’t fully accessible, including: 

  • Some older PDF documents aren’t fully accessible 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, please contact us using the details at the end of this statement. 

We’ll consider your request and get back to you 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 the requirements of the accessibility regulations, contact us using the details at the end of this statement.

Enforcement procedure 

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is responsible for enforcing 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 

The Exe Estuary Management Partnership is committed to making its website accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018. 

 This website is compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard.

Nonaccessible content 

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

  • A few PDF documents aren’t fully accessible to screen reader software. Most are primarily historic study or research papers, or older documents relating to the work of the partnership. They are not critical to delivering the service.

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations

A few PDF documents published since September 2018 aren’t fully accessible to screen reader software.  Any new PDFs or other documents we publish will meet accessibility standards.

  • The Exe Estuary Partnership structure document is not accessible in its current form, however, the information contained in this is also available as accessible content within the Partner pages on the site.
  • The Delivery Plan 2019-20 document is not accessible in its current form, however, this is due to be updated in March 2020, and this updated version will be published in an accessible format.

Disproportionate burden

Not relevant.

Content that’s not within the scope of the accessibility regulations

There are a number of study and research papers, also an archive of documents relating to the work of the partnership published on the site that do not meet accessibility standards – for example, they may not be structured so they’re accessible to a screen reader. These were all produced prior to the introduction of these regulations, and are not essential to the service provided, so we don’t plan to fix these.

Any new partnership documents, study or research papers published will be in an accessible format.

PDFs and other documents

Many of our older PDFs and Word documents do not meet accessibility standards – for example, they may not be structured so they’re accessible to a screen reader. 

The accessibility regulations do not require us to fix PDFs or other documents published before 23 September 2018 if they’re not essential to providing our services. For example, we don’t plan to fix the State of the Exe Estuary 2014 documents. These and other study and research PDFs on this website were designed as print-ready leaflets/brochures. We’ve assessed them and believe that they do not provide essential information about the service.

Any new PDFs or Word documents, including new studies and research findings we publish, will meet accessibility standards. 

External links

This website may link to third-party, external websites or services that are not fully accessible.  

How we tested this website 

We tested this website in the following ways: 

  • using the NVDA screen reader (last tested January 2020)
  • WCAG 2.1 compliance using a third-party automated service (last tested January 2020). 
  • regular testing using a suite of browser-based accessibility reporting tools 
  • Colour contrast checkers are used during the design phase and re-tested once launched 

We tested our main website platform, available at www.exe-estuary.org

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

We will be reviewing this site on a regular basis and updating this statement accordingly.

Contacting us

For any enquiries about the accessibility of this website, you can contact us using the details below: 

  • Email: digitalcomms@devon.gov.uk
  • Call: 0345 155 1015 and ask for the ‘Digital Communications Team’ 
  • By post at Digital Communications Team (G59), County Hall, Topsham Road, Exeter, Devon EX2 4QD 
  • British Sign Language users can contact us using an online interpreter who will relay your conversation with an appropriate member of Devon County Council staff, and then sign back to you their response to your questions. 

 This statement was prepared on 15 January 2020. It was last updated on 31 January 2020.