Queen Square Archives website accessibility statement

Using this website

Website and database design is by Codev on behalf of Queen Square Library, UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology. 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
  • zoom in up to 300% without the text spilling off the screen
  • 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 (including the most recent versions of JAWS, NVDA and VoiceOver)

We’ve also made the website text as simple as possible to understand.

How accessible this website is

We know some documents on this website aren’t fully accessible, e.g. forms published as Word documents. By September 2020, we plan to either fix these or replace them with accessible HTML pages.

The accessibility regulations don’t 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 old exhibition handouts

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

The accessibility regulations don’t require us to make reproductions of items in heritage collections accessible

However, they do require us to make our search and browse functions accessible. We have worked with Codev to test our website and make these functions accessible. Please see “how we tested the website” below for further details.

What to do if you can’t access parts of this website

If you need information on this website in a different format please contact:

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 in this statement or think we’re not meeting the requirements of the accessibility regulations, contact: neuroarchives@ucl.ac.uk or 020 3448 4709

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

Queen Square Archives is committed to making its website accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

We assessed the website’s compliance with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard and have fixed any issues which are covered by the accessibility regulations, and are not a disproportionate burden.

How we tested the website

Our web developer CODEV have tested our main website platform, available at Queen Square Archives including sampling of pages, and searching functionality, using the website with the WAVE accessibility tool. CODEV made the following changes

  • Changed to a dyslexia friendly font and made the minimum text size 16px everywhere
  • Added a document language to tell screenreaders content is in English
  • Improved the contrast between the background and the text everywhere it fell below minimum legibility standards
  • Search form improved to be usable with a screenreader including separating out dates and ensuring all fields are labelled
  • Minimum width removed to allow zooming pages to 300%
  • New footer that can scale to 300%
  • New header that collapses to the top level links on smaller screens or at higher zoom levels
  • Removed drop down menus and ensured these links were added within webpages instead

This statement was first prepared in July 2019. Updated July 2020.