We involve disabled users
We have a User Advisory Board and User Testing Groups for all our products. We purposely recruit people into these groups that we feel need support in terms of accessibility, or where a disability may potentially disadvantage them from using our software if it wasn’t designed with them in mind.
We involve accessibility experts
To ensure the best experience for disabled users, we involve experts in accessibility design and testing. We have received advice from London Vision, the Pockington Trust, and the Royal National Institute for the Blind so far. We are looking to build relationships with other accessibility specialist organisations to be as inclusive as possible and be on trend with the latest tools.
Complying with regulations is important to us
Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) are taken into account in all of the Induction Healthcare apps’ design and UX process; where supported by the operating system, and where otherwise applicable, for example supporting enlarged or dyslexic font types. Our web applications are built according to the guidance set out by the World Wide Web Consortium in the Web Accessibility Initiative – Accessible Rich Internet Applications (WAI-ARIA). We will soon be running WCAG 2.1 AA compliance testing on all new features.
We test using a range of methods and tech
Our Quality Assurance and release processes require all new features to be tested for accessibility, using a range of methods: browser plugins, automated tools, and heuristics.
Web accessibility is a well-served area with many tools available for testing, including plugins and extensions that can be used when testing with an internet browser.
Some of our automated regression test suites run accessibility checks to complement the suite so that each page the tests run through also check for compliance with WCAG.
In addition to the testing tools used, we apply established testing heuristics to replicate being a disabled user using assistive tools, such as screen readers. We do so internally but also have external consultants that can support our testing needs.
Accessible Product Case Study: Patient Portal
The accessibility of our Patient Portal has been a focus area of product development and user experience in 2020, culminating in an award of WCAG 2.1 AA compliance status by the accessibility experts at the Royal National Institute for the Blind. We achieved this through approaching the following areas:
Web accessibility now has a lot of assistive technology available and compatible. The Patient Portal is designed using method web standards such as HTML 5 and supports, for example, voice input and navigation only using a keyboard.
All the written content throughout the Portal is provided at a readability level expected of a primary school child. All new content added will be assessed as part of our Quality Assurance process: only sentences with a Flesch-Kincaid readability score less than 8 (equivalent to UK Year 7/US Grade 8) will be acceptable. The only exception to this is legal text, but the aim there is to also use plain English where possible.
Sight loss and blindness
Particular attention has been given to sight-related needs as the Patient Portal is mainly driven by written content and so has the potential to discriminate in favour of visual users.
• Colour palette: simplified to only contain a limited set of colours for consistency and better visibility
• Colour contrast: complies with WCAG 2.1. AA in all cases, and sometimes with AAA
• Screen readers: fully work, including VoiceOver, TalkBack for mobile devices, and NVDA and Jaws for desktop
• Braille printers: can be used if compatible with the above screen readers
The Patient Portal does not currently have any audio-only content which could disadvantage someone with hearing difficulty. If we provide any future content, such as video calling, we will apply the same high standards of accessibility and usability as the rest of the Portal has.
Accessibility Statement for this website
How you can use this website
The Induction Healthcare Group website is designed so that users of it should be able to:
- Change the colours, contrast levels, and fonts
- Zoom in up to 200% with text staying visible on the screen,
- Where presented, zoom in up to 200% for all image scaling without loss of resolution
- Navigate the whole site using a keyboard, with skip to content links available when first tabbing on a page
- Navigate most of the website using speech recognition software (please see list below in section third party tools used for testing)
- Read most of the website using screen readers (please see list below in section third party tools used for testing)
- Read most of the website on devices without a screen, like a braille computer
How accessible this website is
This website is mostly accessible and complies with WCAG 2.1 AA, with some exceptions:
- we use some third party tools as part of this site and cannot control their accessibility:
- stockio.com stock market graphs
- pipedrive.com contact forms
- social media plugins on posts
- YouTube.com video plugin
- WordPress PDF plugin
- videos do not currently have captions
- PDF files created before 2021 do not have bookmarks or alt text on images
- not all pages have headings in ascending order
We are continually working on improvements and these issues will be addressed as soon as we can.
What to do if you cannot access parts of this website
If you have problems accessing information on this website, please contact us.
How we tested this website
We go through a thorough programme of testing. Every new website feature is tested itself and in relation to other features. We undertake tests to check known accessibility issues and test new features, e.g. keyboard only navigation.
We have tested the website using the following tools:
- Wave browser plugin
- aXe browser plugin
- Accessibility Insight plugin
- ANDI browser plugin
These tests are done according to a regular cycle, carried out for each release. We run accessibility tests with each new release to identify any new problems.
Our test strategy helps us find issues quickly, report to our development team and fix efficiently. To keep track of issues, every item we find is logged in our internal systems so that we can monitor accessibility issues. We then aim to take action to fix any high priority items and make them available in each new release.
Certification and conformance
This programme of testing and continuous improvement has enabled the website to be certified. This means that the website handles the biggest and most common barriers for disabled users.This website complies with Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.1) to ‘AA’ standard.
What we are doing to improve accessibility
We are always looking to improve accessibility. As we make improvements, we will update this statement.
Regular accessibility review
We plan to undertake an accessibility review each year and update the content of this accessibility statement. The last review was in March 2021.
We welcome your feedback on the accessibility of the Induction Healthcare Group website.
Please let us know if you have any feedback by contacting us.