Accessibility Statement

China Plate Theatre website
www.chinaplatetheatre.com

  • Statement last updated 16 October 2020.
  • Website last tested 10 November 2020. The test was carried out by Sixth Story, who maintain and host this website.

Introduction

China Plate seeks to create an inclusive environment in which the creativity of all (whether as artists, audiences, participants or staff members) can flourish.
We recognise that there are barriers to access and that the issue is not the responsibility of marginalised groups or individuals, but created by structures and institutions that have, whether from ignorance or apathy, excluded those groups and individuals.

China Plate endeavours to actively integrate access provision and inclusive practice into our productions and creative environments.

Conformance status

The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) defines requirements for designers and developers to improve accessibility for people with disabilities.
It defines three levels of conformance: Level A, Level AA, and Level AAA.

The China Plate Theatre website has been built towards WCAG 2.1 Level AA standards. We strive to make the website more usable for everyone by:

  • Using colours that provide good contrast
  • Font sizes are appropriate and can be increased
  • Ensuring buttons/navigation can be navigated by keyboard strokes
  • Flexible layout – we have designed our website to be responsive, so that it works equally on computers, phones and tablets
  • Making good use of headings, and white space, to make content easier to read
  • Having the ability to filter by month, location or access provision in our What’s On section.
  • Displaying icons on our What’s On pages, to indicate what access is being provided alongside a show or project
  • Having a dedicated Access page, with a filtered view of accessible shows and events

We know some parts of this website are not fully accessible:

  • Archived shows – most older PDF documents are not fully accessible and not all videos are subtitled
  • Slider buttons – as they are an icon and don’t contain text

How to adjust your computer to make websites easier to see and use

There are some changes you can make to your computer to make any website, including ours, easier to see and use on your computer, mobile phone, or tablet. We have listed some useful resource below to help you do this.

You can also take a look at My Computer My Way – a resource developed by AbilityNet with support from Microsoft and the BBC as a source of accessibility help for all computer users.

This unique resource explains all the accessibility features available in popular desktop computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones, including Windows, Mac OSX, iOS, Android and Windows Phone.

All of these devices have features that enable people to adapt their computer to suit their needs, such as changing the colours and text size or using voice activation. Take a look at My Computer My Way to find out more about what features you could be using.

If you have dyslexia, or difficulty reading content:

You may find that changing the colours on screen, using larger text, or using a different font, will be helpful. The following links describe some ways you can adjust your device:

If you have a vision impairment:

You may find content difficult or impossible to read onscreen.

A free option, which is built into the majority of devices, is the ability to zoom in on content. On a computer, this can be done in your web browser by holding down the control key (ctrl), and then using the mouse wheel to zoom in and zoom out. Keyboard users can do the same by using ctrl and + to zoom in, and ctrl and – to zoom out.

Further reading that may be useful:

Compatibility with browsers and assistive technology

China Plate Theatre’s website is designed to be compatible with assistive technologies, such as Screen Readers; the site is also navigable using tab.

Supported devices / modern browsers, such as:

  • Chrome (PC/Mac/iOS)
  • Firefox (PC/Mac)
  • Safari (Mac/iOS)
  • Microsoft Edge (PC)

Technical specifications

Accessibility of China Plate Theatre relies on the following technologies to work with the particular combination of web browser and any assistive technologies or plugins installed on your computer:

  • HTML
  • WAI-ARIA
  • CSS
  • JavaScript
  • PHP

These technologies are relied upon for conformance with the accessibility standards used.

Future Plans

We will continue to look at ways to improve and apply the relevant accessibility standards, as the design and functions of our website change over time. We recognise that accessibility should be considered at each point of development, ensuring our website continues to conform with the WCAG guidelines, in order to provide the most access for all.

Feedback

We welcome your feedback on the accessibility of the China Plate Theatre website. Please let us know if you encounter any difficulties or problems.

E-mail: info@chinaplatetheatre.com

We try to respond to feedback within 5 working days