Accessibility Statement

Donegal Education and Training Board (ETB) is committed to making its website accessible, in accordance with European Union (Accessibility of Websites and Mobile Applications of Public Sector Bodies) Regulations 2020.

This accessibility statement applies to content published on www.donegaletb.ie. 

Compliance Status

This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1 level AA , due to the non-accessible content listed below.

Non-accessible content

Should you wish to contact us regarding accessibility please see the feedback and contact information section below. We will do our best to ensure that any content you are requesting is made available and accessible.

We are working to improve the accessibility compliance of our websites and will endeavour to apply all accessibility standards to content being published to our website going forward.

Parts of Donegal ETB’s website are not fully accessible. For example:

  • PDFs: some documents in PDF format are not fully accessible and may in some instances lack a correct tab order or headings.
  • PDFs: some contents in the annexes of research reports, such as paper-based surveys or questionnaires produced a part of the research may not be fully accessible.
  • PDFs: some documents may have invalid language attributes, contain invalid or missing table structures.   
  • Embedded content: a small number of pages include content embedded from third party sources, i.e. YouTube Videos, Twitter Feeds and Google Drive Content. This content may lack proper colour contrast, lang attributes, discernible text for all links and correct ARIA and title attributes.  
  • Search box: the search box lacks a unique id attribute value.
  • Course Finder: the content that populates the course pages is loaded dynamically via a json feed from Fetchourses.ie. While we are undertaking steps to ensure this content is displayed in a fully accessible manner, some items displayed at present may not adhere to accessibility standards.  
  • Colour contrast: a small amount of pages may contain items with a lack proper colour contrast, all of which are currently being updated.

This is not an exhaustive list of non-accessible content and we will strive to work through these and other issues to address them.

Donegal ETB is undertaking two work items to improve the accessibility of its website:

  • Staff are reviewing and improving the accessibility of all PDFs on an ongoing basis. Accessible versions of some essential PDFs provided by third parties are currently being sought. 
  • In conjunction with our web developer Donegal ETB is undertaking continuous development of its website to improve functionality and methods of compliance with accessibility guidelines. 

Exempted content

Content published prior to 23 September 2018 is exempt under the EU Web Accessibility Directive. Donegal ETB advises that the estimated cost and effort required to make some PDFs prior to September 2018 compliant with WCAG2.1/EN 301 549 is not currently feasible to undertake. However, Donegal ETB is committed to ensuring all our content is as accessible as possible. Please contact Donegal ETB if there is any inaccessible content that was published to our site prior to September 2018 that you wish to receive in accessible format and we will endeavour to assist you.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 05 April 2022.

In preparation for this statement an evaluation of the website’s compliance with the requirements of Directive (EU) 2016/2102 was carried out by way of an automated auditing tool (axe Monitor from Deque: https://www.deque.com/axe/monitor/) by the National Disability Authority in April 2022 against WCAG 2.1 to highlight accessibility issues through a Simplified Review of the website. 

 Other tools used by Donegal ETB staff and its web developer to assist with improving the website’s compliance included the Microsoft Accessibility Checker, Accessibility Check (Acrobat DC) and Chrome developer tools and axe Dev Tools. 

The statement was last reviewed on 29 June 2022.

This review identified a number of issues that staff are currently working on to fix – see earlier section on Non-Accessible Content.

Feedback and contact information

Donegal ETB is committed to ensuring digital accessibility for persons with disabilities. We welcome feedback on the accessibility of this website. If you have a comment or complaint about the accessibility of this website, please email us at web.accessibility@donegaletb.ie.

If you wish to request particular content in an accessible format please include the following details:

  • Your required format.
  • The content you wish to receive (please include the url of the content).
  • Your name and email address.

We will make all reasonable efforts to fulfil your request.

Information on Access

Queries and complaints about accessibility are dealt with by a staff member with responsibility for access issues. Enquiries should be directed to access.officer@donegaletb.ie.

If you are not happy about our response to your complaint, you can ask the Ombudsman to look into your complaint. Here is contact information and guidance on making a complaint from the Office of the Ombudsman or call them at 01 639 5600.