Channel 4 is proud to be the Official Broadcaster of the Sochi 2014 Winter Paralympics Games and in light of the reaffirmation of Channel 4’s public service role set out in the Digital Economy Act 2010, Channel 4 takes its commitment to online accessibility very seriously.
Our policy is to ensure this website meets recognised international standards for accessibility to ensure it is accessible to all. We are fully committed to ensuring this website meets the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (Link opens in a new window) (WCAG 2.0) to AA standard to ensure people with disabilities are not excluded from accessing information and services. To this end, we work closely with the Digital Accessibility Centre (Link opens in a new window) to ensure the accessibility of all Channel 4 websites, including detailed testing by disabled people using a range of assistive devices such as screen readers. Whilst Channel 4 strive to adhere to the accepted guidelines and standards for accessibility and usability, it is not always possible to do so in all areas of the website.
We will offer an alternative commentary version of the opening ceremony with audio description
Our live video coverage will be accompanied by live text commentary in most cases
We will provide subtitles on most of our on-demand video clips, however, this will not be available for all sports clips
As an innovative company working in broadcasting we are always looking at new ways to enhance and develop our websites. As part of this we will ensure we think about the accessibility of any new technology we use. There may be some instances where we display video players, advertisements and third party applications that are out of our control and therefore Channel 4 cannot guarantee accessibility of these. Where possible we work with our partners to rectify these issues with the aim of enhancing the experience of all our users.
Accessibility User Testing:
Such is our commitment to accessibility, we asked the Digital Accessibility Centre to audit this site for accessibility, this included testing features of the site by individuals with disabilities. The audit was carried out in January 2014, and the site is constantly being improved in order to reach an acceptable level of accessibility.
The following assistive technologies have found to be compatible with the site except for areas noted to have accessibility challenges.
• JAWS version 13.0 Screen Reader
• Dragon Naturally Speaking 11.5
• ZoomText 9.1 Screen Magnifier