Digital declaration on accessibility of the Bundesgesellschaft für Endlagerung mbH

As a public body within the meaning of Directive (EU) 2016/2102, the Bundesgesellschaft für Endlagerung mbH (BGE) endeavours to make its website accessible in accordance with the provisions of the Act on Equal Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities (BGG) and the Federal Ordinance on Barrier-free Information Technology (BITV 2.0) implementing Directive (EU) 2016/2102. This declaration on accessibility applies to the BGE website published at www.bge.de.

 

How accessible is the offer?

The accessibility requirements result from Sections 3, paragraphs 1 to 4, and 4 BITV 2.0, which was issued on the basis of Section 12d BGG.

The verification of compliance with the requirements is based on an examination of the BITV/WCAG test accompanying the development. This was carried out by BIK (accessible information and communication) IT consulting on accessibility on 10 March 2020. This audit was commissioned by Consulting Piezunka & Schamoni Information Technologies GmbH.

This involved an audit of the existing website on the basis of the Federal Ordinance on Barrier-free Information Technology (BITV 2.0) of 21 May 2019. As a result, the BGE.de website was evaluated as “Non-BITV-compliant: test steps and pages (partially fulfilled or worse)” in 16 points. Based on the review, the website is not compatible with the aforementioned requirements. The incompatibilities are listed below.

 

Which areas are not yet accessible?

  • Accessibility barrier: Link texts are not always meaningful (description: link texts of downloads do not always contain all necessary information).
  • Schedule: Remedial action in 2020
  • Accessibility barrier: Graphics and objects without alternative texts (description: if images are not loaded completely, there is no text describing the image, and screen readers may skip it).
  • Schedule: Remedial action in 2020
  • Accessibility barrier: The multimedia application for a repository overview cannot be operated via the keyboard and can be controlled only via the mouse.
  • Schedule: Remedial action in 2021
  • Accessibility barrier: Link texts of documents are sometimes not complete/meaningful (description: For some PDF documents there is currently no indication in the link text that the file is not accessible and no indication of the size of the document).
  • Schedule: Remedial action in 2020
  • Accessibility barrier: The accordion module in which linked files are displayed only by clicking on the plus sign cannot be operated/opened via the keyboard.
  • Schedule: The complete revision of this module is planned for the relaunch planned for 2021
  • Accessibility barrier: Videos – the video player cannot be operated with the keyboard. Operation via screen reader and keyboard is possible.
  • Schedule: Remedial action in 2021
  • Accessibility barrier: The contents under the menu item “Archive” are archived websites and not always completely accessible.
  • Declaration: Content archived before 23 September 2019 and no longer required for active administrative procedures is excluded from the scope of application of the Ordinance on the Creation of Barrier-free Information Technology in accordance with the Federal Ordinance on Barrier-free Information Technology (BITV 2.0).
  • Legal basis: Section 2, paragraph 2 No. 2 BITV 2.0
  • Accessibility barrier: PDF documents – most published PDF documents are currently not accessible.
  • Schedule: The BGE is making every effort to provide the corresponding PDF documents in an accessible format in accordance with the PDF/UA standard (DIN ISO 14289) by 2021.

We have the following alternatives for making the content partially accessible:

  • A video in sign language presenting the organisation of the BGE
  • A video in sign language explaining the navigation of the website www.bge.de
  • A presentation of the BGE in simple language under the menu item “Simple language”
  • An explanation of how to navigate the website www.bge.de in simple language under the menu item “Simple language”

Date of creation or last update of the declaration

This declaration was prepared on 17 September 2020 and last updated on 17 September 2020.

Report accessibility barriers: Your contact to BGE

As a public body, the Bundesgesellschaft für Endlagerung mbH (BGE) endeavours to make its online offer www.bge.de completely accessible. In order for us to succeed, we need your assistance.

If you notice an accessibility barrier on www.bge.de that we have not yet listed in our accessibility statement, please report it to us at internet(at)bge.de (this will create an E-Mail). At this address, you can also request information on the implementation of accessibility.  You can also reach us at the telephone number +49 5171 43 0.

This email address represents the opportunity to contact the BGE electronically – or via the feedback mechanism – which is to be provided in accordance with Section 12 b, paragraph 2, number 2 Act on Equal Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities (BGG).

Dispute settlement procedure

The Federal Government Commissioner for the Interests of Persons with Disabilities has an arbitration board in accordance with 16 BGG. The arbitration board has the task of resolving conflicts between people with disabilities and federal public bodies.

If no satisfactory solution has been found even after your feedback to the aforementioned contact, you can turn to the arbitration board according to Section 16 BGG. The BGG arbitration board has the task of supporting out-of-court dispute resolution in conflicts on the topic of accessibility between people with disabilities and federal public bodies. The dispute settlement is free of charge. There is no need to call in legal counsel.

Further information on the dispute settlement and the options for submitting a request can be found at: www.schlichtungsstelle-bgg.de (opens external link).

You can contact the BGG arbitration board directly at info(at)schlichtungsstelle-bgg.de