BreastCheck's commitment to accessibility

Under the BreastCheck Women's Charter the programme has made a clear commitment to provide equal access for all eligible women, including those with special needs. In line with this commitment the following measures have been put in place.

Accessibility of this website

BreastCheck is committed to providing information and services that are fully accessible to all. This site is designed is accordance with the W3C WAI Web Content Accessibility Guidelines and is compliant with Level 2AA standard.

This website is compatible with screen readers and text equivalents are provided for non text elements. You can modify the size of the text using the controls at the top of each page. The three size options are: normal, large and largest.

A printer friendly version of the site is available through the top or banner navigation; this will remove all web based formatting and print the pages in a logical A4 format optimised for print.

Images are only used when necessary and the ALT attribute is used on all images. The use of coloured text or images is not the only way in which that information is conveyed so people who have difficulty identifying colour will still be able to access the web site.

Accessibility Officer

BreastCheck facilitates access to, and provides information about its services to women with special needs. When appropriate, the access officer can facilitate access to mammography screening services. The access officer can advise organisations that provide services and facilities for women with disabilities, on the need for breast screening. Additional help for people with disabilities can be arranged by phoning (021) 4649746 / (01) 8659351 or by sending an email to access@breastcheck.ie.

Accessible information:

  • All efforts are made to ensure that simple, sensitive and easy to understand language is used in materials and on websites. This is done to address barriers to screening which include fear, literacy difficulties, language barriers and embarrassment. This was acknowledged in the Best Health Promotion Project category of Crystal Clear Health Literacy Awards 2010.
  • The BreastCheck registration form requests that a woman advises BreastCheck of any additional needs to be considered during her screening appointment to ensure that she is accommodated and longer screening appointments are provided. These are sometime needed if a woman has mobility issues, is deaf, blind or has an intellectual disability.
  • The letter of appointment also reiterates that any additional needs or special requests be notified to BreastCheck.
  • An illustrated ‘Guide to breast screening’ has been developed for women with an intellectual disability. The guide, approved by NALA and the National Council for the Blind, can also be accessed through the BreastCheck website www.breastcheck.ie. Radiographers in all screening units hold a copy. We would encourage residential homes to print out the guide from the website to prepare their clients before attending for their mammogram.
  • The BreastCheck pictorial leaflet can be accessed on the BreastCheck website www.breastcheck.ie or it can ordered from healthbrochures.ie
  • All BreastCheck information leaflets are approved by the National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA).
  • Certain letters and information leaflets are available in Braille. Further information items can be made available on request.
  • Further information is available regarding the BreastCheck screening service on request, including a video tape and a DVD.
  • A loop system for deaf people is available in all static BreastCheck units.
  • With notice, a sign language interpreter can be made available on request at our screening units.
  • A language aid for radiographers is available to help radiographers to accurately identify women attending for screening and to explain the mammography examination in the most common languages encountered in line with population census data. The aid is available in Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin) Dutch, Filipino, French, German, Hindu, Latvian, Irish, Lithuanian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian and Spanish. The language guide can also be accessed on the BreastCheck website www.breastcheck.ie
  • The BreastCheck consent form is translated into all of the above languages and is available in all BreastCheck static and mobile units upon request.

For further information regarding these aids please contact (021) 4649746 / (01) 8659351 or by sending an email to access@breastcheck.ie

Accessible buildings

  • All BreastCheck screening units are accessible to people with disabilities and are wheelchair accessible for most types of wheelchair. Women are asked to contact local BreastCheck units in advance to check if their wheelchair is accessible and to discuss mobility requirements to have a mammogram.

Access to a mammogram

  • A woman can choose to have a chaperone accompany her for her mammogram.
  • A woman can choose to defer her mammogram to a more suitable time.
  • The provision of group appointments is supported for women who wish to attend as a group.
  • With notice, language interpreters can be made available on request.
  • With notice, sign language interpreters can be provided on request.

Health education and screening promotion

  • Screening promotion staff are available regionally to liaise directly with organisations and groups who may have specific screening requirements.
  • Screening Promotion staff are available to deliver training to residential homes to support their clients to access the BreastCheck service. For more information please contact (021) 4649746 / (01) 8659351 or email to access@breastcheck.ie.
  • Screening promotion staff work with health professionals to support individuals with specific requirements who wish to attend for screening.
  • BreastCheck staff have received a variety of training to support clients to access the BreastCheck service.

Access Team

A team has been formed to review accessibility of the BreastCheck service. In addition the access team will:

  • Support the role of the BreastCheck Access Officer
  • Encourage compliance with the Disability Act 2005
  • Develop an annual action plan to progress accessibility requirements across BreastCheck

Registration options

A woman can register with BreastCheck by one of the following:

  • Freepost registration form.
  • Through the BreastCheck website www.breastcheck.ie with her Personal Public Service Number (PPS No).

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