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Accessibility

We have designed this website taking into consideration accessibility issues and we hope that everybody can use the site without difficulty. We have conformed to the latest W3C standards as closely as possible.

We have compiled some information on how to access our website in different ways, if after trying the suggestions below you are still unable to access the information that you require, please contact us and we will endeavour to get the information to you in an accessible format. To contact us, click here.

There are many things you can try out to make the site (and the internet in general) more accessible and easier to use, we have listed some of these below, we have also added some more information and links for you to try to make the website more accessible to you.  We have provided instructions and advice for a variety of operating systems.

If you are using Internet Explorer or the Firefox web browser, you can click the ‘view’ menu and then hover down to zoom. You will find a Zoom in and Zoom out option. this allows you to change the size of the elements on the website. You can also press down the Ctrl and + (plus sign button) to make larger the whole web page. Some other browsers may also have this feature.

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PDF Conversion and Adobe Acrobat

Information on this website can be provided in PDF format, please contact us here if you want us to provide this information for you.  Alternatively you can convert web pages to PDF yourself  by clicking here.  This service will return the document to you as a web page (HTML) or as plain text. Alternatively, you can choose to get it emailed to you as an attachment.  For more information about this click here.

To view and print PDF files, you must have Adobe® Acrobat® Reader installed: click here to download the software.

For more information on using the Adobe accessibility options click here.

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BBC My Web My Way

The BBC My Web My Way website has a lot of detailed information about improving accessibility for the three main computer operating systems:

  • Windows
  • Mac
  • Linux

These pages includes information on:

  • making text larger
  • magnifying the screen
  • making your mouse pointer larger or easier to see
  • changing colours in your web browser
  • changing colours on screen
  • making your computer talk

You can access this information by clicking here.

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Ability Net

Ability Net is a national charity helping disabled adults and children use computers and the internet by adapting and adjusting their technology. They specialise in ensuring that whatever your age, health condition, disability or situation you find exactly the right way to adapt or adjust your information technology (IT) to make it easier to use. In their web pages you will find a lot of additional information and factsheets on making your IT more accessible for you. To go to their website, click here.

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Browsealoud

Browsealoud is a free downloadable tool that speech-enables website content. It offers a practical website access service to people with reading difficulties and those who find it easier to listen to, rather than read, the content of our website. It can help in the navigation of our website for the following sections of the population:

  • those with low literacy and reading skills
  • those where English is not the first language
  • dyslexic people
  • those with mild visual impairment

For more information and to download the speech tool click here.

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British Computer Association for the Blind

The British Computer Association for the Blind has information on:

  • screen magnification software
  • screen magnification with speech software
  • low vision hardware

For more information click here.

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Royal National Institute for the Blind

The RNIB website contains additional information on how to make your computer easier to use if you have low visibility or no visibility

You can access their IT and Accessibility pages by clicking here.

They also have some general information about using your computer and making it more accessible which you can access by clicking here.

Contact Us

In the event that you are unable to read any of the pages or documents on this website, please contact us and we will endeavour to get an accessible version of the information to you. To contact us click here.

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