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Accessibility

Introduction

We are committed to a website that is accessible to all our users.

We review the site regularly and amend pages that may cause problems for people with disabilities.

We aim to meet or exceed the provisions of the W3C/WAI Level 'AA' checklist.

Plain English

All of our content is checked for plain English, and we aim to use a written style which is straightforward and understandable.

Our website is approved by the Plain English campaign.

Text size

If you find the text size on this website too small or too large, you can change the size of the text via your Internet browser.

Internet Explorer 8

In your toolbar select "View" followed by "Text size" and change to your preference. Internet Explorer 8 also allows you to zoom the page as a whole. Select "View" followed by "Zoom" and adjust to your preference, or use the keys "CTRL" and + or - at the same time. "CTRL" and "0" (zero) will reset the zoom.

Internet Explorer 7

In your toolbar select "Page" followed by "Text size" and change to your preference. Internet Explorer 7 also allows you to zoom the page as a whole. Select "Page" followed by "Zoom" and adjust to your preference, or use the keys "CTRL" and + or - at the same time. "CTRL" and "0" (zero) will reset the zoom.

Internet Explorer 6

In your toolbar select "View" followed by "Text size" and change to your preference.

Firefox

In your toolbar select "View" followed by "Text size" and change to your preference or press the keys "CTRL" and + or - at the same time. "CTRL" and "0" (zero) will reset the text size.

For more information about screen magnification, please see the following information, supplied by the Royal National Institute of the Blind (RNIB): Web Browser Accessibility.

Further information

Other Accessibility Options

My Computer, My Way! - a guide to making your PC accessible
www.abilitynet.org.uk/myway/

Action for blind people - great resources on access technology
www.actionforblindpeople.org.uk/

Assistive Technology

People who have visual impairments may be interested in the following assistive technology:

  • screen enlargers (or screen magnifiers) work like a magnifying glass. They enlarge a portion of the screen as the user moves the focus—increasing legibility for some users. Some screen enlargers allow a user to zoom in and out on a particular area of the screen.
  • screen readers are software programs that present graphics and text as speech. A screen reader is used to verbalize, or "speak," everything on the screen including names and descriptions of control buttons, menus, text, and punctuation.
  • speech recognition systems, also called voice recognition programs, allow people to give commands and enter data using their voices rather than a mouse or keyboard.
  • speech synthesizers (often referred to as text-to-speech (TTS) systems) receive information going to the screen in the form of letters, numbers, and punctuation marks, and then "speak" it out loud. Using speech synthesizers allows blind users to review their input as they type.
  • refreshable Braille displays provide tactile output of information represented on the computer screen. The user reads the Braille letters with his or her fingers, and then, after a line is read, refreshes the display to read the next line.
  • braille embossers transfer computer generated text into embossed Braille output. Braille translation programs convert text scanned in or generated
  • talking word processors are software programs that use speech synthesizers to provide auditory feedback of what is typed.
    Large-print word processors allow the user to view everything in large text without added screen enlargement.

To find out more about these technologies and further information, please visit the website of the Royal National Institute of the Blind: www.rnib.org.uk