Accessibility

Our aim is to make our website as accessible as possible to the widest range of people. This means considering the specific needs of not only those with visual or motor impairments, learning difficulties and other forms of disability, but also different browser technology and Internet connection speeds.

To this end, we have endeavoured to comply with the most widely accepted guidelines for the construction of accessible web sites specified by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).

Their Website Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) define three levels of accessibility, each progressively more demanding. The most basic level of accessibility is Priority 1 (level A compliance) followed by Priority 2 and 3 (levels AA and AAA).

This site complies with all Priority 1 and 2 checkpoints and where possible Priority 3. We are aware however, that a number of the checkpoints are subjective and there may be instances where interpretation may vary.

Web Standards

This website has been designed to industry standards, using cascading stylesheets (CSS) and validate as per the HTML5 specification. You can find more information about HTML5 on the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) website.

Where possible WAI-ARIA roles have been used to help assistive technologies in interpreting the content of this website.

Listen to this website with BrowseAloud

Whether you are using a Smartphone, Tablet, PC or Mac, BrowseAloud will provide the speech and reading support tools you require for free.

What is BrowseAloud?

BrowseAloud reads website content out loud using the most natural and engaging voice to transform your online reading experience. New features include: Translator, Simplifier, Screen Masking for Touch Screens and the ability to personalise the settings to suit individual needs and preferences.

Other features include:
•Dual-Colour Highlighting
•Text Magnification
•Translator
•MP3 Maker
•Screen Masking
•Pronunciation Modifier
•Secure Site Reading
•PDF Reading
•International Languages

More than 7,000 websites use BrowseAloud, so once you have it on your device you can listen to all of these websites too.

Who does BrowseAloud help?

BrowseAloud helps website visitors who require online reading support and those who simply prefer to listen to information instead of reading it. Those with print disabilities, such as dyslexia or mild visual impairments, and those with English as a second language find BrowseAloud particularly useful.

How do I get BrowseAloud?

Click on the BrowseAloud icon that appears either in the floating panel on the right hand side of this website or in the panel in the footer of the website to launch the BrowseAloud toolbar. Then simply click any text to hear it read aloud.

Changing Text Size

You can use the A+ or A- buttons in the floating panel on the right hand side of this website or in the footer of the website to change the size of text.

Or, you can use your browser settings to change the text size or zoom for our website. You may already be familiar with how to achieve this but as each browser is slightly different we have listed some below:-

Google Chrome: Select ‘Tools’ then ‘Zoom’ or zoom in or out using (ctrl and +) or (ctrl and -).
Internet Explorer 6: Select the ‘View’ menu, and select one of the options under ‘Text Size’.
Internet Explorer 7+: Select the ‘View’ menu, then one of the options under ‘Text Size’ or alternatively zoom in or out using (ctrl + +) or (ctrl + -).
Mozilla Firefox: Select the ‘View’ menu, then ‘Text Size’, then select Increase, Decrease or Normal or alternatively zoom in or out using (ctrl + +) or (ctrl + -).
Netscape: Select the ‘View’ menu, then one of the ‘Text Zoom’ options.
Opera: Select the ‘View’ menu, then one of the ‘Zoom’ percentage options or alternatively using (+) or (-).
Safari: Select the ‘View’ menu, then ‘make text bigger’ (ctrl + +) or ‘make text smaller’ (ctrl + -).

If you use a browser which is not mentioned please consult its help contents and look for similar options.

Searching the website

You can search this site for information using the search box located in the top right of every page. This will allow you to search by keyword and return all relevant pages and articles.

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