Accessibility

Accessibility is very important to us and we have designed our website to be fully accessible.

User-friendly design

We have designed our site in an easy and friendly way for users to navigate through. We have our own guidelines which include:

  • Using meaningful ALT text so there is a descriptive alternative for all images.
  • Using descriptive hyperlink text.
  • No use of frames which are difficult for special browsers to display.
  • No use of JavaScript, which doesn’t work with some browsers and screen readers.
  • Using an easy-to-read font type, size and colour.
  • Using an easy-to-see web colour-scheme.

Navigating the Site

To navigate through this site, please use the left hand side bar menu to select the area of advice you are looking for. If you use a screen reader, it will read the menu to you and provide access to the tools on this page.

Tables, Forms and JavaScript

This website has been designed using Cascading Style Sheets (CSS). Accessibility guidelines have been followed to ensure that tables and forms are accessible and the site is fully functional with JavaScript turned off.

Customising Your Computer

AbilityNet and the BBC have developed a number of tutorials which can show you how to customise your computer to give you a better experience when using the web. For example, you can find out how to:

  • change how information is shown on your screen; to get more on, or to see content more clearly
  • change colours and fonts; a good idea if you have a visual impairment and need more contrast
  • adapt the mouse; for example, to slow it down, make the pointer bigger, or if you’re left-handed
  • change a variety of keyboard settings, including the rate at which the cursor blinks

Accessibility References

The W3 accessibility guidelines explain the reasons behind each guideline.