We are committed to providing a website that is easy to use and accessible. We actively work to ensure that this website is practical, helpful and accessible.
We have made every effort to ensure this website is easily readable using 'plain English'. In addition, we have ensured that the design of this website is not an obstacle to its usability and readability.
This website is fitted with Browsealoud: support software that adds speech, reading, and translation tools to facilitate access and participation for people with Dyslexia, Low Literacy, English as a Second Language, and those with mild visual impairments.
To activate Browsealoud, click on the orange logo in the top-right corner of the page.
Option 1: Clicking this will enable 'hover to speak' mode. Click onto the text you wish Browsealoud to read and it will be spoken out loud through your computer.
Option 2: Play / Stop. This will play and stop the speech from being read.
Option 3: Translate page. Click on this link to translate the website into your preferred language.
Option 4: Save as MP3. Clicking this will save the page text as a MP3 file.
Option 5: Screen Mask. This tool will turn your cursor into a line that helps keep your eye on the text you are reading.
Option 6: Text magnifier. This tool will make text on the website bigger or smaller at the top of your screen.
Option 7: Settings. This section of Browsealoud will allow you to change the settings of all the above options to best suit individual needs and preferences.
Option 8: Help. Click here for more help on how to work Browsealoud.
Keyboard shortcuts used to navigate to certain areas of the site. They are included for the assistance of users who may have difficulty using a mouse or other pointing device.
Tab - navigate through links (down)
- Shift + tab - navigate through links (up)
Enter - click / select
How to guides
The BBC provides a website that explains how you can make the web a more accessible place. The My web my way site provides accessibility help, enabling you to make the most of the internet whatever your ability or disability. Choose a topic you would like help with and we will redirect you to the relevant BBC how to guide:
Maintaining Web Accessibility Initiative Level AA accessibility
The Government requires that all public sector websites - whether for central or local government - should meet the W3C's guidelines on accessibility to AA standard.
We strive to achieve and maintain levels of accessibility that conform to the AA standard, but recognise that it is very hard for such a large website to maintain such compliance. We choose not to shout about our compliance since it is difficult to be certain that 100% compliance is being maintained.
Through further development of our web services we strive to improve our compliance and aim to meet as many of the WAI Level AAA guidelines as are achievable.
How you can help us improve the site
If you would like to make any suggestions to improve the site from an accessibility point of view, please get in touch with us via email at email@example.com.