We are committed to making our services accessible for everyone.
We have used a sans serif font as most people find this easier to read on a screen, chosen colours for our text that give good contrast with the background colours and allow you to change the font size.
Adobe PDF has been used for all the downloaded documents and anyone can read these documents by using Acrobat or the free Adobe Reader software
The website is ‘responsive’ which means the web pages look good and work across all devices (desktops, tablets, and phones) and ensures easy reading and navigation with a minimum of resizing, panning, and scrolling.
We know that not everyone uses a traditional browser, so we‘ve designed our sites to work with screen readers.
A screen reader is a software application that helps people with severe visual impairments to use a computer. It reads aloud the text on the webpage and provides information about icons, pictures, menus, dialogue boxes, files and folders.
There are many screen readers available with are free to use here are a five which are highly recommended.
Thunder works with Windows 7, Vista or XP. Thunder is available all over the world in several languages and is completely free to download and use. It works within your browser but also works with Microsoft applications. Click here to find out more about Thunder
Chromevox works with Google Chrome. It’s a simple extension download that attaches itself to your Chrome browser. Click here to find out more about Chromevox
Voiceover is free software supplied with all Apple products including iPads and iPod touch. It has been designed for total ease of use and works with Apples built in apps. Click here to find out more about Apple Voiceover
NVDA works with Microsoft Windows. You can download it to your PC, or to a USB stick which you can use with any computer. NVDA can also convert the text into braille if the computer user owns a device called a “braille display”. Click here to find out more about NVDA
Google ChromeVox is a Google Chrome screen reader extension for visually impaired users. Click here to find out more about ChromeVox
If you are having difficulty viewing this website because the text is too small it is easy to zoom in and zoom out so that the text is the right size for you. These techniques can be used on any website.
If you use a mouse with a scroll wheel (usually between the two buttons on a standard mouse) wheel it gently away from you while holding down the Ctrl key on the keyboard. Wheel it towards you to make the page smaller and away from you to make it larger.
If you don’t have a scroll wheel, hold down the Ctrl key and press the + (plus) key to make the page bigger (this can be found next to your backspace button). If you over do it, Ctrl (Ctrl & minus) will make it smaller again.
You can change the language of this site by clicking on the buttons at the bottom of the site which works with google translate.
The BBC has a fantastic website for those with disabilities and impairments that need a little more help surfing the web. It's a library of easy to use guides, useful information and videos on how to enhance your web experience. If you have a visual, audio, movement or learning impairment it’s well worth a look.