We are committed to providing a website that is accessible to the widest possible audience, regardless of ability or technology.
The website endeavours to conform to level Double-A of the World Wide Web Consortium W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 (w3.org)
The guidelines explain how to make web content more accessible for people with disabilities to help make the web more user-friendly for all people.
Whilst we strive to adhere to the accepted guidelines and standards for accessibility and usability, it is not always possible to do so in all aspects of the website.
Where possible use an up-to-date browser
An up-to-date browser will allow for ease of navigation around this site. The standard browsers we would recommend are Firefox, Chrome, Safari or Microsoft Edge.
Options on our site
Using the accessibility tool there is a range of options for you to change the way the site looks. Please choose the relevant accessibility feature based on your needs. You are able to customise the font sizing, letter spacing, contrast, and colours of the background, text or titles, and lots more.
Keyboard Short Cuts / Access Keys
Different browsers use different keystrokes to activate access key shortcuts, as shown below:
|Windows||Firefox or Chrome||Home||Shift + Alt + 1|
|Skip navigation menu||Shift + Alt + 2|
|Internet Explorer or Edge||Home||Alt + 1|
|Skip navigation menu||Alt + 2|
|NOTE: For Internet Explorer you will need to press Enter after using the shortcut|
|Safari||Home||Ctrl + Alt + 1|
|Skip navigation menu||Ctrl + Alt + 2|
|MacOS||Safari||Home||Command + Alt + 1|
|Skip navigation menu||Command + Alt + 2|
|Firefox or Chrome||Home||Command + Shift + 1|
|Skip navigation menu||Command + Shift + 2|
Make your computer read the site aloud
This website has been built with screen readers in mind. Menus, pictures and inputs will have the correct tags and markup to complement your chosen screen reader.
We have tested with the following tools:
NVDA (NonVisual Desktop Access) is a free screen reader for computers running on the Windows operating system.
The latest version can be downloaded for FREE here (on this page you may be asked for a voluntary donation if you do not wish to donate, click “skip donation this time”)
WAVE is developed and made available as a free community service by WebAIM. Originally launched in 2001, WAVE has been used to evaluate the accessibility of millions of web pages. Read more here
Microsoft Windows Narrator is available in most versions of Microsoft Windows operating systems and reads text on the screen aloud and describes events like error messages so you can use your PC without a display. To find out more and how to enable it on your version, please click here
Control your computer with your voice
Apple Mac and Windows operating systems both provide ways to control your computer with voice recognition:
Apple OS X
Third-party voice recognition software is available too.
We are committed to providing you access to our most valuable resources. If you do spot anything which doesn’t look quite right or have any suggestions for how we might improve our services, then contact us.