Website Accessibility

We want this website to be easy to use, and as accessible as possible for people using different types of computer systems or other devices.

An accessible website doesn't exclude anyone because they have a visual impairment or another disability, or because they are older, or because they have a slow internet connection of lack the latest software.

It means that anyone can understand it, navigate around it, contribute to it and use its interactive services.

The site avoids techniques that need technical know-how to use. It concentrates on good, solid information written in plain language, presented clearly, and easy to navigate around.


Meeting accessibility standards

Websites are graded by a set of internationally-recognised accessibility standards. To reach a standard a web page must meet a list of conditions. The more conditions it meets, the more likely the page is to be easily used by all customers, including those with a visual impairment or physical disability.

Examples include:

providing text alternatives to visual content like pictures and diagrams

not relying on colour alone to distinguish between two elements

allowing the user to change the size of the text

ensuring the site works equally well on all devices

providing clear navigation

presenting readable and understandable content

The gradings are:

'no grading' for pages that don't reach a minimum standard of accessibility

'A' grading for pages that have some accessibility

AA for pages that meet most accessibility criteria

AAA for pages that are fully accessible

We are working on improving our website and its accessibility all the time and try to ensure that every page on our website meets AA standard.

The standards are set by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)


Help

AbilityNet provides guidance about:

Keyboard shortcuts

Making your mouse easier to use

Making text larger

Magnifying the screen

Changing your colours

Making your device talk to you

Talking to your device