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Introduction to our accessibility policy

This website has been built to comply with all of the Priority 1 & 2 ('AA') accessibility checkpoints across its web presence, as established in the World Wide Web Consortium's (W3C) web accessibility initiative (WAI). The WAI promotes usability and accessibility for people with disabilities.

Some of the site's pages conform to the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Accessibility Initiative's 'AAA' standard and we are working towards achieving the highest W3C 'Triple A' standard in the rest over time.

Using access keys:

Access keys are keyboard shortcuts which allow the user to navigate around a website or a piece of computer software without having to use a mouse. The letter or numeral if visible is usually underlined.

How do I use the Access Keys?

  • Windows - press ALT + Access Key then ENTER
  • Macintosh - press Control + Access Key
  • Firefox – press SHIFT + ALT + Access Key

Most websites can be used without a traditional mouse, links can be selected and clicked using the keyboard.

If you find it difficult to use a mouse to navigate around the page, you can follow these steps as a substitute to using your mouse:

Click on the TAB key on your keyboard. This will move your cursor to each of the navigation options / links on the screen.

When you have found the link you want, press ENTER on your keyboard.
You can also use the 'Page Up' and 'Page Down' keys on your keyboard to move the page to the area you want to read.

Changing text size:

If you find the text on this site is too small or too large, you can change it easily in your browser settings. You can do this using the text size options at the top of each page or alternativly you can  simply adjust your browser's settings.

If you use Microsoft Internet Explorer, go to the View menu, select Text Size and then Larger/Largest or Smaller/Smallest.

If you use Mozilla Firefox, go to the View menu, select Text Size and choose Increase or Decrease.

If you use Netscape Navigator, go to the View menu and choose Increase or Decrease Font until the text is the size you require.

Adobe PDF Reader: Read Out Loud function

Adobe PDF Reader software has a Read Out Loud function which can be used by visually impaired people wishing to access pdf documents via this website.

Read Out Loud is a Text-to-Speech (TTS) tool that is built into Adobe Reader 6.0. It reads text contained within a document window. This functionality is different from "screen reader" technology, which not only reads text within a document but also lets visually impaired users navigate their computer and access menu items, dialog boxes, or message boxes.

To use Read Out Loud, you will need Adobe Reader 6.0 or later and The Text-to-Speech engine installed in the operating system.

After opening a pdf, you will need to use the following menu options:

VIEW -> READ OUT LOUD -> ACTIVATE READ OUT LOUD

 
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