We want everyone to be able to use our website and we are committed to making it as accessible as possible.
To do this we are working toward adopting WCAG standards of best practice. We’re not there yet but we’re reviewing how we can best make our content available to everyone in the long term.
On this site you should be able to:
- Zoom in up to 400% without the text spilling off the screen
- Navigate most of the website just using a keyboard
- View the site clearly on your tablet, laptop, desktop or mobile phone
- Use speech recognition technology you may have
- Navigate long pages by headings/subheadings using assistive technology tools or plugins
- Listen to most of the website using assistive technologies – for example text to speech tools and plugins, screen readers, and inbuilt phone and/or tablet functionality
- Navigate most of our online forms using just a keyboard
The colour contrast and font on the site meet WCAG Level 2 (AA requirements).
What you can do
We are doing all we can to make the site as easy to use as possible. There are also external tools available, designed to give you a better user experience. For example, you can change the settings on your computer to suit your individual needs.
You can personalise your experience using accessibility features already on your computer, or by installing software or apps. You may find some of these helpful:
- My Computer, My way is developed by AbilityNet (Opens in new window) which is a UK charity which aims to improve the lives of disabled people by helping them to use digital technology at work, at home or in education. The charity has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability.
- The Web Accessibility Initiative’s Better Web Browsing: Tips for Customising your Computer may also be useful.
- You can also adjust line height and word spacing using browser plugins like ReaderView for FireFox(Opens in new window) or ReaderView (Opens in new window) for Chrome.
We know some parts of this website aren't fully accessible yet. We feature many documents from external organisations which date back many years, and some older PDFs and word documents that don’t meet current accessibility standards. For example, some may have contrast issues; text to speech may not work; they may not reflow when magnified and may not be accessible to a screen reader.
Some of the videos featured on the site may not have captions. However, the content is popular and therefore we think it is better to make it available as it is than remove it, pending full accessibility updates.
If you can’t access our content
If you wish to access any content but find it inaccessible, please contact us and we will work with you to provide the content in a suitably accessible format.
We are always looking to improve the accessibility of our site, so if you find anything on the site difficult to use, email us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
To help us understand the problem as quickly as we can, please tell us:
- the web address or title of the page where you found a problem
- what the problem is
- what computer and software you use.
All constructive feedback about the accessibility or usability of our site is welcome and we promise to consider it carefully.
This accessibility statement was last updated in February 2021.