As a standard, we employ all the following methods to ensure our site is accessible to as many people as possible:

  • All pages are structured so that they can be read aloud using screen readers.
  • All pictures have an alternative text description.
  • Our stylesheets allow for text resizing using your browser settings.
  • Our stylesheets allow you to change the site colour scheme using your browser settings, ensuring it can be used by visitors who find the existing colour scheme hard to read.
  • We are committed to Plain English in all our written content.
  • The website can be navigated without the use of a mouse.
  • A non-serif font is used for easier readability.
  • We do not use all-capitals for emphasis.
  • We use a hierarchy of heading markups i.e an h1 tag for main headings, h2 for secondary headings etc. which makes it easier for screen readers to work out the structure of a page.
  • Our site can be viewed in a logical order when all styling is turned off.

How to download PDF documents

Documents available on this website for viewing or download are stored as PDF (Portable Document Format).

To view PDFs you will need to download Adobe Acrobat Reader software. This software is free to download.

If you are using a PC, most browsers will allow you to ‘right click’ the mouse button on a PDF download link, and allow you to ‘open’ or ‘save’ the PDF to your computer.

Adobe Acrobat documents can be converted into plain text using the online Adobe conversion service.

For more help and information about accessibility, visit the Adobe website.

Helping you make your computer easier to use

To find out more about making your computer more accessible and easy to use, have a look at AbilityNet’s website. They have a range of tips and suggestions relating to accessibility issues.