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Accessibility

We have designed this site to make it as accessible as possible for everyone. You may want to alter the way our website looks. Below we have listed features you are able to change with step-by-step instructions.

Standards

We have designed this site to conform with WCAG 2.0 to level AA.

Easy read

We believe that web pages for people with learning disabilities should be written in language that is easy to understand and include pictures that help to convey meaning.

The pages for people with learning disabilities in this web site have been designed to appear like an easy read document.

Changing the text size or page magnification

To change the font or magnification of a page using your browser’s settings, follow these instructions:

In Internet Explorer 9, select Zoom from the Tools menu (the cog button to the right of the address bar). Then choose the level of zooming you prefer. You can also zoom by holding the Ctrl key down and moving the mouse wheel.

In Internet Explorer versions 7 or 8, select the View menu and select Zoom to zoom in or out.

In Firefox, select the View menu and select Zoom to zoom in or out. You can also zoom by holding the Ctrl key down and moving the mouse wheel.

In Chrome, click on the spanner button to the right of the address bar, and change the Zoom magnification to the one you prefer. You can also zoom by holding the Ctrl key down and moving the mouse wheel.

In Safari, select the View menu and choose Make Text Bigger. You can also zoom the text size in and out by pressing Command + and Command –

In Opera, hold the Ctrl key down and press + or – to zoom the page. You can also zoom by holding the Ctrl key down and moving the mouse wheel.

Navigating this website

We’ve designed this site so it is easy to use. The main menu includes all the main sections of the website and runs across the top of each page. Clicking on any of these items will take you to a specific section of the website, where the menu is displayed down the left. Choosing a section will also reveal any further content pages within a section. This style of navigation is consistent throughout the site.

You can navigate through the site without a mouse by using the tab key (or shift+tab) and pressing return when you would like to click on a link.

Images and alt tags

All images used on the site include ‘Alt’ tags, which are descriptive text alternatives. This allows people to see what the image is meant to convey even if it doesn’t load, or if images have been switched off, or if using a screen reader to read the web page.