Our aims

This website has been created to be as accessible as possible for a wide audience, regardless of ability. Our commitment to accessibility includes:

  • Testing our site with assistive technologies such as software that reads pages aloud.
  • Working to ensure this site complies with accessibility standards in content, design and coding. These standards include the W3C Web Accessibility Initiative and the Disability Discrimination Act.
  • Working with real users with different needs to ensure that any problems are identified and solutions developed.
  • Ensuring any rich media is also presented in an accessible way.

We aim to achieve and maintain levels of accessibility that conform to the Double-A standard, but in reality it is very hard for a large website with a number of authors to maintain complete compliance.

The site is developed using valid XHTML and CSS. Our site content is separated from presentational elements, which makes it available to any visitors that use technologies such as a screen reader or text only browser.

A guide to accessibility

The NHS has developed the following guide in conjunction with Abilitynet, which you may find useful:

Changing text size 

You can use your browser settings to change the text size for all the web sites that you visit. The technique for doing this is slightly different depending on the browser that you use:

  • Internet Explorer 7: Select the 'Page' menu, then one of the options under 'Text Size'. The default setting is Medium
  • Internet Explorer 6: Select the 'View' menu, and select one of the options under 'Text Size'.
  • Mozilla Firefox: Select the 'View' menu, then 'Text Size', then select Increase, Decrease or Normal.
  • Opera: Select the 'View' menu, then one of the 'Zoom' percentage options.
  • Netscape: Select the 'View' menu, then one of the 'Text Zoom' options.
  • Google Chrome: Select the Chrome menu on the browser toolbar. Select settings. Click Show advanced settings. In the "Web Content" section, use the "Page zoom" drop-down menu to adjust the zoom.

Other browsers may also have similar options available. Please consult the documentation provided with your browser if similar options to the ones above aren't available.

Browsealoud - make this website talk

Browsealoud is a program which automatically reads out a web page when you move your mouse over the text.

What is it for? Browsealoud Helps people to access websites which they have difficulty reading. This might be due to a visual impairment or a specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia.

Who can use it? Browsealoud is available for PC and Mac. It also has settings designed to help it work behind corporate firewalls.

How do I use it? Visit the Browsealoud support page for instructions on how to download and use Browsealoud.

How do I download it? Use this link to download Browsealoud.

Is Browsealoud a screen reader? Browsealoud is a browser plugin. It can be used to access Browsealoud enabled websites. It is not designed to be a substitute for a full screen reader program such as Window Eyes or Jaws.


Contact Us

Please let us know if you would like any further support with accessing our website or if you have constructive feedback by contacting our communications team.