This website has been designed to be accessible for the widest possible audience regardless of their ability. This includes making access as easy as possible for people with disabilities who may have special needs.
Choose from the following:
People with disabilities, such as a visual impairment, may use assistive technologies to use the Internet. Assistive technologies are products used by people with disabilities to help accomplish tasks that they cannot do easily otherwise.
Assistive technology comes in many different forms, some of these include:
This website has been built so that people using the technologies listed above can access and use the information available.
Keyboard operation is required for users who are unable to use the mouse. For example, users with limited hand use may not have the fine motor control required to position the mouse pointer accurately on objects displayed on the screen. Blind users cannot position the mouse pointer because they can't see the screen.
The keyboard provides a precise, discrete method of navigating and selecting. Mobility impaired users using the keyboard can precisely navigate and select using the keyboard or assistive technology that emulates the keyboard.
We have provided a series of keyboard shortcuts intended to help users who have difficulty in using pointing devices such as a mouse. This web site uses the UK Government access key system and the following information summarises each of the keyboard shortcut commands available to you.
Depending on your browser type use one of the following:
With Windows-based systems, in general, press the "Alt" key and the relevant access key:
With Macintosh-based systems, if you are using Safari, Camino or Mozilla Firefox press the "Crtl" key and the relevant access key.
|Access keys used on this website|
|Alt + 1||Home page||Links to the Home page|
|Alt + 2||Contact||Links to the Contact page|
|Alt + 3||Accessibility||Links to the Accessibility page (this page)|
|Alt + 4||Links||Links to the Links page|
|Alt + 5||Site Map||Links to the Site Map page|
If the text is too small to read you need to change your text size.
Look for similar functions in other browsers.
All of these pages have been validated for level A of the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0. As a result the pages will comply with the Disability Discrimination Act which ensures that websites are accessible to blind and disabled users.
This website conforms to the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) level A.
For a full list of the checkpoints that we have addressed to reach this standard and make our web content accessible to people with disabilities, please see the guidelines area of the WAI website.
The Disability Discrimination Act, 1995 (DDA) effectively places responsibility upon employers and suppliers of goods and services to provide reasonable adjustment and, more importantly, to remove any barriers that could result in discrimination.
Since 1999 the DDA has covered public facing websites and internal systems even giving examples in its Code of Practice such as: 'An airline company provides a flight reservation and booking service to the public on its website. This is a provision of a service and is subject to the Act'.
As this website has been developed with AA accessible code it effectively complies to the Disability Discrimination Act.
This website is built using code compliant with World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) standards for XHTML 1.0 and CSS 2.0. The pages display correctly with currently available Internet browsers such as Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Safari on both Windows and Macintosh platforms.
The use of standard XHTML and CSS 2.0 code means that future versions of browsers will also display them correctly.
XHTML stands for eXtensible Hyper Text Markup Language which is the language or coding used to write web pages. It contains information about the pages structure, appearance and contents.
Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) - CSS is a simple mechanism for adding style, for example fonts, colours and layout to web documents.
The website has a specific CSS 2.0 stylesheet for printing. This means when you choose File - Print/Print Preview from your browsers menu the layout of the webpage will change to suit a printer. This will remove most of the images, background colours, menus and unecessary clutter from the screen so that the most important text areas of the page can be printed clearly. Check that the scale menu is set to Shrink to Fit so that none of the text is clipped by the page margins when printing.
If you wish to have an exact print of the website as it is displayed on screen please press the PrtScn button on the keyboard. This creates a screenshot of the website and places it in the computers clipboard memory. Then paste this into a program like MS Paint or MS Word using Ctrl & V on the keyboard.