This website has been designed to be as accessible to as many users as possible. We believe this site passes the W3C requirements for XHTML 1.0 and CSS. It has also been designed following the World Wide Web Consortium’s (W3C) Accessibility Initiative (WAI) accessibility guidelines to Priority level 2. We believe that the site passes the W3C AA requirements as tested on websites such as Cynthia Says and the Wave. We have also checked that the site has good colour contrast, is viewable in greyscale and does not rely on colour alone to deliver our message. All pictures will have alt tags that describe the image, and we will always try to use plain English and explain any jargon.
This website has been designed on WordPress which has accessibility features built in and has been tested using this and other tools throughout the design process. This site uses CSS but can be viewed without style sheets enabled.
How to get the most accessible experience from this website
Our website has been designed to work responsively across as many platforms as possible (eg mobile, tablet, desktop) and we are committed to giving each visitor the best possible experience. We have also included a search facility on the main menu bar, to help people find information more easily.
We have decided not to include a feature on the site which enables you to increase the font size by the click of a button. Although we appreciate these can be useful, there are no standards to follow and there are simple ways to achieve the same result with your own computer. Once this is done all web pages will appear with bigger text and not just ours, meaning the first thing you need to do on a website won’t be search for the increase font size button.
Using your web browser, you can change the size of text on this website. You can also make other helpful changes in your browser, as well as within your computer generally.
To find out what else you can do, visit My Web My Way
Many downloads on this site use either Adobe Acrobat or Word, you can download a free copy of Adobe Acrobat from their website and a Word reader here. After a download link we will explain what software you need to view by using either (PDF), (word), etc.
We have a copy of the full version of Adobe which has accessibility features built into it and all future PDF’s that we create will be utilising these features. However, older PDF’s designed by us and external agencies may not have been created with accessibility in mind.
At the time of launch, this website is not known to have any limitations which will make it difficult to access for any group of users. However, if you do come across a problem please do contact us and we will do all we can to rectify it.
We are always looking for ways to help people get the best experience from this website. If there is any information you think should be included on this page, or if you experience any problem accessing the site then please contact us.
This accessibility statement was issued in May 2013.