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Accessibility

We want to make it as easy as possible for everyone to use this site. One step we’ve taken is to follow web standards and guidelines that allow you to adapt the display of this site to suit your preferences.

Some Ways To Adapt This Site To Your Preferences

How to enlarge the text on the site

If you are using Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0, 5.5 or 6.0 – Open IE

Mozilla Firefox – with Firefox open, hold down the Control (Ctrl) key, then press the plus (+) key. The text on the web page should now appear bigger.

Instructions for Netscape and Apple Safari: see Royal National Institute of the Blind, Making your web browser more accessible. http://www.rnib.org.uk/xpedio/groups/public/documents/PublicWebsite/public_rnib003399.hcsp

How to navigate this site without a mouse

This site uses the standard HTML features for site wide navigation using the keyboard. Listed below are the short-cut keys specific to this site. Other short-cut keys are standard, but vary from browser to browser. These keys will take you to any part of the site. Once within the site you can use the TAB key to go from link to link.

Below are instructions for using access keys in the most commonly used browsers.

Internet Explorer 6+ : use 'Alt + (Access Key) + Enter'

Firefox 2+ : use 'Alt + Shift + (Access Key)'

Macintosh Browsers : same as above but use 'Ctrl' instead of 'Alt'.

Here is a list of short cut keys that are used within this site:

Access Key Function
0 Accessibility
1 Home Page
2 Site Map
3 Search
4 Main Navigation
5 Secondary Navigation
6 Footer Navigation
7 Whats Happening
8 Contact Us
9 Frequently Asked Questions
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Other ways to make the site easier to use

There are also a number of ways you can override most of the design features of the site. For example, you can instruct your browser to over-ride our style sheet, and use your own custom style sheet instead.
For more information, see the following useful links about accessibility, below.

Useful links about accessibility


Site And Page Structure Information For Screen Reader Users

Especially for users of screen readers, here is an overview of the structure of this site and the common page structure.
This site has six main content sections:

Each page on the site is organised consistently, with the main menu of navigation links to these main sections across the top of the page.

When viewing the site with a screenreader, the order of elements is:


Your feedback

We test this site periodically ourselves and have also had the site assessed by independent accessibility experts, and tested by users of enabling technologies.
We also really value your feedback - it will help us improve the site for everyone.