We are committed to providing a website that is accessible to all users.

We support people with sight loss and multiple disabilities, so we strive to ensure their needs are met when they visit our website.

We have put together some guidelines on making sure your settings are set up in the best way to use our website.

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We have Browsealoud on our site, which can read out the text, magnify sections, translate and more. Watch the video below for a guide on how to use it.

Browsealoud features:

  • Text-to-speech with choice of reading speeds and highlighters to enhance reading comprehension
  • Translate web pages into 99 languages; speak translated text aloud in 40 languages
  • On-screen text magnifier helps users with visual impairments
  • MP3 generator converts text to audio files for offline listening
  • Screen mask blocks on-screen clutter, letting readers focus on text being read
  • Web page simplifier removes ads and other distracting content for easier reading
  • Custom settings built in to suit individual user needs and preferences


Your browser

Using an up-to-date browser means you will be able to access all their accessibility features.

By using an up-to-date internet browser, you will have access to a much richer set of options to aid you as your navigate your way around this site. 

The standard browsers we would recommend are below with links to install each of them:

Once installed, each will bring its own selection of accessibility options and may allow further options via the use of plug-ins. For more details see the Accessibility page for each one:


Colour options

We have two other options to choose from if you need a different colour scheme on our website. Please choose a link below to change the way the site looks. Once set, the site will remain in this style for 30 days or until you select a different option.

We endeavour to ensure the site looks correct in these different styles but because of the constantly changing nature of the site and its content, this may not always be possible. If you do spot anything which doesn't look quite right then please let us know.


Changing your font size

Depending on your browser, you can override all fonts on the site to one that is easier for you to read. You can find the guides here:

 Change Font in Firefox
 Change Font in Chrome
 Change Font in Explorer


Changing your zoom

You can activate the browser zoom via these keyboard shortcuts:

 Zoom in Firefox
 Zoom in Chrome
Apple Safari Logo Zoom in Safari
 Zoom in Explorer


Other options in your browser

Most modern browsers all share the most common accessibility tools, here is a list of useful features:

Incremental Search

Incremental search allows you to progressively search a web page for a particular word or phrase on a page. To enable this on your browser, press and hold ALT and then tap F. This will open a box to type your search into. As you type, the matches will be highlighted on the page for you.

Spatial Navigation

Hitting tab will jump you to each of the items you can interact with on any page. Holding the SHIFT key and then pressing tab will take you to the previous item.  

Caret Navigation (Internet Explorer and Firefox only)

Instead of using a mouse to select text and move around within a webpage, you can use standard navigation keys on your keyboard: Home, End, Page Up, Page Down & the arrow keys. This feature is named after the caret, or cursor, that appears when you edit a document.

To turn this feature on, press the F7 key at the top of your keyboard and choose whether to enable the caret on the tab you are viewing or all your tabs.

Space bar

Pressing the space bar on a web page will move the page you are viewing down to the next visible part of the page.


Using screen readers

This website has been built with screen readers in mind. Menus, images and inputs will have the correct tags and mark up to compliment your chosen screen reader.

As well as using Browsealoud (info above), we have tested with following tools:

NVDA (NonVisual Desktop Access) is a free screen reader for computers running on the Windows operating system.

Download NVDA for free (on this page you may be asked for a voluntary donation, if you do not wish to donate, click "skip donation this time")

WAVE icon

WAVE is developed and made available as a free community service by WebAIM. Originally launched in 2001, WAVE has been used to evaluate the accessibility of millions of web pages.

Windows Narrator

Microsoft Windows Narrator is available in most versions of Microsoft Windows operating systems and reads text on the screen aloud and describes events like error messages so you can use your PC without a display. Click here to find out more and how to enable it on your version.

More info

We use jargon-free easy to understand English as much as possible, particularly on our Looking After Your Eyes website. On that website we provide a number of 'easy read' factsheets designed for people with learning disabilities. When you see the Download icon icon it signposts a document to download, and when you see the easy read icon icon it is in easy read. 

Our website has been built to conform to level Double-A of the World Wide Web Consortium W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0, using code compliant with W3C standards for HTML and CSS. The site displays correctly in current browsers and will display correctly in future browsers.

While we do everything we can with our resources, it's possible that some areas of the website will not be perfect. We are actively working to increase the accessibility and usability and are continually seeking out solutions to improve user experience. In the meantime, should you experience any difficulty in accessing the our website, please don’t hesitate to contact us.