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We have tried to design our website to make it as accessible as possible whilst remaining visually interesting and easy to use.

Free accessibility software

There are a number of free assistive technology options for a computer. Visit RNIB – free accessibility software to find out what’s available.

Images and alt tags

Where images are used we have added ‘Alt’ tags – text alternatives so that you will still know what the image is meant to convey even if it doesn’t load or if you have chosen to browse with the images switched off or you are using an assistive technology like a screen reader to browse the web page rather than view.

Resizable text

We haven’t fixed the size of the text on the website so you can alter the font size on the screen to make it easier to read.

There are a number of ways to change the text size in your browser, the easiest way is to follow these steps:


  • hold down the ctrl key and press the + / – key


  • press Apple and the + / – key. To return the text to its original size, press Apple + 0


  • select the ‘View’ menu
  • select Zoom
  • click on Zoom text only and then hold down the ctrl key and press the + key

It is also possible to increase or decrease the size of the text by holding down the ctrl key whilst using the scroll wheel on the mouse.

Internet Explorer

  • select the ‘View’ menu
  • select the ‘Text Size’ option from the menu
  • click on the text size you want to view

Microsoft Edge

  • select ‘settings’ from the menu
  • under ‘reading view font size’ select the font size you want

Colour scheme

You can set your web browser to ignore the colours that we have used on this website. You can also ask your browser to use your own preferred colour scheme when viewing this site.

See also AbilityNet’s guide to changing colours on your mobile / tablet, browser and computer.

Coding standards and Double-A conformance

This website is built using code compliant with World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) standards for XHTML and Cascading Style Sheets. W3C is the governing authority on web development standards and practices.

The site displays with current browsers, and using standard code should mean that any future browsers will also display this website correctly.

We are continuously improving this website to ensure that pages conform to the Single-AA level of the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0. However, there may be a few pages and some third party and external applications that do not conform to all the guidelines.

If you have any problem accessing any information on the site, please email

Page updated on: 25 July 2019