Accessibility – using this site
We are committed to ensuring everyone can use this website and have developed the site to suit different user needs. In this section we explore ideas for making the site more accessible and at the end have listed links to more detailed information on different devices. Please get in touch if you have ideas for improving the accessibility of the site or if you have any other questions – we’d like to hear from you.
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Site style and colours
On the right hand side of the screen you will see some icons to change the look and style of the site to suit your needs:
Clicking this graphic will give you options to change the text size and the background colours on the site.
Other options include:
- There are some programs available which allow your computer to talk to you.
- Windows Narrator is a basic screen-reading program, offering speech feedback for all menus and dialog boxes, Windows Explorer and Notepad but will not speak out a whole Word documents or web page. There are however, a number of text to speech programs available any selected text to be spoken back to the user.
- (Window’s Narrator is currently only available for Windows 2000 and XP)
- Go to ‘System Preferences’ and select ‘Universal Access’. From here you can turn on the text to speech function
Magnifying the screen
- You could try magnifying the screen if increasing the text size does not make text easy to read.
Mac OS users:
- Go to ‘System Preferences’ and click on ‘Universal user’. Here you can magnify the screen and have the option to turn on the ‘text to speech’ function.
- All recent versions of Windows include magnification software. This allows you to greatly increase text size, but is restricted to a small portion of the screen.
- To use Windows magnifier click on the ‘Start’ menu, then select ‘Programs’, ‘Accessories’, ‘Magnifier’. The settings dialog box will appear; from here you can adjust the magnification as desired.
Make the mouse pointer bigger
- Click Start button > Control Panel > Switch to Classic View > click on Mouse icon Select Pointers tab > choose a mouse pointer > click OK
Mac OS users:
- Select the Apple button in the menu bar > System Preferences Go to Universal Access > Mouse & Track pad Make the mouse pointer bigger by sliding the Cursor Size bar
Slowing down the mouse
- Click on Start button > Control Panel > Switch to Classic View Click on Mouse icon > select Pointer Options tab > adjust Select pointer speed > click OK
Mac OS X users:
- Go to Apple icon in the menu bar > System Preferences > Keyboard and Mouse Select the Mouse tab > change the Tracking Speed slider to adjust the speed.
On an iPhone or iPad
For information about accessibility options using an iPhone see the Apple website
On an Android device
For information about accessibility options using an Android device see the Android accessibility help centre