We are committed to complying with the Equality Act 2010, and have made significant improvements to our website in order to reduce the barriers experienced by people with disabilities. By following Government guidelines, it is our policy to create pages to W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Priority 2 level (Double A). These guidelines are the internationally recognised benchmark for building accessible websites.
We are aware, however, that occasionally we do make mistakes, and for some pages, it will not always be possible to comply with these standards. If you find any of our pages inaccessible please use contact us to let us know, and we will endeavor to make improvements immediately.
By using an up-to-date browser (the program you use to access the internet) you will have access to a much richer set of options to aid you as your navigate your way around this site. As of 2017, the most common browsers are Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari (Mac only) and Opera. 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, click on the links below to see the Accessibility page for each one:
General accessibility help
Below are some general tips for making your web experience easier.
Using the keyboard to move around
Some people find it easier to move through web pages using the 'Tab' button on the keyboard, and using 'Enter' to click on links and buttons. 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. Pressing the spacebar on a web page will move the page you are viewing down to the next visible part of the page.
Making text and images easier to read
You can enlarge the words and pictures on any website by pressing 'Ctrl' and '+' or 'Ctrl' and '-' on the keyboard. Screen magnifiers are another useful tool, which you can use to look at a small part of the screen in a much bigger size. You should be able to find a screen magnifier tool by going to your computer's settings.
Using screen readers
Screen readers will read out menus and buttons, web pages and documents to help you use the computer if you can’t see the screen. There may be screen readers built into your computer. Go to your computer’s settings. Alternatively, you can also download other screen readers that have more features. There are many available options, including
Changing colours and fonts
You can change the colour of web pages to increase or decrease the contrast, or to invert the colours. You can also make the font size of web pages bigger. You can do this through settings in your browser (eg Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer). Sometimes you need to install 'extensions' or 'add ons' for your browser.
Fonts to help people with dyslexia
Using your voice - voice recognition
With voice recognition, you can talk to your computer. You can open programmes and do other tasks using your voice. Your computer may come with voice recognition programmes pre installed. Go to your computer’s settings. You can also download other voice recognition programmes to install on your computer, which often have more features.
- Using speech recognition for Windows
- Using speech recognition for Mac
- A BBC guide to using speech recognition
Where possible we try to provide direct links to downloadable documents either hosted on the EPDA website or on an external website. Most downloads will be in Acrobat PDF format. You will need to have installed Adobe® Acrobat® Reader™on your computer.
More information on Web Accessibility
- The W3C website has further information about web content accessibility guidelines.
- AbilityNet is a charity helping disabled adults and children use computers and the internet.
- BBC's My Web My Way - provides accessibility help, enabling people to make the most of the internet whatever their ability or disability.
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