What is Accessibility?
There are millions of people around the world who cannot simply pick up a traditional printed book or a newspaper and access the information it holds. Among them are children who are born blind, adults who have lost their sight, people who are physically unable to turn a page and individuals with learning disorders, like dyslexia. To empower these individuals to overcome the challenges they face in accessing information critical to their lives, we must deliver information in a variety of formats that meet a range of needs. We also all differ in the ways in which we learn. Some individuals may grasp information more efficiently through visual or auditory means rather than printed text. Information that is accessible to people in many ways not only benefits individuals with physical, sensory and perceptual disabilities—it is also often easier for many others to use and understand. There is not one format that is optimal for all, so making information more accessible can benefit everyone.
We recognise the importance of providing a website that is inclusive and available for all user groups. This page explains
- our approach to making this website accessible;
- the features provided to enhance the site’s accessibility;
- what to do if you have any questions or feedback for us.
We believe that this website meets or exceeds the requirements of the level A criteria of the World Wide Web Consortium Web Accessibility Initiative (WCAG WAI) 2.0 guidelines.
We have provided “skip to main content” links to allow direct access past the navigation menu to the page’s main content.
You can vary the text size by using your browser’s text resize option: View – Text Size.
Alternative text for images
All images have been given appropriate alternative text.
HTML heading elements have been used to represent page structure, supporting assistive technologies that allow page navigation from heading to heading.
All hyperlinks should make sense when read out of context, and hyperlinks are clearly presented in a different text style from normal body text.
We have checked text and background colour combinations to ensure that the contrast is sufficient and we have also ensured that information is not referenced by colour alone.
We have used Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) to control the presentation of pages and have used properly structured markup for content. If style sheets are not supported or are turned off, information on the site can still be accessed and read.
Questions and feedback
If you have any difficulty in accessing any information on this website or if you have any feedback for us, we would like to hear from you.