Accessibility

This site has been designed to ensure the best possible accessibility for users on various systems and devices. See below for what features the site encorporates and also how you can use your PC to improve Internet accessibility.

Design

  • Our website uses simple information architecture with uniform navigation and reliable headings throughout. Content layout and graphical design are consistent on every page.
  • All of our web pages are scalable. This means that you can change the size of the font by changing the settings in your web browser. To find out how to do this for your web browser, please see the RNIB web page on how to change font sizes (opens in a new window).
  • Our website displays text with good contrast levels to differentiate it from the background in which it is displayed. You can change the default colours of all websites in your browser to suit your tastes. See your browser program help for details.
  • The site has been successfully tested on a wide range of adaptive technologies and browser/platform combinations to ensure access regardless of the technology used.
  • We employ table-less layout and design to simplify screen reader navigation by reducing the structural complexity of Web pages.
  • We have provided printer-friendly functionality in the Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) to render pages more compatible with printers and to prevent printing unnecessary page elements.
  • The site includes a ‘breadcrumb’ directly below the main navigation on each page (except for the homepage) that lets you know where you are and where you have been, or where a particular file resides. Breadcrumbs make it easier to navigate your way back to the root folder.
  • The footer at the bottom of the page, contains navigation links similar to the header. If the page contains a lot of text, users have no need to scroll back to the top of the page to find these links.

Change font size

New browser tools have a magnifying tool that lets you zoom into a page and display all elements at 150 percent, 200 percent, etc. Look for the magnifying tool with a “+” and “-” character. This icon is typically located at the top right of your browser, or at the top, below the standard menu tools. Furthermore, the touch pad can also be used on laptops to increase text size; Zoom in or out by placing two fingers on the touchpad and pinch in or stretch out.

Images

We have used images throughout this web site to add interest and provide variety. These images have been kept as small as possible and should load quickly. In some cases you are able to click through to a larger version of an image from a thumbnail example. Each image is accompanied by an Alternative Text or “ALT” tag. ALT text is the small amount of text that appears when you place your mouse cursor over an image and can be read aloud to the user by screen readers and interpreted by Braille displays.

Useful downloads

Some of the pages on this web site have been created in Adobe Acrobat PDF (Portable Format Document) format. To view these documents you will need to download Acrobat Reader (Opens in new window).