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Accessibility Statement

We’re committed to easy access for everyone is committed to making our website as accessible as possible to everyone, including those with visual, hearing, cognitive and motor impairments. We work to ensure we provide equal access to all of our users. As part of our commitment to accessibility, we ensure that our website is compatible with:

  • Recent versions of popular screen readers
  • Operating system screen magnifiers
  • Speech recognition software
  • Operating system speech packages

We make the design of the site is flexible and adaptable to different users’ needs or preferences and is accessible through a variety of different technologies, including mobile devices or assistive technologies.

During the development phase we tried to follow WebAIM’s Principles of Accessible Design, and also tried to help improve the accessibility of our website for users with disabilities by:

  • Retaining the ability to adjust the font size in the browser
  • Maintaining colour/contrast ratios for text
  • Providing keyboard accessible navigation

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1

Wherever possible, the site adheres to level AA of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.1). These guidelines outline four main principles which state that sites should be:

  • Perceivable – Information and user interface components must be presentable to users in ways they can perceive
  • Operable – User interface components and navigation must be operable
  • Understandable – Information and the operation of user interface must be understandable
  • Robust – Content must be robust enough that it can be interpreted reliably by a wide variety of user agents, including assistive technologies

Optimising your set-up for your needs

The AbilityNet website provides guidance to make your computer more accessible to optimise use of this site. It offers help with seeing the screen, using your keyboard and mouse, hearing sounds, and with reading and spelling. The BBC My web, My way website also provides accessibility help, enabling computer users to make the most of the internet whatever their ability or disability.

Contacting us

If you would like to request accessibility-related assistance, report any accessibility problems, or request any information in accessible alternative formats, please use one of the methods on our contact us page.

To help us assist you with any issues you have, it is recommended that you read the WAI’s Contacting Organisations about Inaccessible Websites, and provide the information advised in your request.

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