Accessibility

Accessibility features

We offer the following accessibility features on our website - www.skillsforcare.org.uk:

  • a site search function
  • a text only version of the website
  • a breadcrumb trail
  • a comprehensive sitemap 
  • resizable text
  • a 'skip to content' link to help screen reader and keyboard users bypass repeated navigation links
  • a set of access keys to help screen reader and keyboard users navigate to common areas.

Access Keys

    • H = Go Home
    • S = Skip past the navigation and go straight to the content
    • 0 = Search
    • 1 = About Us

Accessibility and usability

Our website meets all the requirements of the WCAG 2.0 AA guidelines. As the site grows over time, we will endeavour to uphold the spirit and best practice of the WCAG guidelines, recognising that web technology is changing rapidly. Our main objective is to create a site which is accessible and usable in practice.

We have provided clear and consistent navigation and a 'breadcrumb trail' to assist orientation within the site. There are also section summaries on the home page and on the introductory page of each area to guide you through the site.

Site code

The site has been built to comply with standards XHTML and CSS3. The code has been checked for accessibility using a range of automated and (more significantly) manual checks. In older browsers (Internet Explorer 6 and earlier) it will appear as an unstyled document. All information will still be accessible.

'Skip Links'

At the top of every page is a hidden 'skip link' that is read by screen-reading software and can be accessed with the tab key on the keyboard. When selected, it will make the screenreader skip past the rest of the menu links to the start of the page content.

Browsealoud

You can also make our website talk by downloading the free text to speech software BrowseAloud. Simply install it and then move your mouse over any text, link, picture or button and BrowseAloud will speak it to you. The download is approximately 2.5Mb.

Make our website look the way you want

My Web My Way is an excellent source of accessibility help for all computer users developed by the BBC and AbilityNet. It provides information on changing colours, text size and other features of our website, and also explains how to apply these settings to any site you visit.

Our registration portal (myaccount.skillsforcare.org.uk) is seperate to this website (www.skillsforcare.org.uk) meets all the requirements of the WCAG 1.0 "Level A" guidelines. As the site grows over time, we will endeavour to uphold the spirit and best practice of the WCAG guidelines, recognising that web technology is changing rapidly. Our main objective is to create a site which is accessible and usable in practice.

We have provided clear and consistent navigation and a 'breadcrumb trail' to assist orientation within the site. There are also section summaries on the home page and on the introductory page of each area to guide you through the site. 

Increasing text size

Web pages can sometimes be difficult to read for users with viewing disabilities. It is possible to increase or decrease the size of the text onscreen by following the steps listed below:

Increasing text size in Firefox:
1. Select 'View' in the menu bar.
2. Select the 'Text Size' option.
3. Select Increase, Decrease or Normal to modify the text size.
4. Alternatively, you can press the 'Ctrl' and '+' keys to increase the text size, 'Ctrl' and '-' keys to decrease the text size or the 'Ctrl' and '0' keys to return the text size to its normal size.

Increasing text size in Internet Explorer:
1. Select the 'View' menu.
2. Select the 'Text Size' option.
3. Select the desired text size.
4. Alternatively, you can press the 'Ctrl' and '+' keys to increase the text size, 'Ctrl' and '-' keys to decrease the text size or the 'Ctrl' and '0' keys to return the text to its normal size.

Increasing text size in Safari:
1. Select 'View' in the menu bar.
2. Select either 'Make Text Bigger' or 'Make Text Smaller'.
3. Alternatively, you can press the 'Apple' and '+' keys to increase the text size or 'Apple' and '-' keys to decrease the text size.

The site has been built to comply with standards XHTML and CSS2. The code has been checked for accessibility using a range of automated and (more significantly) manual checks. In older browsers (Netscape and Internet Explorer 4 and earlier) it will appear as an unstyled document. All information and functionality will still be accessible.

We welcome feedback on the accessibility and usability of our website. If you have had any problems or any issues while using our site, please let us know. Email, phone and address details are on our contact us page.

 

 

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