Ensuring accessibility for everyone on our website is important to our commitment to enable access for disabled users.
So that we meet the highest standards of access for all, we test, maintain and modify our webpages to meet the government level of accessibility required.
The implementation of this website meant revising and restructuring the design to enable a dramatic improvement in the level of accessibility compliance across the site.
If you would like to access this website in a different language, you may change the language settings using the accessibility section in the header of the website.
Content and readability
All the content was reviewed and written in plain English, so that content is easy to read, in-line with similar principles to gov.uk “simpler, clearer, faster”.
Browsealoud helps to reduce barriers between the content on this website and our audiences who visit. The software adds speech, reading and translation support for those people with Dyslexia, learning difficulties, English as a second language and those who have mild visual impairments.
- Text-to-speech with a choice of reading speeds
- Translates the web pages into 99 languages
- Speak translated text aloud in a choice of 40 languages
- A magnifying tool to help people who have visual impairments
- MP3 generator which allows offline listening
- A screen mask tool which blocks on-screen clutter, allowing readers to focus better when the text is being read
To access Browsealoud on this website, simply click on the wheelchair icon (as seen in Image 1) which appears at the top of every page (about three quarters along). A drop down menu will appear and you will need to click on the orange headphone icon (image 1) which will bring up a toolbar as seen in Image 2. Here you will have the choice of tools to use depending on your individual need.
Making health and social care information accessible
From 31 July 2016, all organisations that provide NHS care or adult social care are legally required to follow the Accessible Information Standard.
The standard aims to make sure that people who have a disability, impairment or sensory loss are provided with information that they can easily read or understand with support so they can communicate effectively with health and social care services.
If you or someone you know is experiencing problems accessing this website, or if you have any comments, please contact us.