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Digital accessibility

We think that people with disabilities or learning difficulties should have access to the same resources and opportunities as everybody else, regardless of ability, background or access to technology, which is why we consider digital accessibility a priority. This is a fundamental part of what we believe as an organisation and it’s important to us that our website reflects these values.

We comply with Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0) to the greatest degree we can, and where possible extend this to AA and AAA compliance. We also test this website for digital accessibility with real people using screenreaders and other assistive technologies. This way, we make sure that we continually improve this website so that everyone can use it. All our printed publications are available in Braille, large print and as audio versions. If you’d like to receive a copy of any publications in these formats, please email us at

We’ve made our site as accessible as we can:


We use cascading stylesheets to control presentation, which means content is well structured and easy to access using assistive technology.


We’ve designed our pages and chosen colours to make sure our designs don’t make things unnecessarily difficult for people who are visually impaired or colourblind.


We test our content for digital accessibility against WCAG 2.0 accessibility standards and with real people.

Help with your accessibility features

The operating system of your computer and your internet browser also have built-in accessibility features. For example, if it is helpful to you, you can use your browser to help you read this website by increasing the text size on your screen:

Microsoft Internet Explorer or Microsoft Edge

  • Click on ‘View’ in your menu bar.
  • From the list that appears, click ‘Text size’.
  • You’ll be given a list of options ranging from smallest to largest. Select the option that suits you.

Apple Safari

  • Hold down the Apple Key and press the plus (+) key.
  • This makes the text larger – repeat the first step to increase the text size again.
  • If you need to make the text smaller, press the Apple Key on your keyboard and the minus (-) key.

Mozilla Firefox

  • Hold down the Ctrl button on your keyboard and press the plus (+) key.
  • This makes the text larger – repeat the first step to increase the text size again.
  • If you need to make the text smaller, press Ctrl on your keyboard and the minus (-) key.

Google Chrome

  • Click the ‘Customise and Control’ spanner symbol in the top right hand corner (Alt + E).
  • Select ‘Settings’ or, if you are using Mac or Linux operating systems, ‘Preferences’.
  • Click on ‘Under the Bonnet’ and customise your fonts and font size in the ‘Web Content’ section.

There’s a lot more that you can do with your browser, operating system and computer, tablet or smartphone to improve your browsing experience. Have a look at the BBC’s excellent My Web My Way website for guidance and step-by-step instructions.

We’d love to hear from you if you have feedback or suggestions about how we can make this website more accessible: email to share your thoughts with us.

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