We’re committed to making our website as accessible as possible to all audiences (including those with visual, hearing, cognitive or motor impairments) to meet its requirements under the Disability Discrimination Act.
What is Accessibility?
In this instance, accessibility refers to the attempt to ensure that our sites content can be read by everyone, regardless of disability and technology used.
We understand that accessibility should not be seen as an “optional extra”, but must be considered as a fundamental consideration at every stage of site development work, and we try to ensure that our media works consistently with its assistive technologies to ensure an accessible experience for disabled users.
Often people are at a disadvantage when browsing a web site because they have not been accounted for in the design of the site. We have tried to provide a high level of accessibility and developments in this regard are ongoing.
You can use Browse Aloud to listen to text and you can enlarge text as can be done with most websites.
The UK Government provides access key guidelines (2.4.4 UK Government access keys standard), which we also use on our website:
1 - Home page
2 - For young carers
3 - Meet young carers
4 - Activities and clubs
5 - For 14-25s
6 - For parents
7 - For referrers
8 - Help us fundraise
9 - Information downloads
10 - News
11 - Work for us
12 - Volunteer
13 - Helpful links
14 - Feedback
A - Accessibility
See the Wikipedia entry on Access Keys for information on how to use them across different web broswers
Accessible for all
Below are examples of ways the site is made more accessible to people:
- Pictures have descriptive text (alt attributes) in addition to text
- Built using Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), to set the colour, size and layout of the text within each page
- Link text contains information about their destination and there is suitable space around links
- The simplest, clearest and most compact language appropriate for the site’s content is used
- Navigation is consistent and different sections of the page are clearly defined
- To ensure better understanding for those whose concentration of long pieces of information may not last (for instance, individuals with learning disabilities), information has been reduced, where possible, and relevant information has been grouped and displayed in different pages
- Font is appropriate, easy to read and meets contrast guidelines ensuring increased contrast between background and text for readability purposes.
- Tables and pop-ups are avoided where possible
- Flickering screens/images are avoided
- Flash is avoided for all navigation and information based content. The Flash player is only required to listen to any audio content (MP3 files)
This is a representative sample of guidelines that we aim to adhere to. Please contact us if you have any accessibility concerns.