Website Accessibility

DDA Compliance

This web site is compliant with the UK Disabilities Discriminations Act, where from 1st October 1999 "a service provider has to take reasonable steps to change a practice which makes it unreasonably difficult for disabled people to make use of its services (including web sites)"

Access Keys

We have provided a number of keyboard shortcuts to help users who have difficulty in using pointing devices such as a mouse. Our access keys are as follows:

  • + - Open / Close Navigation Menu
  • 1 - Home
  • 8 - Contact Us
  • x - Sitemap
  • c - Website Accessibility

NOTE: Pressing the 'Tab' key while on a web page will select the next link on the page. Press 'Tab' repeatedly to get to the chosen link. The selected link is indicated by the dotted border around the link. Once your chosen link is selected, you can trigger it by pressing the 'Enter' key on your keyboard. You can move backwards through links by pressing 'Shift' + 'Tab' together.

Using Access K​eys

Alt + Shift + key
Firefox 14+:
Control + Alt + key
Control + key
Alt + key
Internet Explorer
Alt + key
Google Chrome
Alt + key
Control + Alt + key
Alt + key
Control + Alt + key
Opera 15+
Alt + key
Control + Alt + key
Opera 12

Shift + Esc opens a contents list which are accessible by accesskey.
Then you can choose an item by pressing key

Internet Browser Accessibility

Most modern browsers all share the most common accessibility tools, here is a list of useful features:

  • Incremental Search
    Incremental search allows you to progressively search a web page for a particular word or phrase on a page. To enable this on your browser, press and hold Ctrl/Command and then tap F. This will open a box to type your search into. As you type, the matches will be highlighted on the page for you.

  • Spatial Navigation
    Hitting tab will jump you to each of the items you can interact with on any page. Holding the SHIFT key and then pressing tab will take you to the previous item.  

  • Caret Navigation (Internet Explorer and Firefox only)
    Instead of using a mouse to select text and move around within a webpage, you can use standard navigation keys on your keyboard: Home, End, Page Up, Page Down & the arrow keys. 
    This feature is named after the caret, or cursor, that appears when you edit a document.
    To turn this feature on, press the F7 key at the top of your keyboard and choose whether to enable the caret on the tab you are viewing or all your tabs.

  • Space bar
    Pressing the space bar on a web page will move the page you are viewing down to the next visible part of the page.

  • Text fonts
    Depending on your browser, you can override all fonts on the site to one that is easier for you to read. 
    Options can be found in your browser's settings/preferences.



This website is designed to be compatible with recent versions of the following screen readers:

  • JAWS
  • NVDA
  • VoiceOver

The site is also designed to be compatible with:

  • basic operating system screen magnifiers, such as ZoomText magnifier
  • speech recognition software, such as Dragon Naturally Speaking
  • operating system speech packages