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Accessibility

General accessibility

The PDRHA website is compliant with World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) standards, meaning it has been designed for maximum accessibility to visitors of all ages and ability and as such is compatible with:

  • On-screen magnifiers/re-sizers
  • Text-to-speech software (although see next section)
  • Google Translate
  • Other assistive technologies
  • Tablets and smartphones

The PDRHA website is also compliant with World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) coding standards.

Compatibility with global accessibility standards

The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) is a global technical standard from the Web Accessibility Initiative (W3C) that means websites have fulfilled a set of basic goals to make content more accessible to visitors with a disability. To meet the needs of different groups, three levels of conformance are defined by the WCAG: A (lowest), AA, and AAA. WCAG has 12 guidelines that are organized under 4 principles: perceivable, operable, understandable, and robust. For each guideline, there are testable success criteria, which are at three levels: A, AA, and AAA.

Listening to content on this website

The PDRHA website uses built-in BrowseAloud software which allows visitors who need reading support to listen to all content. People who need reading support include those with:

  • dyslexia
  • learning difficulties
  • mild visual impairments
  • English as a second language

To activate this free facility, click on the BrowseAloud logo at the top right-hand side of this and every page. It works on all major browsers.

Recording content on this website

The PDRHA website uses software which allows you to record any content so that the 20% of the population who require reading support can access the information we provide at a time to suit them. People who need reading support include those with:

  • dyslexia
  • learning difficulties
  • mild visual impairments
  • English as a second language

To activate this free facility, click on the BrowseAloud logo at the top right-hand side of this and every page. It works on all major browsers.