Accessibility

This site has been designed with accessibility in mind and incorporates a number of features to help you get to the information you need.

Computer image KIDS eLearning is committed to making its website accessible to all internet users and to meeting the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995.

We welcome input and advice from our site users. If you should be aware of a non-compliance with The Act, and/or general best practice in this respect, please e-mail eLearning@kids.org.uk

RNIB and RNID have created some excellent online resources for those who would like help with accessibility issues.

For details of resources available to help people with visual disabilities visit www.rnib.org.uk

To find out about accessibility initiatives being developed for people with hearing disabilities, visit www.rnid.org.uk

Accessibility resources

There are many tools available to help people use the internet.

Screen readers
Screen readers turn text into speech and enable blind and visually impaired people who cannot see the screen to fully access their computer. This website is fully accessible to screen readers.

A range of screen readers are available and further information can be found in the RNIB’s guide to using a computer without vision. Screen readers can be very expensive, but Thunder is a relatively new screen reader which is available free for personal use. For those using an Apple Mac, VoiceOver is a screen reader built into the operating system.

Screen magnifiers
Screen magnifiers enlarge the screen, so visually impaired people can read the text. A wide range of screen magnifiers are available. For further information please see the RNIB’s guide to screen magnification software.

Hardware tools
Hardware tools help users who have trouble using the computer mouse.

You can use the Tab key to move between links and between sections of a form on this website.

Holding down the Shift key and pressing Tab will move you back up the page. You can use the Return key to follow a link or to select an option in a form.

The Up and Down keys allow you to select options from drop-down menus.

You may also want investigate if mouse replacements devices like a trackball would help. Please see the AbilityNet guide to Alternative mice.

Voice recognition software
Voice recognition software helps a wide range of users from those who suffer from RSI and dyslexia to those who suffer from dyspraxia and have problems using the keyboard. By speaking commands, the computer can respond by performing an action, be that writing a letter, or opening an application or website. For further information please see the AbilityNet guide to voice recognition.

Other useful resources
For general help with using the web, visit the BBC's Webwise website.

For detailed information about changing fonts and font sizes using different web browsers and operating systems, and using the keyboard instead of the mouse, try the sites listed below:

Last modified: Tuesday, 21 August 2012, 07:57 AM
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