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This site has been built with findability, accessibility and usability in mind, so we hope you can find, access and use the information you need. This page offers additional advice for accessibility when using the site.
There are some programs available which allow your computer to talk to you. Windows Narrator is a basic screen-reading program, offering speech feedback for all menus and dialog boxes, Windows Explorer and Notepad but will not speak out a whole Word documents or web page. There are however, a number of text to speech programs available any selected text to be spoken back to the user. (Window's Narrator is currently only available for Windows 2000 and XP) **Mac OS:** > Go to '**System Preferences**' and select '**Universal Access**'. From here you can turn on the text to speech function.
The website has been designed to change according to the device you are viewing it on. So you should find the text easy to read and the layout easy to follow.
Equally, users of screen reading software should find the site layout easy to navigate and the image descriptions informative.
You can control the size of the text and change fonts if you wish. Here's how:
To change the text size in Internet Explorer (a typical Windows browser):
Select View in the menu bar
Select Text Size
You'll get a list of different font (text) size options – choose the size that's appropriate for you.
To change the text size in Safari (a typical Mac OS X browser):
Select the View menu from the Finder bar
Select Make Text Bigger and choose the size that's appropriate for you.
In addition to text size – the font type (i.e. Arial, Verdana, etc) is also selectable via the browser.
To display web page text in a different font in Internet Explorer:
Go to the Tools menu and click on Internet Options
On the General tab, click Fonts
In the Web page font and Plain text font lists, click on the fonts that you want to use.
Magnifying the screen
You could try magnifying the screen if increasing the text size does not make text easy to read.
Mac OS users:
Go to 'System Preferences' and click on 'Universal user'. Here you can magnify the screen and have the option to turn on the 'text to speech' function.
All recent versions of Windows include magnification software. This allows you to greatly increase text size, but is restricted to a small portion of the screen.
To use Windows magnifier click on the 'Start' menu, then select 'Programs', 'Accessories', 'Magnifier'. The settings dialog box will appear; from here you can adjust the magnification as desired.
The way you experience this website can be adjusted through your browser or phone settings. These websites provide further advice for your browser or device.
For information about accessibility options using a Windows PC see Windows Accessibility features
For information about accessibility options using an Apple PC see Apple accessibility for OSX
On an iPhone or iPad
For information about accessibility options using an iPhone see Apple accessibility for ios
On an Android device
For information about accessibility options using an Android device see the Android accessibility help centre