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Accessibility

We have tried to make this website easily to use for people of all abilities and disabilities.

It meets all the government requirements around disability but maintaining an accessible website is an ongoing process and we are continually working to offer a user friendly experience. If you have any problems using this website, or want to contact us with any suggestions about how we could improve things, please contact the web team.

Recent advances in operating systems, web browsers and device functionality now mean that most devices have their own built in accessibility aids (or assistive technologies) to help you access and use your computer and browse the internet.

To assist with website accessibility please refer to:

Navigation assistance: keyboard or mouse?

If you have restricted mobility, or wish to avoid repetitive strain injury, you may find it useful to use your keyboard instead of your mouse to get around our website.

By using the Tab and Enter keys on your keyboard, it is possible to navigate and access all areas of our website.

The Tab key allows you to move and browse amongst the menus and links displayed on each page, and pressing Enter will activate your request for a particular menu or link.

The arrow keys on the keyboard will enable you to move up or down the page or from left to right.

Alternatively you can swap your mouse buttons over to make it 'left handed', or slow the mouse down to make it easier to follow or double click.

The following information and advice is available on the BBC's My web my way website:

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Changing text size

Please click on the 'large text' or 'normal text' button at the top of this website to enlarge or reduce the text size - this will require you to set a cookie to remember your chosen setting.

There are two text sizes available ('normal' or 'large'), choose your desired size and this will automatically change the size of wording in our website.

Alternatively to increase or decrease font size by zooming the whole webpages in or out you can do a 'Ctrl +' or 'Ctrl -' on the keyboard, or you can do the same using your mouse by holding down the 'Ctrl' key on the keyboard and using your mouse 'scroll' wheel. To reset the screen to normal do a 'Ctrl 0' on the keyboard.

The following information and advice is available on the BBC's My web my way website:

See also:

You can also see a short movie (2 minutes 42 seconds) by Accessify about:

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Changing screen contrast and/or text and background colours

Please click on the 'high contrast' or 'normal contrast' button at the top of this website to toggle between the two available screen contrast settings - this will require you to set a cookie to remember your chosen setting.

The following information and advice is available on the BBC's My web my way website:

See also:

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Text to speech - screen readers and talking browsers (how to make your computer speak text aloud)

There are a number of free ways to get your device to 'read text' to you from your screen.

The following information and advice is available on the BBC's My web my way website:

See also:

Screen readers

Screen readers can be free, or some are paid for systems, that you install on your device to help you use it.

The Adur & Worthing Councils' website should be compatible with recent versions of the following screen readers: JAWS, ZoomText, NVDA, VoiceOver (Apple), Window Eyes, Supernova screen readers, MAGic, etc - see also screen readers on the Wikipedia website

The site should also be compatible with:

  • operating system speech packages (see BBC and RNIB links below)
  • speech recognition software, eg Dragon Naturally Speaking
  • basic operating system screen magnifiers

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Useful tips for accessing information

PDF (Portable Document Format) documents

Throughout our website we use PDF (Portable Document Format) documents which are accessed by clicking on appropriate document links.

To view a PDF document you may need to download Adobe's Acrobat Reader first. This is a free software package and is available from the Adobe Reader download website.

Other advice

The BBC and RNIB website give very easy to follow step by step instructions on how to adjust your computers, web browsers, mobile phones and other gadgets to suit your own particular needs:

Other sites you may find of interest include:

You can see a short movie (2 minutes 42 seconds) by Accessify about:

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