Accessibility

OSCR's website follows the W3C's Website Accessibility Initiative (WAI) guidelines. Find out more about how you can improve this website's accessibility

SpeakIT Plus

Visitors to OSCR's website can listen to content by using SpeakIT Plus.

SpeakIT Plus is a free tool which is used  to 'read' web pages aloud. The service is designed to improve access to information and services on our website for people who have difficulties reading online.

The service can be accessed by simply clicking on the 'listen to our website' button available from the toolbar at the top or our web page.  There is no download needed for this software.  When you select the link the SpeakIT Plus toolbar appears, ready to use. 

Text size

You can change the text size by using the text size button (4 A's) located at the top of all our web pages.

Changing colours

Changing the site's background colour can be particularly useful for users who rely on magnification technology as white can produce an uncomfortable glare. It is also possible to change the colour of body text on the site. Both can be achieved by changing preferences in your browser:
  • If you use Microsoft Internet Explorer, go to the "Tools" menu, select "Internet Options", select "Colors" and make changes to text and background colours in the Colors panel. Then choose the "Accessibility" button and tick the box labelled "Ignore colours specified on Web"
  • If you use Netscape Navigator, go to the "Edit" menu, select "Preferences", open the "Appearance" menu and select "Colors". You can set the colour of text and background from here.

Viewing PDFs (Portable Document Format)

Some of our documents are in PDF format which means they can only be viewed using Adobe Reader. This software is available free of charge from the Adobe web site
All PDF documents on this site will open in a new Web browser window. After viewing or printing the document, you can close the new Web browser window by using the close button at the top right hand corner.
Adobe also offer other useful resources and tools to aid the accessibility of PDFs, these can be accessed from their website.