The Don't DIS my ABILITY website has been developed to ensure content is available to the widest possible audience, including readers using assistive technology or accessibility features.
Accessible web design
By adhering to guidelines for accessible web design, we acknowledge the diversity of communication methods, available technologies and current abilities of web users in the community.
The Don't DIS my ABILITY website conforms to the World Wide Web Consortium's (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) version 2.0. The website has been designed to meet the criteria for Level AA of these guidelines.
Accessibility features include:
- Images include ALT tags providing text descriptions to visitors using screen readers or those with images turned off in their internet browsers
- Users can increase or reduce text size by using and icons shown on each web page
- A 'Skip to content' link is placed in the top of each web page to allow users with assistive technology to quickly navigate to the content
- Pages have been designed to be device independent (that is, users can navigate without the use of a mouse).
Accessible PDF documents
To aid users with assistive technology, documents on the website (such as the latest editions of Made You Look) are being made available as accessible Portable Document Format (PDF) with tagging. Where this has not been possible (eg. where certain types of information can not be presented in accessible PDF format), an alternative file format, such as a Rich Text Format (RTF) file or an HTML web page version is being provided.
If you are not able to open PDF files, you can download Adobe Reader from the Adobe website.
Listening to web pages (ReadSpeaker)
ReadSpeaker allows the text on this website to be read out loud to you. It provides assistance if you have trouble reading text online. By having the text read out loud to you, you can understand the information on the website more easily. This makes the website more accessible and more pleasant to visit. As a user you don’t have to download anything. You simply click the listen button and the reading starts automatically.
How does it work?
This is what the listen button looks like on this website:
You can also highlight any words on the page to see the listen button.
When you click the listen button, ReadSpeaker will take a moment to load and will then automatically start reading the text of the web page, or just the text you selected, out loud.
ReadSpeaker has a control panel where you can adjust the volume, pause, stop and restart the reading. Choose 'No sound?' if your browser does not support Flash.
If you click on the Flash player it will be in focus so that you can control it with the keyboard:
- Play/pause: Space bar
- Stop: Esc key
- Increase volume: Up arrow or the + key of the numeric keypad
- Lower Volume: Down arrow or the – key of the numeric keypad
- Fast forward: Right arrow
- Rewind: Left arrow
In the Settings tab you can control the reading speed and other settings. For more information visit ReadSpeaker's text to speech online site.
More accessibility improvements
We are continuing to improve the accessibility of the Don't DIS my ABILITY website as web technologies and assistive technologies change. If you have any questions or comments regarding the accessibility of information on this website, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.