Help using this site

We are committed to ensuring that this website is accessible to the widest possible audience, regardless of technology or ability.

If you have any questions or suggestions regarding the accessibility of this site, or if you have difficulty using any part of it, please contact us using the feedback form.

You can easily configure your computer, tablet device or mobile phone to make websites more accessible. 

Configuring your computer

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If you are using a Windows operating system

Windows offer many accessibility features in their Ease of Access Center

This includes:

  • Using the computer without a display through their screen reader, called Narrator.

  • Using the computer without a mouse or keyboard through an on screen keyboard or speech recognition.

  • Making the mouse easier to use by changing the size and colour of the mouse pointer and / or using the keyboard to control the mouse.

  • Making the keyboard easier to use by adjusting the way that Windows responds to mouse or keyboard input.

  • Using text and visual alternatives for sound.

  • Making it easier to focus on reading or typing by having information on the screen narrated and adjusting how the keyboard responds to certain keystrokes.

Further information on personalisation and ease of access for Windows can be found on the Microsoft website.

If you are using an Apple operating system

Apple also offer a range of accessibility features, these include:

  • Using the computer without a display through the Voiceover screen reader that lets you interact using gestures, a keyboard or braille display.

  • A magnifier to enlarge the screen, colour contrasting options to better see what is on display and an adjustable cursor size.

  • Dictation so that you can talk instead of typing.

  • A variety of devices to control the keyboard and menus, including a joystick, the keyboard spacebar and mouse track pad.

  • Making the keyboard easier to use by adjusting the sensitivity of the keys or using an onscreen keyboard.

Further information about assistive technologies for Apple computers can be found on the Apple website.

 

Configuring your mobile phone or tablet device

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If you are using an Android device

The features on Android tablets and mobile phones include:

  • Using your tablet or mobile phone without a display through activating the TalkBack screen reader.

  • Making screen content and the keyboard appear in Braille by downloading the BrailleBack app.

  • Interacting with your tablet or mobile phone using switch access, helpful for users with mobility limitations.

  • Making the tablet device or mobile phone display easier to use through captions, magnification, large text and high contrast text.

Further information can be found on the Android accessibility help website.

If you are using a Windows device

Accessibility features on Windows tablet devices and mobile phones include:

  • Making the tablet devices or mobile phone display clearer to read by changing the size of text and using a high contrast theme.

  • Using the screen without the display through the Narrator screen reader tool.

  • Magnify the screen and zoom in on web content.

Further information can be found on the Windows phone website.

If you are using an Apple device

Accessibility features on Apple tablet devices and mobile phones include:

  • Making the screen clear to read by using inverted colours, larger text and increased colour contrast.

  • Magnify the screen and zoom in on content.

  • Using the screen without the display through voiceovers and speak selection.

Further information can be found on the Apple website.

Further help

If you or someone you know would like some further help on how to use the internet and technology you can try booking into a learning service at one of the Bradford Council libraries. Age UK in Bradford and District also run IT workshops.

How do I listen to this site?

There are a number of ways in which you can listen to this website. Your computer’s operating system should have a built-in speech function (please see the relevant operating system above) which will read your screen aloud. To find out how you can use this functionality, please visit the BBC accessibility guide.

If you use Google Chrome as a web browser you can use their free app, ChromeVox. There are also other third party screen reader software tools available.

Contact us

If you have any problems accessing any information on the site, please contact us using the feedback form and we will try to fix the problem or provide the information in an appropriate format.

Useful links

If you would like any further information or advice about accessibility, please visit the BBC accessibility pages or the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).