Accessibility

How you can change our site to suit you

We have designed our website in an accessible, inclusive way, in accordance with the guidelines provided by the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI).

You can change the settings on your computer to make the website easier to read or follow using screen reader technology.

Changing the size and colour of the text

Most internet browsers, such as Internet Explorer or Safari, allow you to change the text to be the size and colour you prefer. Many operating systems also come with a built-in screen magnifier that allows you to enlarge a section of the screen.

Changing your keyboard and mouse settings

Some people cannot use a mouse, or prefer to work with a keyboard. You can change your computer settings to use a keyboard to navigate through our website. If you can use a mouse, but find it difficult, there are ways to make your mouse easier to use.

Useful help about accessible websites

We've put together the accessibility information to help with some of the most common settings. A lot of the information has been taken from the excellent work of others seeking to make the web an accessible place for all, for example Citizens Advice, Cancer Research UK and the BBC. For more detailed information on making websites work for you, the BBC My Web My Way pages is an excellent resource.

If you are having problems with using our website, please contact us at info@diversityrolemodels.org to let us know.

 How to change the size of the text

The instructions are different based on whether you use a computer that runs on Windows, Mac OS or on another operating system, and which browser you use.

You can find out which browser you're using by going to the "Help" menu and choosing "About".  If you have problems changing your settings, use the "Help" menu in your browser toolbar.

Making text larger in Internet Explorer in Windows

  1. On the browser menu select "View"
  2. Select "Text Size"
  3. Choose the text size you prefer

You can also use these instructions if you want to reset the text size back to the automatic setting, "Default".

Some websites have fixed text that cannot be changed. If you would like to make sure that your chosen text size will apply to all web pages you view:

  1. On the browser Tools menu select "Internet Options"
  2. On the General tab, select "Accessibility"
  3. Tick the three checkboxes
  4. Tick the "Ignore font sizes specified on web pages" checkbox
  5. Click "OK" or press "Enter" on your keyboard

Making text larger in Firefox in Windows

  1. Open the "View" menu
  2. Select the "Text Size" option
  3. Increase or decrease the text size
  4. You can also use your keyboard: press "Ctrl" and "+" together to make the text bigger or "Ctrl" and "-"to make it smaller. "Ctrl" and "0"' returns you to the default size.

Making the text larger in Internet Explorer in Mac OS

  1. On the browser menu select "View"
  2. Select "Text Zoom"
  3. Choose the text size you prefer

Some websites have fixed text that cannot be changed. If you would like to make sure that your chosen text size will apply to all web pages you view:

  1. On the browser Tools menu select "Internet Options"
  2. On the General tab, select "Accessibility"
  3. Tick the three checkboxes
  4. Tick the "Ignore font sizes specified on web pages" checkbox
  5. Click "OK" or press "Enter" on your keyboard

Making text larger in Firefox in Mac OS

  1. Open the "View" menu
  2. Select the "Text Size" option
  3. Increase or decrease the text size
  4. You can also use your keyboard: press "Apple" and "+" together to make the text bigger or "Apple" and "-" to make it smaller. "Apple" and "0" returns you to the default size.

Other operating systems or browsers

If your operating system or browser isn't listed here, the BBC's My Web My Way website has further, illustrated, instructions for changing text size.

 How to change the colour of text

The instructions are different based on whether you use a computer that runs on Windows, Mac OS or on another operating system, and which browser you use.

You can find out which browser you're using by going to the "Help" menu and choosing "About".  If you have problems changing your settings, use the "Help" menu in your browser toolbar.

Changing the colours in Internet Explorer in Windows

  1. Open the "Tools" menu and select "Internet Options"
  2. Select the "Accessibility" tab
  3. Tick the "Ignore colours specified on web page" checkbox
  4. Click the "OK" button or press "Enter" on your keyboard once to return to the "Internet Options" box

This will make the website use the colour scheme you have on your computer. If you would like to choose your own colour scheme just for Internet Explorer:

  1. with the "Internet Options" box still open, select the "Colours" button
  2. Untick the "Use Windows colours" checkbox
  3. You can then select the colour swatch next to "Text" and choose your text colour, and repeat the process for your background colour
  4. Click "OK" or press "Enter" on your keyboard to return to Internet Explorer

Changing the colours in Firefox in Windows

  1. Open the "Tools" menu and select "Options"
  2. Select the "Content" tab and click on the "Colours" button
  3. Untick the "Allow pages to use their own colours" check box
  4. To use your Windows colour scheme settings in Firefox, make sure the "Use system colours" checkbox is ticked
  5. To choose your own colour scheme for Firefox, untick the "Use system colours" checkbox. Select the colour swatch next to "Text" and choose your text colour, and repeat the process for your background colour
  6. You will need to reload the page to see your new colour settings

Changing the colours in Internet Explorer in Mac OS

  1. Open the "Explorer" menu and select "Preferences"
  2. If you cannot see a list of bulleted options under "Web Browser", expand the options list.
  3. Select the "Web Content" section
  4. Select the colour swatch next to "Text" and choose a colour using the Mac OS colour picker - either use your mouse to select a colour from the circle and a brightness level from the bar, or use the tab and cursor keys on your keyboard. Click "OK" or hit "Enter".
  5. Repeat this step for the "Background", "Read Links" and "Unread Link"' if you want to change those colours
  6. When you have changed all the colours you want to, untick the box next to "Page specify colors" checkbox so the web page will use your colours
  7. Click "OK" or press enter to return to Internet Explorer

Changing the colours in Firefox in Mac OS

  1. Open the "Firefox" menu and select "Preferences"
  2. Select the "Content" tab and click on the "Colours" button
  3. Untick the "Allow pages to use their own colours" check box
  4. To use your Mac OS colour scheme settings in Firefox, make sure the "Use system colours" checkbox is ticked
  5. To choose your own colour scheme for Firefox, untick the "Use system colours" checkbox. Select the colour swatch next to "Text" and choose your text colour, and repeat the process for your background colour
  6. You will need to reload the page to see your new colour settings

Other operating systems or browsers

If your operating system or browser isn't listed here, the BBC's My Web My Way website has further, illustrated, instructions.

 How to use a screen magnifier

Your computer may have a magnifier program that allows you to magnify a portion of your screen. You can use this on a web page, or anything else you want to see more clearly.

Using the Windows magnifier

  1. Open the "Start" menu on the computer
  2. Select "Programs" and then "Accessories"
  3. Select "Accessibility" and then "Magnifier"
  4. The magnifier is now turned on and the settings box appears
  5. You can use the magnification level box to change the size
  6. Minimise the magnifier settings box to see the page you were looking at

Magnifying the screen in Mac OSX

Mac OSX has a built in magnifier called Zoom.

  1. Make sure you are in "Finder" and open the "Apple" menu
  2. Select "System Preferences..." and then the "Universal Access" icon
  3. Select the "Seeing" tab and then 'Turn on Zoom'
  4. To zoom in press "Alt" + "Apple" + "+" on your keyboard, and to zoom out press "Alt" + "Apple" + "-". Move the cursor around the screen to view the magnified page
  5. To change the Maximum and Minimum Zoom settings click on "Zoom Options..." or press '"Tab" until "Zoom Options..." is highlighted and then press the space bar on your keyboard
  6. You can turn the magnification on or off by pressing "Alt" + "Apple" + "*"

Magnifying the screen in Mac OS 8 and 9

The Mac OS includes an optional screen magnification program called "CloseView". If it is not installed on your computer you can find it on the Mac OS CD-Rom under CD Extras: Universal Access: CloseView.  If you do not have a Mac OS CD-Rom, you can download it on the internet, at Apple Macintosh Software Toolkit.

  1. Once you have "CloseView" installed, open it by opening the "Apple" menu on the computer and from the "Control Panels" sub menu selecting "CloseView"
  2. From here you can turn "CloseView" on and off, set the magnification scale for example x2, invert the colours of the screen to white text on a black background and turn the "CloseView" keyboard shortcuts on and off
  3. With the "Keyboard Shortcuts" on you can use these "CloseView" commands from within any program at any time
  4. "Alt" + "Apple" + "K" Turn CloseView on or off
  5. "Alt" + "Apple" + "X" Turn magnification on or off
  6. "Alt" + "Apple" + "+" Increase magnification
  7. "Alt" + "Apple" + "-" Decrease magnification

Other operating systems or browsers

If your operating system or browser isn't listed here, the BBC's My Web My Way website has further, illustrated, instructions.

 How to change your keyboard settings

You can change your computer settings to use a keyboard to navigate through our website.

Using your keyboard to get around a web page in Windows

  • Decrease text size - "Ctrl" + "-"
  • Increase text size - "Ctrl" + "+"
  • Move to next link/button/form field -"Tab"
  • Move to previous link/button/form field - "Shift" + "Tab"
  • Find text on this page - "Ctrl" + "F"
  • Move down one page - PageDown
  • Move up one page - PageUp
  • Go to bottom of page - End
  • Go to top of page - Home
  • Open a link in a page or press a button ¿- "Enter" or "Return"
  • Open link in a new tab - "Ctrl" + "Enter" or "Return"
  • Open link in a new window - "Shift" + "Enter" or "Return"

Using your keyboard to fill in an online form in Windows

  • Use "Tab" to navigate around the form
  • Toggle checkbox - "Spacebar" (i.e. use "Tab" to select the checkbox you want and then use "Spacebar" to tick it or untick it)
  • Select radio button - use "Tab" to get to the first radio button, then use arrow keys to select the one you want
  • Move down through drop-down box options - "Alt" + "down" arrow key
  • Undo - "Ctrl" + "Z"
  • Submit form - many forms let you submit by hitting "Enter" or "Return" at any point in the form. On some you will need to use "Tab" until the submit button is highlighted before hitting "Enter" or "Return"

Using your keyboard to get around a web page in Mac OS

  • Decrease text size - "Apple" + "-"
  • Increase text size - "Apple" + "+"
  • Move to next link/button/form field - "Tab"
  • Move to previous link/button/form field - "Shift" + "Tab"
  • Find text on this page - "Apple" + "F"
  • Move down one page - PageDown
  • Move up one page - PageUp
  • Go to bottom of page - End
  • Go to top of page - Home
  • Open a link in a page or press a button - "Enter" or "Return"
  • Open link in a new tab - "Apple" + "Enter" or "Return"
  • Open link in a new window - "Shift" + "Enter" or "Return"

Using your keyboard to fill in an online form in Mac OS

  • Use "Tab" to navigate around the form
  • Toggle checkbox - spacebar (i.e. use "Tab" to select the checkbox you want and then use spacebar to tick it or untick it)
  • Select radio button - use "Tab" to get to the first radio button, then use arrow keys to select the one you want
  • Move down through drop-down box options - "Option" + down arrow key
  • Undo - "Apple" + "Z"
  • Submit form - many forms let you submit by hitting "Enter" or "Return" at any point in the form. On some you will need to use "Tab" until the submit button is highlighted before hitting "Enter" or "Return"

Using keyboard shortcuts to work your browser in Windows

  • Start your internet browser - "Windows" key + "I"
  • New window (once your browser is open) - "Ctrl" + "N"
  • New tab - "Ctrl" + "T"
  • Move to next tab - "Ctrl" + "Tab"
  • Move to previous tab - "Ctrl" + "Shift" + "Tab"
  • Close tab - "Ctrl" + "F4"
  • Close browser window - "Alt" + "F4"

Using keyboard shortcuts to navigate the Web in Windows

  • Select the address bar - "Alt" + "D"
  • Reload/refresh the current page - "F5"
  • Stop downloading the current page - "Escape"
  • Back to previous page - "Backspace"
  • Forward to next page (previously downloaded) - "Shift" + "Backspace"
  • Go to your Home page - "Alt" + "Home"
  • Web search - "Ctrl" + "K" to skip to the search in Firefox, or "Ctrl" + "E" to open the search pane in Internet Explorer
  • Bookmark current page as a favourite - "Ctrl" + "D"
  • Open Bookmarks/Favourites pane - "Ctrl" + "I"
  • Open History pane - "Ctrl" + "H"

Using keyboard shortcuts to work your browser in Mac OS

  • New window (once your browser is open) - "Apple" + "N"
  • New tab - "Apple" + "T"
  • Move to next tab - "Apple" + "Option" + "Tab"
  • Move to previous tab - "Apple" + "Shift" + "Tab"
  • Close tab - "Apple" + "F4"
  • Close browser window - "Option" + "F4"

Using keyboard shortcuts to navigate the Web in Mac OS

  • Select the address bar - "Option" + "D"
  • Reload/refresh the current page - "F5"
  • Stop downloading the current page - "Escape"
  • Back to previous page - "Backspace"
  • Forward to next page (previously downloaded) - "Shift" + "Backspace"
  • Go to your Home page - "Option" + "Home"
  • Web search - "Apple" + "K" to skip to the search in Firefox, or "Apple" + "E" to open the search pane in Internet Explorer
  • Bookmark current page as a favourite - "Apple" + "D"
  • Open Bookmarks/Favourites pane - "Apple" + "B"
  • Open History pane - "Apple" + "H"

 Making your mouse easier to use

There are two things that you can do that solve most of the problems people have with using a mouse on a computer. You can slow down your mouse so that the pointer travels across the screen at a speed you are happy with. You can also slow down the double-click speed of your mouse.

Slowing down your mouse in Windows XP

  1. Open the "Start" menu and select the "Control Panel"
  2. You may see the text "Pick a category" as the main title on the page and under the Control Panel title "Switch to Classic View". If your view looks like this, you are currently in "Category View" and you need to select "Switch to Classic View"
  3. Select "Mouse", and the "Mouse Properties" page will be displayed
  4. Select the "Pointer Options" tab
  5. Adjust the "Pointer Speed" as you want and click "OK" or press "Enter" to confirm your choice and exit the mouse properties

Slowing down your mouse in Windows 95,98,2000 or Me

  1. Open the "Start" menu and select "Settings", then the "Control Panel"
  2. Select "Mouse", and the "Mouse Properties" page will be displayed.
  3. Select the "Motion" tab
  4. Adjust the "Pointer Speed" as you want and click "OK" or press "Enter" to confirm your choice and exit the mouse properties

Slowing down your mouse in Mac OSX

  1. Make sure you are in "Finder" and select the "Apple" menu
  2. Select "System Preferences..." and then the "Keyboard & Mouse" icon
  3. Select the "Mouse" tab
  4. Click on the "Tracking Speed" gauge bar to select a more comfortable mouse speed, or press "Tab" and use the left and right arrow keys to select your speed. Note: the speed changes immediately so you can test it until you are happy with your choice
  5. Close the window and return to the Finder desktop

Slowing down your mouse in Mac OS 8 or 9

  1. Select the "Apple" menu, and from the "Control Panels" sub menu select "Mouse"
  2. From here select one of the radio buttons to choose a different mouse speed. The first radio button on the left is the slowest and they become faster as you move to the right
  3. Close the "Mouse" Control Panel and return to the desktop

Slowing down your mouse's double-click speed in Windows XP

  1. Open the "Start" menu and select the "Control Panel"
  2. You may see the text "Pick a category" as the main title on the page and under the Control Panel title "Switch to Classic View". If your view looks like this, you are currently in "Category View" and you need to select "Switch to Classic View"
  3. Select "Mouse", and the "Mouse Properties" page will be displayed
  4. Make sure you have the "Buttons" tab selected
  5. Double click on the picture of a folder to test your double-click speed. If the folder does not open or close you may want to slow down the double-click speed of your mouse to make things easier for yourself. Do this by clicking and dragging the slider towards slow, or press 'Alt' + 'D' and then use the left and right arrow keys to adjust the slider
  6. Click "OK" or press "Enter" to confirm your choice and exit the "Mouse Properties" page

Slowing down your mouse's double-click speed in Windows 95,98,2000 or Me

  1. Open the "Start" menu and select "Settings" and then the "Control Panel"
  2. Select "Mouse", and the "Mouse Properties" page will be displayed
  3. Make sure you have the "Buttons" tab selected
  4. Double click on the picture of a folder to test your double-click speed. If the folder does not open or close you may want to slow down the double-click speed of your mouse to make things easier for yourself. Do this by clicking and dragging the slider towards slow, or press "Alt" + "D" and then use the left and right arrow keys to adjust the slider
  5. Click "OK" or press "Enter" to confirm your choice and exit the "Mouse Properties" page

Slowing down your mouse's double-click speed in Mac OSX

  1. Make sure you are in "Finder" and select the "Apple" menu
  2. Select "System Preferences..." and then the "Keyboard & Mouse" icon
  3. Select the "Mouse" tab
  4. Click on the "Double-Click Speed" gauge bar to select a more comfortable mouse speed, or press "Tab" until the blue pointer is highlighted in the "Double-Click Speed" gauge bar and use the left and right arrow keys to select your speed. Use the box with the text "Double-Click here to test" to check your setting
  5. Close the window and return to the Finder desktop

Slowing down your mouse's double-click speed in Mac OS 8 or 9

  1. Select the "Apple" menu, and from the "Control Panels" sub menu select 'Mouse'
  2. From here select one of the radio buttons in the lower half of the window to select a different "Double-Click" speed. The first radio button on the left is the slowest and they get faster as you go to the right
  3. Test the setting by double clicking on an item in "Finder" - the "Wastebasket/Trash" may be the easiest to test on as it is always in the lower right of the desktop
  4. Close the "Mouse" Control Panel and return to the desktop

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