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Bury Hospice Accessibility Statement

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

This website endeavours to conform to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1. These guidelines explain how to make web content more accessible for those with a disability. However, whilst we have done our best to meet the standards that govern website design, we accept there is always the opportunity for improvement and this will be something which is kept under regular review. 

However, if you find any aspect of the website challenging as a consequence of your disability and the way the website has been configured then please do not hesitate to contact the Quality, Governance and Compliance lead by email (greggpeers@buryhospice.org.uk) or telephone (0161 543 9682) and we will work closely with you to eradicate such issues where possible. 

We’re Bury Hospice and we’re here for you. 

Practical information

Website content

All website content will follow the below principles:

  • Images will have alternative text (so if you can’t see the image you can still read the text)
  • Colour contrast between foreground and background is sufficiently strong
  • Descriptive titles are used for pages and frames
  • Links make sense by themselves (e.g. no instances of links that say ‘Click here’ or ‘More…’)
  • Tables are used for laying out tabular information and have proper headings and summaries
  • Upper and lower (or sentence case) is used throughout the body of the text content
  • Serif fonts are utilised where possibly and will always be above 12 point
  • Content text will not be centred and will always be left-aligned
  • Text will be unjustified for space between words
  • Users will be able to play, stop or pause moving content 

For a detailed breakdown on other measures and shortcuts which can be utilised whilst using our website then please see the attached document which will detail all available accessibility tools. 

Helpful hints and tips for making the most of our website

Documented below is a range of information which may aide you in making the website more accessible. The list is not exhaustive but covers the main aspects and key challenges people with disabilities face when accessing websites.

Web Browsers

Where possible, you should use an up-to-date browser (the program you use to access the internet) to access this site. This will give you access to a broader range of options to navigate around our site.

The standard browsers we would recommend are below with links to install each of them:

Once installed, each browser will bring its own selection of accessibility options and may allow further options via the use of plug-ins. For more details see the accessibility page for each browser:

Accessibility options on the Bury Hospice website

Alternative style

Whilst we aim to ensure that the website looks as it should in differing styles, due to the ever changing content that is characteristic of a good website, this may not always be possible. However, if something does not look quite right then please use the aforementioned contact details above to raise this and we will endeavour to eradicate such errors where possible.

Keyboard short cuts and access keys

 

Different browsers use different keystrokes to activate access key shortcuts, as shown below:

  • Alt + [the access key]
    • Internet Explorer for Windows
    • Chrome for Windows (note that shift is required in some circumstances)
    • Safari for Windows
  • Shift + Alt + [the access key]
    • Firefox for Windows
  • Ctrl + Option + [the access key]
    • Safari for Mac
    • Chrome for Mac
    • Firefox for Mac

Options in your browser

Most modern browsers all share the most common accessibility tools, here is a list of useful features:

  • Incremental Search
    Incremental search allows you to progressively search a web page for a particular word or phrase on a page. To enable this on your browser, press and hold ALT and then tap F. This will open a box to type your search into. As you type, the matches will be highlighted on the page for you.
  • Spatial Navigation
    Hitting tab will jump you to each of the items you can interact with on any page. Holding the shift key and pressing tab will take you to the previous item.  
  • Space bar 
    Pressing the space bar on a web page will move the page you are viewing down to the next visible part of the page.

Text fonts

Depending on your browser, you can override all fonts on the site to one that is easier for you to read. You can find the relevant guides below:

Change font in Firefox
Change font in Chrome
Change font in Explorer
Change font in Microsoft Edge

Enlarge your view

You can activate the browser zoom via these keyboard shortcuts

Zoom in Firefox
Zoom in Chrome
Zoom in Safari
Zoom in Explorer

Options on your computer

 

To zoom your entire computer screen

Apple Mac and Windows operating systems both contain options to enlarge your view of your screen

 

Windows

MAC

Read the site aloud

This website has been built with screen readers in mind. Menus, pictures and inputs will have the correct tags and mark up to compliment your chosen screen reader.

NVDA (Non-Visual Desktop Access) is a free screen reader for computers running on the Windows operating system.

The latest version can be downloaded for FREE here (on this page you may be asked for a voluntary donation, if you do not wish to donate, click "skip donation this time").

Voice controlled computers

Apple Mac and Windows operating systems both provide ways to control your computer with voice recognition. The BBC provides a guide to switching on voice recognition across the different versions but settings are different again if you are using Apple OS X Yosemite.

Third party voice recognition software is available too.