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We want our web site to be as accessible as possible. To make it easy to view, we've designed our pages to conform at a minimum to Level A compliance as specified by the Web Accessibility Initiative.

The guidelines defined by the WAI also form the basis of the standard required by the Royal National Institute for the Blind and their "See it right" campaign.

We aim to comply with the Disability Discrimination Act of 1995 with respect to the provision of services online, as required by the Disability Rights Commission. This Act states unambiguously that private and public sector web sites must be accessible.

This web site has also been developed to meet the requirements of the Quality Framework for UK Government Website Design as published by The Office of the e-Envoy.

Please contact us if you wish to give us feedback so we can continue to improve the accessibility of this web site.


Accessibility features

  • Links are written to make sense when read out of context.
  • All images used in this site have appropriate text equivalents.
  • Cascading style sheets have been used for layout and presentation.
  • Each page is constructed so that it can be read without style sheets.
  • This site uses relative font sizes to enable the user to specify "text size" in visual browsers.
  • All forms follow a logical Tab sequence.
  • Labels are associated with fields in HTML forms.
  • A site map has been included to provide information about the general layout of the site.

Accessibility references

Web browsers

Assistive technology

  • JAWS: screen reader
  • Lynx: text web browser

Accessible PDFs

This site uses Adobe® Acrobat® software to create PDF (Portable Document Format) files. PDF files are platform independent (designed with the Internet in mind) and facilitate efficient distribution of large, complex documents. You will need the appropriate version of Adobe® Acrobat Reader® to view, navigate, and print PDF files. Adobe® Acrobat Reader® is freely available for all major computing platforms. You can dowload a copy free of charge (apart from any connect time charges) from the Adobe web site.

In addition to content developed specifically for this web site, we have made available through the site a quantity of documents which were originally produced for non-internet purposes by the Association and by other organisations. We have, wherever possible, re-compiled these documents into tagged PDF files to make the information they contain as accessible as possible. We cannot guarantee that these documents will meet the “AA” standard of the remainder of the site but we believe that making as much information available as possible in the most accessible way we can is better than not making the information available at all.

PDF documents may not be readily accessible to screen readers and may not be formatted for visually impaired users. The following tools can be used to convert PDF documents into plain text or plain HTML documents. You can translate a PDF into a text only or plain HTML by using a script or sending a file as an attachment.

Adobe Conversion Script

Go to the following URL and type in the URL of any PDF, the document will be converted into a text only HTML document.


Further Information:

An acrobat access plugin is also available from :

We recommend that you upgrade to Acrobat Reader® version 7 if you have not already done so.


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