Healthwatch Service is committed to providing a website that is accessible to the widest possible audience, regardless of technology or ability. We are committed to improving accessibility and usability of our website and adhering to many of the available standards and guidelines.
Using this website
If you are looking for information and advice about health and care and are finding it difficult to see the information then there are a number of things you can do:
Increase the text size
- To make the text on the pages bigger or smaller, use the accessibility tab located at the middle right of the page- you can make the text larger or smaller by clicking the ‘T’ button
- You will be able to see the text resizer on all pages.
Change the contrast
- To view the text on a dark background, tab between the light/dark contrast settings by clicking the circle icon in the accessibility tab in the middle right of the page.
ATbar has been created as an open-source, cross-browser toolbar to help users customise the way they view and interact with web pages. The concept behind ATbar is simple: One toolbar to provide all of the functionality you would usually achieve through the use of different settings or products.
ATbar is free and allows you to change the look and feel of webpages, increase and decrease font sizes, have text read aloud, use coloured overlays, readability and a dictionary to aid reading. Spell check forms and try word prediction when writing. It is a simple tool which is available for most popular browsers.
It is designed for those who may not have their assistive technologies to hand and need a quick way of accessing text on the screen with magnification and/or text to speech etc. It can help those with low vision, dyslexia and other reading difficulties, as well as those who may wish to just reduce the glare of black text on bright white backgrounds. It is not designed for regular screen reader users who need their assistive technology to access the computer as well as their browser.
The site displays correctly in current web browsers, but if you use an older browser you may find that webpages don’t present correctly. We recommend you upgrade your browser version to get the most from the website. The following resources will help you modify your own browser and operating system preferences to suit your own needs:
- Advice from the BBC showing users how to make full use of accessibility settings in browsers and operating systems.
- Advice for Microsoft users
- Advice for Apple users
- Advice for Linux users
Advice on assistive technology
For more information on assistive technology (screen enlargers, screen readers, speech recognition systems, speech synthesizers, refreshable Braille displays, Braille embossers, talking word processors, large-print) for the visually impaired please visit the RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People) website.
The British Dyslexia Association website has information about accessibility issues people with Dyslexia may encounter.