This page details the accessibility features of our website, including conformance guidelines, access keys, changing text size, translating the text to another language, and hearing the pages read aloud.

This Council recognises that goods and services must be offered on equal terms to all in the community and takes its responsibilities under the Disability Discrimination Act seriously. The internet is a key enabler for disabled users to obtain information and be involved in their local community. We are committed to providing our online services to all sections of the community.

Conformance to Guidelines

In general, this site conforms to the following guidelines and levels where HTML is used. Where documents are made available in other formats, conformance has not been achieved.

Access keys

These apply to the main navigation and top level section pages. See our Access keys page for further information.

Changing your browser settings - font sizes and colours

If you have trouble reading text on web pages, you can alter your browser settings in order to modify font sizes, styles and colours and foreground and background colours.

Instructions for altering these settings using the Internet Explorer, Netscape, Firefox, Opera and Safari browsers can be found on the Web Accessibility Initiative's website at:

Language and Translation

We aim to provide this website in as many different languages as possible. Below we have provided links to our home page in a number of different languages. From the home page you should be able to navigate the entire site in your chosen language.

Use Google Translation Service to view our site in:

About Browsealoud

Browsealoud is free-to-download software that allows websites to be speech-enabled. This will be particularly helpful for those with reading difficulties, literacy problems, dyslexia, mild vision difficulties and where English is not their first language. See our Browsealoud page for more details.

Other features

  • 'Alternative text' and 'Title' to describe the content of a picture.
  • 'Skip navigation' feature to allow users to go straight to the main content area of a page.
  • Print version showing only the main content of the page.
  • Use of 'cascading style sheets' so that the page settings can be over-ridden.
  • Main content headings are shown as 'h1' and subheadings are 'h2'.
  • Help page showing useful information on PDF files with further links to Adobe Acrobat Access reader, how to change the settings on your browser and more.

Your Comments

If you have any suggestions on how we can improve accessibility or if you encounter any problems, please contact us.

Useful Accessibility websites

The sites below show further information about accessibility issues and guidelines.

The RNIB's web access centre provides information and advice on making your website accessible to all. For more, use the following external link to go to their website

The following external link goes to the World Wide Web Consortium website, which shows their homepage, with news, technologies and ways to get involved 

The Web Accessibility Initiative strategies, guidelines and resources to help make the web accessible to people with disabilities can be found via the following external link 

The following external link goes to the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines
W3C content accessibility guidelines

Check your web page via the following external link which goes to the Pennsylvania's Initiative on Assistive Technologies web accessibility checker

Adobe's accessibility resource centre can be found via the following external link