Web accessibility means making sure that everyone has the same access to computers and the internet, regardless of any disabilities they might have. This section suggests some easy checks and tools that can help to make sure your centre is fully accessible to all your learners. 

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AbilityNet

AbilityNet are the UK's leading authority on accessibility and assistive technologies, offering free advice and services to make sure disabled people aren't at a disadvantage when using computers and the internet. AbilityNet's free online assessment tool is a great way to test if your learners have any difficulties using computers, and offers easy suggestions for browser settings which could make life easier.

Try the AbilityNet online assessment tool

Visit the AbilityNet website for more information

Techdis Voices

UK online centres can access a use, free digital tool - Techdis Voices. This piece of software can be installed on your local machine, and allow you to use synthetic text-to-speak voices, so you can deliver high quality accessible learning.

To access the digital tool, please visit the TechDis website. When asked for your organisation type, make sure you input “UK online centres” to ensure you can access the tool for free.

Screenreaders and software recommended by our network:

Job Access With Speech (Jaws)
NVDA (free)
Dolphin Guide and Dolphin Supernova Access Suite
Dragon

BBC Accessibility Guides

The BBC 'My web my way' site provides accessibility online guides and factsheets, enabling computer users to make the most of the internet whatever their ability or disability.

View the BBC guides