This website has been designed in order to be accessible to all users, and
to comply with the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA).
The DDA was passed in 1995 (updated 1999 & 2004) to end the discrimination
facing many disabled people, including when using the Internet.
The Web Content Accessibility
Guidelines (WCAG) were set out by the World
Wide Web Consortium (W3C) in 1999 to give checkpoints for accessible web
design that complies with the DDA.
This website follows the Priority 1 and 2 guidelines relating to accessibility
as set out by the WC3. Please see below for a summary of how the site meets
these terms, as well as the Priority 3 guidelines.
Further information regarding the DDA can be found at the
Disability Rights Commission. The
World Wide Web Consortium have many good
resources on making the Internet accessible, as well as on their push for global
web design standards.
A Web content developer must satisfy this checkpoint. Otherwise, one
or more groups will find it impossible to access information in the document.
Satisfying this checkpoint is a basic requirement for some groups to be able to
use Web documents.
A Web content developer should satisfy this checkpoint. Otherwise, one or
more groups will find it difficult to access information in the document.
Satisfying this checkpoint will remove significant barriers to accessing Web
A Web content developer may address this checkpoint. Otherwise, one or
more groups will find it somewhat difficult to access information in the
document. Satisfying this checkpoint will improve access to Web documents
Summary of how this site follows Priority 1 Guidelines
- Provide equivalent alternatives to auditory and visual content
- Don't rely on color alone
- Use markup and style sheets and do so properly
- Clarify natural language usage
- Create tables that transform gracefully
- Ensure that pages featuring new technologies transform gracefully
- Ensure user control of time-sensitive content changes
- Ensure direct accessibility of embedded user interfaces
- Design for device-independence (image maps)
- Use interim solutions
- Use W3C technologies and guidelines
- Provide context and orientation information
- Provide clear navigation mechanisms
- Ensure that documents are clear and simple
- The content on all pages is readable without the style sheets, colour, scripts and applets (1, 6)
- All images, animations and buttons have alternative "alt" descriptions that can be read by screen readers (1)
- Any multimedia containing important information has an alternative flat-image or text-only version (1)
- All tables used for layout have captions to clarify their layout-only use (5)
- The pages do not rely on colour for navigation (e.g. "click on the green button to proceed") (2)
- The site uses the simplest and most straight-forward language possible (14)
Summary of how this site follows Priority 2 Guidelines
Summary of how this site follows Priority 3 Guidelines
- This site uses style sheets (CSS) to format text and layout (3, 11)
- In a few instances absolute positioning is used, but content is still readable without the positioning (3)
- No pop-up or new windows are opened (10)
- All link phrases make sense when read out (14)
- The primary natural language of the site is identified (4)
- All tables have summaries of their content or their use only for layout purposes (5)
At present, this site does not follow all of the Priority Three guidelines,
nor offer a text-only version of the site. However, we strive to make the
website accessible to all. If you are not able to view any crucial content of
this site please contact us.