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Accessibility

What is Website Accessibility?

Web accessibility means that people with disabilities can use the Web. More specifically, Web accessibility means that people with disabilities can perceive, understand, navigate, and interact with the Web, and that they can contribute to the Web. Web accessibility also benefits others, including older people with changing abilities due to aging.

Web accessibility encompasses all disabilities that affect access to the Web, including visual, auditory, physical, speech, cognitive, and neurological disabilities. Millions of people have disabilities that affect their use of the Web. Currently most Web sites and Web software have accessibility barriers that make it difficult or impossible for many people with disabilities to use the Web. As more accessible Web sites and software become available, people with disabilities are able to use and contribute to the Web more effectively.

Web accessibility also benefits people without disabilities. For example, a key principle of Web accessibility is designing Web sites and software that are flexible to meet different user needs, preferences, and situations. This flexibility also benefits people without disabilities in certain situations, such as people using a slow Internet connection, people with "temporary disabilities" such as a broken arm, and people with changing abilities due to aging.

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What have we done to improve our Website Accessibility?

Fully aware of the issues which face people with disabilities, we have made a conscious effort to ensure that our website addresses as many accessibility issues as possible. We have taken many steps to ensure that our website is as open and readable as possible, that screen readers can operate in line with our website navigation, images, links and otherwise in-accessible content is accessible via well-named alt tags, title tags and descriptions. On top of this PULSE have W3C - AA, Bobby and Cynthia tested this site and we are pleased that the site has performed far better than average.


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