Accessibility

We believe that our website offers a great opportunity for our residents, partners, peers and others to find out information about us and use our services. We are therefore very keen to make sure it is accessible to all.
 
During the construction of the site we consulted with residents about its ease of use and benefited from the input of people with experience of visual impairment.
 
For more information on changes that can be made to your preferred browser to make sure you are viewing the site in the most appropriate way for you, please visit http://www.bbc.co.uk/accessibility/ or visit http://www.abilitynet.org.uk/myway/

Text size

Wherever possible we have used 12 point font size. If you wish to change the size of text you can click the orange boxes with the letter A in them. You can also change settings in your web browser. Go to the “View” menu and then select “Text Size” or “Text Zoom” to see the options available in your browser.

Colours

You can change the colour of the background and the text of the site.
 
In Microsoft Internet Explorer, go to the “Tools” menu and select “Internet Options”. Click the “Colours” button to set your preferred colours. Then click the "Accessibility" button and tick the box "Ignore colours specified on web pages".
 
In Mozilla Firefox, go to the “Tools” menu and select “Options”. In the “Content” section, select “Fonts & colours”.

Audio

We have installed 'Browsealoud' so that visitors with a visual impairment, dyslexia or literacy difficulties can choose to listen to pages.
 
If you are not already a user of Browsealoud, you will need to download it.

Downloading Browsealoud

Click on the image below and you will be taken to an external site where you will find full instructions to carry out the download and installation. A browsealoud icon will be placed in your system tray which is at the bottom right of your browser.
 

For further help and assistance take a look at the Browsealoud Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on their website or the Browsealoud Online Help Section.

How does Browsealoud work?

After downloading Browsealoud, run the software and a control bar will appear. You can either use the controls to listen to the site or simply hover over the content that you wish to read by using your mouse.
 
There is also an option to visualise the words which are being spoken in large lettering at the top of the screen. The Browsealoud software can also be configured in such a way that a choice of voice styles and colour schemes can be used to make web browsing easier.

Translations

Translation into multiple languages is available through the direct link to Google translations.
 
On the home page, this is located in the bottom left hand corner.
 
On all other pages, this is located in the column on the right hand side.

Accessibility standards

This site is designed to meet Priority 2 accessibility checkpoints as specified by the World Wide Web Consortium’s (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0 (or “AA” or “Double-A” compliance).
 
Wherever possible we have tried to meet the Priority 3 level to maximise accessibility.
 
Some files such as Microsoft Word of Adobe Acrobat files may be harder for some people to access. If you have a problem accessing these or any other information on the site, please email us at info@hastoe.com and we will help.
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