GreenSquareAccord prides itself on its inclusivity and makes every effort to ensure that its residents and potential residents who do not read English can access the information available on this website. In addition, we offer similar facilities for translation for all our printed documentation.
Most computers have built-in Text-To-Speech (TTS) facilities.
For Windows users, double-clicking on the Speech icon (classic view) in Control Panel allows text to speech to be configured.
Windows also comes with Narrator, which is designed to work with Internet Explorer, Notepad, WordPad, Control Panel programs, the Windows desktop, and Windows Setup. It's available from All Programs/Accessories/Accessibility.
With a Mac, it is set up by opening System Preferences and selecting Speech. Check the button for "Speak selected text when the key is pressed", and then press "Set Key" to add your shortcut (eg Control + Option + K). Vicki (or whichever voice is preferred) is now ready to read any page in your browser.
Android devices have Google text-to-speech. Apple phones and tablets also have a text-to-speech facility
With Internet Explorer, go to Tools / Internet Options / General and click on the 'Accessibility...' button. To change your font colour, check the box marked 'Ignore colours specified on Web pages' Click on the 'Colours...' button. Uncheck the box next to 'Use Windows colours', and select your own Text, Background, and link colours from those available. Click on the 'OK' button on this tab and then on the 'OK' button on the Internet Options tab.
With Mozilla Firefox, go to the Tools menu, select Options, open the General menu and select Fonts and colours. Here you can change the text colour as well as the type of font.
Ctrl (Cmd for Macs) and + will make the text in a browser larger. Ctrl (Cmd) and – will make the text smaller. On mobile devices, the text can be made larger or small again by the pinch-and-spread hand gestures.
The BBC site at http://www.bbc.co.uk/accessibility/guides/change_colours/browser/ explains how to change the colours of the text and background for common browsers on different platforms. There’s also information about some useful plug-ins at http://www.download3k.com/articles/How-to-Change-Background-Color-of-Any-Web-Page-to-Reduce-Eye-Strain-01342.
If you would like to have any part of this website or any of GreenSquareAccord's documents explained or in a different format, such as in braille or on audio tape, please contact us on 0300 111 7000 to discuss your needs.
We believe the Internet should be easy-to-use for everyone. Therefore, we have a policy of accessibility, and have designed this website to meet current Web standards.
All development work adheres to current Web Standards, as defined by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).
The website has been designed with these accessibility guidelines in mind:
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