Accessibility

The Disability Council NSW aims to make their website as accessible as possible.

Accessible web design

The Disability Council NSW website has been developed to ensure content is available to the widest possible audience, including readers using assistive technology or accessibility features. By adhering to guidelines for accessible web design, we acknowledge the diversity of communication methods, available technologies and current abilities of web users in the community.

The Disability Council NSW website conforms to the World Wide Web Consortium's (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) version 2.0. The website has been designed to meet the criteria for Level AA of these guidelines.

Accessible PDF documents

To aid users with assistive technology, documents on the website have been made available as accessible Portable Document Format (PDF) with tagging, where possible. Where this has not been possible (eg. where certain types of information can not be presented in accessible PDF format), an alternative file format, such as a Rich Text Format (RTF) file or an HTML web page version has been provided.

If you are not able to open PDF files, you can download Adobe Reader from the Adobe website

Listening to web pages (ReadSpeaker)

ReadSpeaker allows the text on this website to be read out loud to you. It provides assistance if you have trouble reading text online. By having the text read out loud to you, you can understand the information on the website more easily. This makes the website more accessible and more pleasant to visit. As a user you don’t have to download anything. You simply click the listen button and the reading starts automatically.

How does it work?

This is what the listen button looks like on this website:

 
Listen to this page using ReadSpeaker

You can also highlight any words on the page to see the listen button.

When you click the listen button, ReadSpeaker will take a moment to load and will then automatically start reading the text of the web page, or just the text you selected, out loud.

ReadSpeaker has a control panel where you can adjust the volume, pause, stop and restart the reading. Choose 'No sound?' if your browser does not support Flash.

If you click on the Flash player it will be in focus so that you can control it with the keyboard:

  • Play/pause: Space bar
  • Stop: Esc key
  • Increase volume: Up arrow or the + key of the numeric keypad
  • Lower Volume: Down arrow or the – key of the numeric keypad
  • Fast forward: Right arrow
  • Rewind: Left arrow

In the Settings tab you can control the reading speed and other settings. 

To start the ReadSpeaker player using keyboard controls:

Internet Explorer: Hold down the ALT key, press L, release both keys then press ENTER.
Firefox: Hold down both SHIFT and ALT plus L.
Chrome: Hold down both SHIFT and ALT plus L.
Safari: Press the CTRL or Control key together with L.
Opera: Pressing SHIFT and ESC together lists all access keys available on the page. You then press the key. So to start ReadSpeaker on a site you go SHIFT ESC, release them then press L.

For more information visit ReadSpeaker's text to speech online site.

More accessibility improvements

We are continuing to improve the accessibility of the Disability Council NSW website as web technologies and assistive technologies change. If you have any questions or comments regarding the accessibility of information on this website, please contact us.

 

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