This website has been designed for everybody, and we want it to be easy for people with sight loss to access because that’s important to us. We have added audio, text size and colour options to help. If you have any problems or suggestions, please let us know.

We are a charity that cares deeply about our members and those that may be experiencing similar problems and wish to get in touch, hence we have tried to make our website as accessible as possible for people with sight loss and visitors who have single-sensory impairments with additional needs.

Our pages are designed to meet web accessibility guidelines. This means we have:

  • Colour and contrast option buttons at the top of the page which can aid visually impaired people
  • Text-size option buttons
  • A text-only option for pages
  • A ‘skip to content’, ‘skip to navigation’ and ‘skip to search’ bar option at the top left of each page
  • Content written to be easily understandable
  • We try to use clear and simple language.
  • We aim to use alternative text for all our images
  • The HTML we produce conforms to the standard: XHTML 1.0 Transitional
  • We have tested the colours we use in the design for contrast.


The short sections below explain how we have created and presented our content to be adaptable to suit you.


Keyboard shortcuts (access keys)

You can navigate this website by using keyboard shortcuts, also known as access keys:

  • Skip navigation:  Alt + S, enter
  • Site map:  Alt + 2, enter
  • Search:  Alt + 4, enter
  • Accessibility statement:  Alt + 0, enter
  • Viewing options:  Alt + V, enter


Actions for specific browsers

Microsoft Internet Explorer

  • Choose the drop down menu at the top of the window of the browser marked “view”
  • A list of options will appear in the drop down menu, choose “text size”
  • Next another drop down menu should appear with options including “small”, “medium”, “large”, “largest”
  • Select “largest”

Mozilla Firefox

  • Hold down the Ctrl button on your keyboard and press the plus (+) key
  • You will find that this will enlarge the text, to enlarge again repeat the procedure
  • Keep repeating until the text is enlarged to your requirements If you need to make the text smaller press Ctrl on your keyboard and the minus ( – ) key

Apple Safari

  • Hold down the Apple Key and press the (+) key
  • You will find that this will enlarge the text, to enlarge again repeat the procedure
  • Keep repeating until the text is enlarged to your requirements
  • If you need to make the text smaller press the Apple Key on your keyboard and press the (-) key

Google Chrome

  • Click the ‘Customise and Control’ spanner symbol in the top right hand corner (Alt + E)
  • Select ‘Settings’ (‘Preferences’ on Mac and Linux)
  • Click on ‘Under the Bonnet’ and customise your fonts and font size in the ‘Web Content’ section

Find out more about access keys on the Wikipedia website.


Viewing options

This website has three different viewing options:

  • Standard
  • Accessible:  White on Black
  • Accessible:  Black on Yellow


Font re-sizing – version or modifying

To change the font size on this website to your preference, either choose an accessible version, or alter your browser settings. You can change the font size on the page by clicking the ‘size-guide’ on the top right hand side of the page;

  • Click ‘small A’ to decrease font size.
  • Click ‘large A’ to increase font size.
  • Click ‘middle A’ to return to default size.


Dorset Blind Association complied with The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines V1.0 (WCAG), published by the World Wide Web Consortium. We have checked our site against the WCAG checklist, and we believe that every page within our site meets all applicable Priority 1, 2 and 3 checkpoints, and the WAI ‘AA’ requirements.


Reporting Problems

If you have difficulties accessing this site, please email us about your problem. We will do our best to assist you. Your comments also help us to improve accessibility on our site.


Further help

If you would like more in-depth information about accessibility, visit the BBC’s My Web my Way, which is an online guide that explains the various accessibility features you can find on your web browser. For detailed technical advice on web accessibility you can visit the Web Accessibility Initiative pages.

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