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Accessibility

Help using computers, the web and assistive technology

If you need extra help in using computers, the web and assistive technology, we recommend BBC My Web, My Way. This site has videos and information to help you use the accessibility features of your computer and how to make it easier to use the web.

Browsers we support

Our accessibility features work when using the following browsers:

  • Chrome
  • Safari
  • Firefox
  • Android browser
  • Internet Explorer 9, 10 and 11

We have chosen these browsers because they are the most common, covering over 98% of all web users.

Get the best experience

Skipping to main content

If you’re using a screen reader or keyboard, use the ‘Skip to main content’ link at the top of every page to go straight to the content.

Making the text bigger

You may be able to change the text size in your browser.

Change the colours

We’ve tried to use colours that make webpages easy to read, but we know that some people have trouble with reading text on certain colours. You may be able to use your own colours with your browser.

Document downloads

We aim to provide all information as web pages where possible. Where this is not possible, we have provided it as accessible PDF (Portable Document Format) files.

If you can't open PDF documents, download the latest Adobe Reader software.

Alternative formats

If you want any information on this site in an alternative format please email adoptionandfostering@essex.gov.uk and tell us what you need.

Images

To make things easier for screen reader users, images have descriptive alternative text. If the image is purely decorative or part of a link, the alt text is null.

Links

We always use link text that makes sense out of context, so that you can understand exactly what we're linking to.

Video

We have provided written transcripts of video content in our site so that you can still understand the video content even if you can't hear the soundtrack or if your browser doesn't support frames.

iFrames

We have ensured that all iFrames used in our website have titles, so that you can understand what the iFrame shows.

Visual design

This site uses cascading style sheets for visual layout. If your browser or browsing device does not support style sheets, the content of each page is designed to be still readable.

Accessibility problems and feedback

If you find an accessibility problem on any page or would like to tell us anything that would make your experience of our site better, please email involvement@essex.gov.uk.