Accessibility

​​​​​This accessibility statement applies to www.wakefield.gov.uk

This website is run by Wakefield Council. We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website. For example, that means you should be able to:

  • change colours, contrast levels and fonts
  • zoom in up to 300% without the text spilling off the screen
  • navigate most of the website using just a keyboard
  • navigate most of the website using speech recognition software
  • listen to most of the website using Browsealoud
  • We’ve also made the website text as simple as possible to understand.

AbilityNet has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability.

We know some parts of this website are not fully accessible:

  • you cannot modify the line height or spacing of text
  • most older PDF documents are not fully accessible to screen reader software
  • videos do not have captions (unless turned on via youtube)
  • some of our online forms are difficult to navigate using just a keyboard
  • you cannot skip to the main content when using a screen reader
  • there’s a limit to how far you can magnify the map on our ‘contact us’ page

We’re always looking to improve the accessibility of this website. If you find any problems not listed on this page or think we’re not meeting accessibility requirements, contact: internet@wakefield.gov.uk.

This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard, due to the exemptions listed below:

  • PDF screen reading

Terms and conditions: 

Browsealoud - reading and translation support

Translate or listen to our website

Need help reading or translating our website? 

We have added the world-leading digital inclusion software, Browsealoud, to our website - making our content more accessible with reading and translation support.

Click on the Browsealoud launchpad image that appears on the top right of your screen to launch the support toolbar. Then simply click on any text to hear it read out loud.

How does Browsealoud help?

Browsealoud offers a host of reading and translation support - helping you to access and understand our website better. 

  • text-to-speech: click on or select any text to hear it read aloud
  • translation: written and spoken translations in multiple languages
  • text magnification: enlarges text and reads it out loud
  • mp3 generation: converts selected text into an MP3 audio file
  • screen mask: blocks distractions on screen with a tinted mask
  • web page simplifer: removes clutter from the screen - great for printing pages
  • settings: customise options to suit individual needs or preferences

All the features are accessed from an easy-to-use, floating toolbar - allowing you to drag and drop it anywhere on screen.

Video: How to use Browsealoud

Includes audio and subtitles

 


Need support?

Visit support.texthelp.com, the dedicated support portal from Texthelp - the makers of Browsealoud.

Did you find Browsealoud useful?

Texthelp are constantly striving to provide the very best digital inclusion software for those who need it the most.  They’d love to know what you think of Browsealoud, contact marketing@browsealoud.com


​Accessibility options on your device

Text size

Press the Ctrl (PC) or Cmd (Mac) key together with the + key to increase text size. To decrease text size press the Ctrl (PC) or Cmd (Mac) key together with the - key. Alternatively use the BrowseAloud Text Magnifier or Simplify functions.

​Windows

Windows has an accessibility tool set. It's in the start menu under All programs / Accessories / Ease of Access.

Mac

The Mac's toolset is called Accessibility and it's in System Preferences.

iPhone and iPad

Go to Settings / General / Accessibility

Android

Go to Settings / System / Accessibility