Website accessibility

We are committed to ensuring everyone can use this website and have developed the site to suit different user needs. In this section we explore ideas for making the site more accessible and at the end have listed links to more detailed information on different devices. Please get in touch if you have ideas for improving the accessibility of the site or if you have any other questions – we’d like to hear from you.

EMAIL: enquiries@vocaleyes.co.uk

PHONE NUMBER: 020 7375 1043

Introduction to the site

This site is about VocalEyes, a registered charity working across the nation at a variety of venues and with a range of partner organisations. The heart of our mission is to work with blind and partially sighted people to enhance engagement with the arts, through audio-description.

There are seven main navigation tabs at the top of each page (within the expandable menu on a mobile device) to explore.
There is a calendar of events to find out where and when audio described events are happening, these can be searched for events near you. Most of the events needs to be booked via the venue and the phone number is present on each event.
The site also has a an audio library of previous audio described events and activities which can be listened to straight from the site.

The ways you can access this website are explained below

Quick access pages

You can quickly change the way this website looks by selecting an option from the Accessibility link at the top right of each page.
This gives you the option to change the size of the font and the contrast of the colours. You can also switch the images on and off.

Speaking websites

There are a number of programmes available that enable your computer to talk to you.

Microsoft Windows comes with a basic screen reader called Narrator, which reads text on the screen aloud and describes some events (such as an error message appearing) that happen while you’re using the computer. You can find more information on how to use Narrator on the Microsoft website

There are also a number of Screen Reader programmes with more features, such as being able to read whole documents. Some of the most popular include:

NVDA

WebAnywhere

SuperNova

VoiceOver

Firevox

Satogo

Orca

JAWS

For Mac users, the Mac operating system also has a built in speech to text function, which you can access by going to ‘System Preferences’ and selecting ‘Universal Access’.

Magnifying the screen

All recent versions of Microsoft Windows include magnification software. This allows you to greatly increase text size, although this will be restricted to only a small proportion of the screen. To use Windows magnifier, click on ‘Start’ then select ‘Programmes’ followed by ‘Accessories’ and ‘Magnifier’. You can then select the amount of magnification you want from the dialog box that will appear on screen.

For Mac users, you can select the screen magnifier option by going to ‘System Preferences’ and selecting ‘Universal Access’.

Making the mouse point bigger

You can increase the size of the mouse pointer on your screen. In Microsoft Windows you do this by clicking on ‘Start’ then selecting ‘Control Panel’ followed by ‘Hardware and Sound’ and ‘Devices and Printers’. You can then click on ‘Mouse’ followed by ‘Mouse Pointer Options’ and select any changes you want.

For Mac users, click on ‘System Preferences’ and select ‘Universal Access’ followed by ‘Mouse & Track pad’. You can then make the mouse pointer bigger by sliding the Cursor Size bar.

Slowing down the mouse speed

Some people find that it is easier to use a mouse at a slower speed. In Microsoft Windows, you can change this setting in the same way as you change the size of your mouse pointer. From the ‘Mouse Pointer Options’ menu just slide the ‘Select a pointer speed’ bar to slow or speed up the mouse.

For Mac users, from the ‘Mouse & Track pad’ menu you can use the ‘Tracking Speed’ slider bar to change the mouse speed.

Using the keyboard to move around a website

For people who can’t use a mouse or track pad, it is possible to navigate around a computer screen using different keystrokes on the keyboard.

There is further information on keyboard shortcuts on the Microsoft Windows website. You can also find information on using the keyboard with different web browsers and other programmes in this RNIB guide.

More info for access on different devices

For more detailed guidance on how to increase accessibility and change how your device or web browser works, we recommend the following websites:

Windows
For information about accessibility options using a Windows PC see Windows Accessibility features

Apple
For information about accessibility options using an Apple PC see Apple accessibility for OSX

On an iPhone or iPad
For information about accessibility options using an iPhone see  Apple accessibility for ios

On an Android device
For information about accessibility options using an Android device see the Android accessibility help centre