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Shaw Trust Website Accessibility Statement

Shaw Trust Website Accessibility

At Shaw Trust we understand the importance of accessibility as it is part of our mission. As a charity we aim to help individuals at disadvantage gain life and employability skills in order to live more independently, secure sustainable employment and actively contribute to family and community life.

Meanwhile, Shaw Trust Accessibility Services supports organisations in making their websites accessible for all users. For full details please visit the Shaw Trust Accessibility Services website (opens in new tab or window).

Almost 1 in 5 people in the UK have a disability, and so it is no small proportion of the population who are presented with web accessibility barriers. It is important to Shaw Trust that these people are provided with the means to gain access to

To this end, we’ve made every effort to make the website compatible with assistive technology. The site should be usable by recent versions of assistive technologies including JAWS (Job Access With Speech), NVDA (Non Visual Desktop Access), ZoomText, and Dragon Naturally Speaking. It should also be usable by screen magnifiers and speech recognition software found on your operating system.

Download NVDA version 2016.3 free of charge (opens in new tab or window)

Get to the content quickly

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We appreciate that people who only use a keyboard or screen reading software find it difficult to get to the content they are interested in. That’s why we’ve added a link that lets you go directly to the content. Clicking the link will skip past the navigation and land on the beginning of the content on the page.

Text size

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Reading text on a screen is not always easy for some people. The font size has been set at a minimum of 12pts and the Arial font has been used throughout to ensure text is a clear as possible – without the need of resizing. You may, however, also be able to use your browser to change the text size.

Find out more about changing the text size in your browser (opens in new tab or window).
Moreover, your operating system may provide accessibility tools including onscreen magnification.

Find out about using the Ease of Access centre in Windows 10 (opens in new tab or window)

Colour contrast

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We have used back ground colours throughout which should contrast sufficiently with text (ratio 7:1) making it easy to read.

For those of you who find the colour scheme less accessible, there may be the option to use your browser to use your own colours.
Find out more about using your own colours with your browser (opens in new tab or window)

Downloading documents

There are a number of Adobe PDF (Portable Document Format) and Microsoft Word documents on the website. If you are having trouble opening these files, you may need additional software:

For Adobe PDFs, download the latest Adobe Reader software (opens in new tab or window)

For Microsoft Word documents, download the latest Word Viewer software (opens in new tab or window)

If you need extra help

If you need extra help in using computers, the web and assistive technologies, we recommend you visit BBC My Web, My Way (opens in new tab or window). This site has videos and information to help you use the accessibility features of your computer and shows how to make it easier to use the web.

Accessibility limitations

Whilst we've tried to ensure this site is accessible, you may encounter some limitations. Although we always aim to communicate in clear and simple language but this isn’t always possible. Some content may by technical in nature and may require technical understanding. If you do find there are parts of the website that are inaccessible, please let us know (see below).

Let us know if you are having difficulties

If you have any difficulty using our website or spot any problems, please send us your feedback by e-mailing We’re happy to hear from you and your feedback will help us make our site better. If you need some advice on what to write, please read this guide (opens in new tab or window).

Accessibility statement

Shaw Trust aims to meet the highest standards in accessibility. This website has been designed and developed in accordance with the BSI (British Standards Institution) BS8878:2010 standard. In addition, this site has been developed in conjunction with Shaw Trust's own Accessibility Services (opens in new tab or window). The site has been reviewed by accessibility experts and tested by a team of disabled testers. A full accessibility audit was conducted on this website in August and 2016, and the website was amended to meet the highest standards: WCAG (Web Content Authoring Guidelines) 2.0 Level AAA.

This accessibility information was last updated on 30th March 2017. This information will be reviewed every 12 months.

Accessibility Certification WCAG 2.0 (AAA)

Shaw Trust Accessibility Services has certifed that this website has achieved the Accessibility + level of accessibility, which means that the site is WCAG 2.0 (AAA) compliant. Please view the accessibility certificate (opens in new tab or window)

Shaw Trust Accessible Plus_ Certification
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