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Accessibility Policy


I believe that everyone with any kind of disability has the right to access information on the Web. In order to respond to the needs of individuals with minor or serious visual, physical or developmental disabilities I have adopted a policy of doing my best to make this site accessible to all. I have tried to remove as many barriers or obstacles as possible. However, I am aware that several access issues remain to be resolved and I am constantly working to improve accessibility for all. Should you have any difficulty in accessing this site then please see the "Feedback" section at the bottom of this page.


I have tried my best to design this site to be accessible and usable to all, working in accordance with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG v1.0) and the web accessibility requirements contained in The Disability Discrimination Act for the UK, and United States Law in Section 508 of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998. I have undertaken to use my knowledge and understanding of the ways in which people of differing abilities access the Internet, to develop a web site that is clear and simple for everybody to use. I have also chosen not to use tables to provide page layout. In order to provide a more flexible experience for my visitors, I have chosen to use Cascading Style Sheets v2.1 (CSS 2.1) for layout.


I have used eXtensible HyperText Markup Language (XHTML v1.0) and CSS 2.1 that conforms to specification, as laid out by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), The Disability Discrimination Act for the UK, and Section 508 of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 because I believe that usability and accessibility must have a solid foundation. I have endeavoured to achieve AAA accessibility as measured against version 1.0 of the WCAG. I am aware however, that a number of the Priority 3 checkpoints of the WCAG are subjective and although I am sure that I have met them honestly, there may be instances where interpretation may vary.

Access Keys

I have deliberately chosen not to use access keys on this site. I are aware that Checkpoint 9.5 of the WCAG v1.0 relates to the use of access keys but I have not been able to identify a logical set of clear keys that are not already used by existing software on most computers. Instead, I have chosen to apply the upcoming final version of the WCAG v2.0 standards where the implementation of access keys is not a featured checkpoint.

Document Formats

Most documents are available in HTML format that I believe are easily read by people who use screen readers. However, in order to maintain a consistent presentation style, some of my materials appear only in Adobe PDF format. To convert these documents to a more accessible format, please use one of Adobe's online PDF conversion tools that can be found at: Adobe PDF Conversion online.


If you are unable to find the information you are looking for in a format that is accessible to you, have identified an error, or you have found any difficulty in using this site, please e-mail: Please provide detailed information on the location of the document you were attempting to access (available in the "address bar" in your web browser), your difficulty in accessing the document and an alternate format that would be accessible to you, and I will do my best to resolve the issue for you. I have strived to present a web site that harnesses technology, usability and accessibility, but I am equally aware that true success in this field can only be maintained through a process of interaction with my visitors and continuing development. To this end any and all Feedback is welcomed.

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