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What is accessibility?

Accessibility is providing a space that is usable for everyone, regardless of abilities, literacy or experience.

What does accessibility mean digitally within the Scouts?

As a movement, we are constantly working to increase accessibility, and this includes providing the tools and functionality to ensure our website can be used by everyone.

Our Commitment

We’re committed to providing a platform for everyone. Our content is designed so it’s easy to digest, regardless of literacy, physical abilities, or technical experience. We’re focused on making the website design and layout as simple and usable as possible on all devices.

Tools you can use on our site

Check out the following tips you can use across our website.

Adjusting brightness

Most keyboards will have the function change the brightness on your screen. The shortcut keys allow you to increase and decrease your brightness. On most keyboards, these keys are part of the row of F-keys–that’s F1 through F12 that appear above the number row on your keyboard.

Changing text size

  • To increase the text size, hold down CTRL and press + to the required size.
  • To decrease the text size, hold down CTRL and press – to the required size.
  • Mac users hold down the CTRL/Apple key and press + or – to adjust your text size.
  • If you’re using an older browser go to File, Text Size, and select the size you need.

If you use Windows XP you can magnify the size of the screen. Press the Start menu on the Taskbar, then click on All Programs, then Accessories, then Accessibility. Once opened click on Magnifier and the top of the screen will appear much bigger.

Keyboard navigation

  • The arrow keys on the keyboard will scroll up, down, left, and right.
  • The space bar if pressed can make the web page jump from top to bottom.
  • The tab button can help navigate to different links on the page and when you arrive on the required link you just press the enter button.

Using a screen reader

A Screenreader is a technology that assists those with who may be visually impaired. Windows, Android, and Apple provide ready-made screen reader options:

Useful Links

These links are great tools for those looking for more information on accessibility.

Put your phone down and what are you left with? Just teamwork, courage and the skills to succeed.’
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls