Accessibility Statement


Disability News Service (DNS) wants to make this website as accessible as possible.

We hope eventually that we will approach best practice, and we believe we have made a good start on that process, for example by minimizing the use of graphics and photos, and providing descriptions of those images we do use.

How to get the most accessible experience from this site

You can toggle the buttons in the Access section to increase text size or set the page to high contrast view. The Access section is in the sidebar which shows on the right side on desktop, and below the content on tablet or mobile.

Once set these settings are applied to other pages, as well as remembered for future visits.

DNS has also installed ReadSpeaker‘s excellent webReader text-to-speech software, which allows visitors to have every DNS news story converted to audio. Click on the icon at the top of every news story to try this out, and take advantage of the other useful webReader access features.

There are also lots of ways that you can make browsing this and other sites more accessible on the BBC’s excellent My Web My Way pages (developed with the disability charity AbilityNet).

Accessibility guidelines

This website has been developed to be conformant with level AA of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0.

Accessibility limitations

There will always be areas for improvement we haven’t spotted, or possibly don’t yet have the budget to add.

For example, we cannot guarantee that PDF files linked to on the site have been created in an accessible way.

Contacting us

If you have any concerns about the accessibility of the Disability News Service website, do please email the editor at or call 020 8241 7072 or 07776 206595 (9am to 7pm, weekdays only please).