Forge Health is committed to meeting the requirements of the Equality Act and we make every effort to ensure our communications – including this website – are accessible to people with special needs, including those with visual, hearing, cognitive and motor impairments.

Standards compliance and validation

We have striven to make this website adhere to priority 1 and 2 guidelines of the W3 Web Content Accessibility Guidelines.

The text should be clear and simple to understand. You should be able to:

  • zoom in up to 300% without problems
  • navigate most of the website using just a keyboard
  • navigate most of the website using speech recognition software
  • use most of the website using a screen reader (including the most recent versions of JAWS, NVDA and VoiceOver)

Navigation and navigation aids

  • The full site navigation is located on every page.
  • A link to the home page is available on each page through the Forge Health logo.
  • Navigation menus are marked up as HTML lists and styled with CSS.
  • Many links have title attributes, which describe the link in greater detail.
  • Links are written so as to make sense out of context.
  • Link text is never duplicated. Two links on the same page with the same text always point to the same address.
  • Some links, mostly to downloadable files such as PDFs, open a new browser window. There will always be a warning in either the text or the ‘title’ attribute of the link.
  • When the site is viewed in a text-only browser, the ‘skip to content’ link becomes visible at the top of each page.
  • Forms have their labels explicitly associated with their controls, aiding users of certain screen readers and speech browsers.

Help with finding content

Every page of the site features a search box in the main navigation. Links to our privacy statement and terms and conditions appear at the bottom of every page.

Optimising your set-up for your needs

AbilityNet’s My Computer My Way site offers a guide to making your PC accessible. It offers help with seeing the screen, using your keyboard and mouse, and with language and reading.

How to request content in an accessible format

If you need information in a different format contact us and tell us:

  • the web address (URL) of the content
  • your name and email address
  • the format you need, for example, audio CD, braille, BSL or large print, accessible PDF
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