Accessibility Statement

NWAS is committed to providing a website that is accessible to the widest possible audience, regardless of technology or ability. We are actively working to increase the accessibility and usability of our website and, in doing so, adhere to many of the available standards and guidelines.

This website endeavours to conform to level Double-A of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0. These guidelines explain how to make web content more accessible for people with disabilities. Compliance with these guidelines will help make the web more user friendly for all people.

This site has been built using code compliant with W3C standards for XHTML and CSS. The site displays correctly in current browsers, and using standards compliant XHTML/CSS code means any future browsers will also display it correctly.

We are continually seeking out solutions that will bring all areas of the site up to the same level of overall accessibility. If you have any difficulty in accessing this website or would like any text or documents on this website in another language, Braille or audio for someone you know, and you have asked them, or if you have any extra communications needs, then please contact the Communications Team on 0845 112 0999 or email

Site map
We have a fully automated hierarchical site map which you can find linked to prominently on all pages. The site map is designed to communicate the hierarchical structure of the website and provide quick access to all pages.

The search facility of this website provides an alternative route to finding information across the whole site. The search results pages are designed to work well on normal browsers and assisting technology – with additional information about each page being available in the code of the results page.

Breadcrumb trail
The breadcrumb trail on this website is designed to assist with orientation and navigation. You should use this to help find your way within the site; and may use it to navigate back to relevant higher-level pages once you are deeper within the site.

Text resizing and page magnification
There are controls in your web browser which will modify the text size. Most browsers allow you to resize text or change the magnification by holding down CTRL and + to increase size and CTRL and - to decrease size. CTRL and 0 resets the size back to normal. Mac users should replace CTRL with the Command key. 

Auto Title
All pages are set to have an automatic ‘heading 1’ and page title tag. This allows you to identify quickly the purpose of a given page using a web browser or assisting technology.

Screenreader Software 

We have designed the website to be used with screenreader software but do not recommend the use of any one type of software above another. Clicking on the Skip navigation link in the top-right navigation will take you straight to the top of the text area of the page, so that your screenreader does not read all the other navigation options first.

Additional help on web accessibility

For more information on making the web easier to use, please visit the BBC's accessibility website My Web My Way. This includes guides showing how you can change your browser, computer, keyboard and mouse settings to make the web more accessible for you.