Cord is committed to providing a website that is accessible and easy to use for the widest range of visitors possible, regardless of disability or impairment. We believe that this is an ongoing process and are constantly improving in this area according to emerging best practice.

The site has been designed to adhere to best practice by following W3C standards. Wherever possible we aim to extend this to 'AA' and 'AAA' compliance.

There are a number of steps we have taken to address accessibility needs that are detailed below:

LayoutThe site uses Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) to control all presentation and layout so that content is well structured and easily accessible via assistive devices.

FontsText size can be increased or decreased in your browser by following these steps:

Microsoft Internet ExplorerChoose the drop down menu at the top of the window of the browser marked "view"

A list of options will appear in the drop down menu, choose "text size"

Next another drop down menu should appear with options including "small", "medium", "large", "largest"

Select "largest"


Mozilla FirefoxHold down the Ctrl button on your keyboard and press the plus (+) key

You will find that this will enlarge the text, to enlarge again repeat the procedure

Keep repeating until the text is enlarged to your requirements If you need to make the text smaller press Ctrl on your keyboard and the minus ( - ) key.


Apple SafariHold down the Apple Key and press the (+) key

You will find that this will enlarge the text, to enlarge again repeat the procedure

Keep repeating until the text is enlarged to your requirements

If you need to make the text smaller press the Apple Key on your keyboard and press the (-) key.


Google ChromeClick the 'Customise and Control' spanner symbol in the top right hand corner (Alt + E)

Select 'Settings' ('Preferences' on Mac and Linux)

Click on 'Under the Bonnet' and customise your fonts and font size in the 'Web Content' section.

ImagesAll images used for non aesthetic reasons have descriptive alternative text.

ContentContent across the site has been written and formatted to make it as accessible as possible. This includes:

The use of semantic headings which are descriptive and used to highlight sections of text

Clear and easy to understand language

Meaningful text used for all links

No information is conveyed exclusively through the use of colour

Colour contrastWherever possible we have designed pages and chosen colours to be accessible to colour-blind users. Where contrast is limited, we are working towards a solution by reviewing our current colour palette.

Navigation aidsA sitemap is provided to assist with navigation. All pages across the site also include a link to the homepage, and have a consistent global navigation.

Rich media contentWe are committed to providing transcripts and/or subtitles for key pieces of new video content available on the website. We are using YouTube descriptions and captioning. These captions can be accessed by clicking the 'CC' button within the video player.

We also plan to retrospectively provide such information for key video features produced prior to redesigning this website.

Document downloadsThere are a number of PDF documents available for download across the site. You can find out more about how to configure the free Adobe Reader software to obtain greater access to PDF files by visiting the Adobe site.

Download Adobe Reader for free.

Access keysIn order to avoid any conflict with personal access keys you may have set up on your computer, we have chosen not to install bespoke access keys on this site. Efforts have been made to ensure the site is as easy to navigate as possible.

FeedbackWe are continually seeking to make improvements to the site and welcome any comments, suggestions or feedback. If you are using adaptive technology and are having problems accessing information on the site, please email info@cord.org.uk with details of the problem you encountered and the technology you are using.