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Accessibility Settings

Changing Styles on the Wake Your Mind site.

Use the buttons 'default', 'contrast' and 'inverse' to change the colours on the screen. These buttons are also available at the bottom of the page.


Accessibility refers to the inclusive practice of making websites usable by people of all abilities and disabilities. When sites are correctly designed, developed and edited, all users can have equal access to information and functionality.

All the major browsers now have a variety of tools, plug-ins and extensions which make browsing much easier for Disabled People.

There are also a number of bespoke software programmes (many free) which offer aids to browsing no matter what a person's ability or impairment may be.

Listed below are links to the main resourses for Web Accessibility:


Firefox: Accessibility features in Firefox

Internet Explorer

Accessibility in Internet Explorer 8, Topics Covered:

Click here for: Windows Main Accessibility Site


Google Chrome: Accessibility Features

There are many extensions which improve accessibility or which help developers create accessible web applications, such as ChromeVox, ChromeShades, and ChromeVis. Resources


Safari Accessibility and other Features


  • VoiceOver Screen Reader
  • ARIA Support
  • Enhanced Keyboard Navigation
  • Zoom Text Only
  • Full-Page Zoom
  • Closed Captions for HTML5 Video
  • HTML5 Timed Text Tracks
  • HTML5 Media Synchronisation
  • Custom Style Sheets Minimum Font Size

(for further information on the above features, click on the 'Accessibility' link above)


Opera Accessibility Features

  • Access Keys
  • Ad Filtering
  • Full-text History Search
  • Incremental Finding
  • Mouse Gesture
  • Page Zooming
  • Pop-up Blocking
  • Spatial Navigation
  • Tabbed Browsing
  • Tabbing Navigation
  • Text-to-Speech
  • Voice Control
assistive technologies

Assistive Technologies

EmpTech - EmpTech aims to provide information resources on assistive technologies that are designed to help those with specific difficulties or disabilities work and study more effectively. The database includes product descriptions, links to manufacturers, suppliers with addresses as well as other related resources including advice and training guides where available. News items linked to the use of assistive technologies are regularly posted and updates occur on a weekly basis.

Assistive Technologies
Assistive Technologies has become established as a vital reference for healthcare professionals, experts and association businesses who have interests in assistive technologies and mobility improvement. 
The magazine brings the latest news, insights and product information to all clinicians, therapists and equipment suppliers with a professional interest in helping people with disabilities lead more mobile, independent lives.

Simply Web – Simply Web 2000 is a software-based speech synthesizer that can be used as a stand alone “Talking Web Browser”. It can be downloaded for free at their website. The caveat though is that you would need a screen reader to make full use of it. Any screen reader would do but it is of course best used with the Simply Talker 2000 screen reader. The Simply Taker 2000 is sold for US$100 each. Language supported is English. Works best with Internet Explorer 5.0.

Emacspeak “The Complete Audio Desktop” – “Emacspeak is a speech interface that allows visually impaired users to interact independently and efficiently with the computer.” Features include a whole slew of speech-enabled applications (157 applications in all!) with everything from documentation applications to messaging and even Google clients like Blogger and Google Reader. They even have speech-enabled programming applications! Emacspeak can be downloaded for free from their website. Language supported is English. Works in Linux (Debian, Mandrake, Red Hat, Slackware, SuSE and Turbo distros).