Our approach to accessibility

The Equality Act (EQA) made it illegal for anyone providing a service in the UK (in the public, private and voluntary sectors) to discriminate against people with disabilities, and accessibility of a website is obtained technically by following the guidelines provided by W3C (the World Wide Web Consortium).

We want to make sure that all our centre websites are as usable as possible for our customers, so that each person can access the information they require in a complete and satisfactory manner.

Some of the key accessibility checks and features included within our centre sites are:

  • Using a consistent layout and ensuring the navigation works in a consistent way throughout the website
  • Using a standard web font to make it easy for all to read
  • Not using colour as the only way to convey important information
  • In most cases, adjustable font size according to the user's needs using standard browser and operating system options
  • Using alternative text on images, text boxes and links
  • Making feedback and access to us as easy as possible
  • Full keyboard control: the tab key may be used to navigate between different content and data-entry fields
  • Providing alternative content where Shockwave Flash™ is used

How to increase the size of text in your browser:

  • Internet Explorer: View > Text Size. You can also use Tools > Internet options > Accessibility
  • Firefox: View > Text Size > Increase Font, or use the keyboard shortcut by pressing Control and +.
  • Opera: View > Preferences > Fonts then change Minimum Font Size
  • Safari: Safari > Preferences > Advanced then select minimum font size to display

Some shortcuts (or access keys) have been also been included to provide keyboard shortcuts to important sections using the keystroke combinations listed below. This allows users with disabilities to skip the header entirely and go directly to the information contained. The combinations require simultaneous use of the ALT key (or CTRL for Apple users) together with a numerical key (it is sometimes necessary to also press the 'Enter' key to activate the command):

Fusion Corporate siteALT+c - Jump to contentALT+1 - HomeALT+2 - What We OfferALT+3 - DirectoryALT+4 - MembershipsALT+5 - About FusionALT+6 - NewsALT+7 - JobsALT+8 - Contact UsALT+0 - AccessibilityArea & Centre sitesALT+c - Jump to contentALT+1 - Fusion Corporate HomeALT+2 - Area or Centre HomeALT+3 - CentresALT+4 - FacilitiesALT+5 - ActivitiesALT+6 - NewsALT+7 - CommunityALT+8 - About UsALT+9 - JobsALT+0 - Accessibility

Web Standards and Technologies

This website has been developed to conform to World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) standards for HTML (HyperText Mark up Language) and CSS (Cascading Style Sheets).

The site is tested quarterly (using SiteSort software) and when tested on 13th March 2014 was found to have adhered to Priority `A´ and `AA´ standards according to both Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 and Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0 [WCAG10] regulations. If you´d like to see a copy of that report then please email us on

This website is reliant upon HTML and CSS to render content. Additional technologies including JavaScript have been utilised, however, this website is not reliant on these technologies as they are used to enhance functionality.

Every effort has been made to make these technologies as accessible as possible. On some pages we use document elements for Javascript usability that should be ignored by screen readers, these have been labelled as such in an effort to aid readability Please note: The site has been made to degrade gracefully in older browsers and when additional technologies such as JavaScript are unavailable. However, in these circumstances, certain features may not function correctly.

If you have any issues with any area of the site, in relation to accessibility, then please do not hesitate to contact - stating your concern and which page it relates to. We will upon receipt of any email investigate, and if needed remedy the issue.

The next test will be conducted during the week beginning 9th March 2015

The definition of `disability´ under the Equality Act 2010 In the Act, a person has a disability if:

  • they have a physical or mental impairment
  • the impairment has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on their ability to perform normal day-to-day activities

For the purposes of the Act, these words have the following meanings:

  • 'substantial' means more than minor or trivial
  • 'long-term' means that the effect of the impairment has lasted or is likely to last for at least twelve months (there are special rules covering recurring or fluctuating conditions)
  • 'normal day-to-day activities' include everyday things like eating, washing, walking and going shopping

People who have had a disability in the past that meets this definition are also protected by the Act.

Progressive conditions considered to be a disability There are additional provisions relating to people with progressive conditions. People with HIV, cancer or multiple sclerosis are protected by the Act from the point of diagnosis. People with some visual impairments are automatically deemed to be disabled.

Conditions that are specifically excluded Some conditions are specifically excluded from being covered by the disability definition, such as a tendency to set fires or addictions to non-prescribed substances.

We are committed to making our site more accessible and welcome any comments or suggestions you may have.