Web accessibility

Shelter is committed to ensuring its website is accessible and inclusive for all users. However you may find that altering certain settings on some browsers may improve your browsing experience.

Content and design

To improve readability, the Shelter site is designed to work on multiple screen sizes and devices. The content has been written and formatted to make it accessible.

For example:

  • headings highlight sections of text

  • sentences are short with the meaning at the beginning

  • links use meaningful text

  • forms can be navigated using the tab key

Accessibility software

Below is a list of popular software that may be useful for customising this site to your needs. Some of these assistive technologies are free, and some are commercial but with free demos.

  • NVDA, a free screen-reader that is compatible with Windows and available in multiple languages.

  • VoiceOver, a screen-reader built into Apple's macOS and iOS, which allows users to access devices via spoken description and control the Mac using gestures, keyboard or braille display.

  • Lynx browser, a free text-only web browser for blind users with refreshable Braille displays.

  • Links browser, a free text-only web browser for visual users with low bandwidth.

  • Opera browser, a visual browser with many accessibility-related features, including text zooming, user stylesheets, image toggle. A free downloadable version is available. Compatible with Windows, Macintosh, Linux, and several other operating systems.

Get help

You can visit AbilityNet to alter the accessibility features of your computer to suit your needs. Doing this can enable you to:

Conformance status

When building this website we have tried to ensure that everyone can use its content and services, regardless of their ability or disability.

The site design and build has taken into account the following guidelines:

The Shelter site currently exceeds WAI single 'A' and is close to WAI 'AA' standards. These guidelines explain how to make web content more accessible for people with disabilities. Conformance with these guidelines will help make the web more user-friendly for all people. We are continually working towards complying with 'AAA' standard of the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. While Shelter strives to adhere to the accepted guidelines and standards for accessibility and usability, it is not always possible to do so in all areas of the website.

Feedback

If you encounter any issues or have any questions regarding the accessibility of this website, please don't hesitate to report any problems to us.