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Sensory Engagement is in the process of making this website accessible to all users, regardless of the technology used to view the website or the ability of the user. Our approach will help us reach current standards and guidelines on accessibility. 

Help Using the Website

Using this website

In order to engage the user and attain a high level of accessibility and usability we have concentrated on the following various issues.

  • Top-level and sub-level navigations
  • Consistency in the navigation creates a friendly user experience by meeting user expectation on every level.
  • The "Home" link and the "" link provides the user with two options to navigate from any page back to the homepage.
  • The primary heading section provides the user with information on which awareness section they have selected and re-affirms the sensory engagement brand.
  • The main navigation of both deaf awareness and visual awareness are the same with the current section highlighted when selected.
  • Links across the website are decorated with a standard underline to provide familiarity for all internet users.

To operate the access keys:

  • Windows users on Firefox Browser: press “ALT” and "Shift" plus the listed access key followed by Enter.
  • Windows users on IE Browser: press “ALT” plus the listed access key followed by Enter.
  • Windows users on the Chrome or Safari Browsers: press “ALT” plus the listed access key.
  • Macintosh users: press “Control” plus the listed access key.

Access Keys

A - Accessibility Options

H - Return to homepage (main navigation)

V - Visual Awareness

D - Deaf Awareness

1 - Visual Awareness Myths

2 - Visual Awareness Personal Stories

3 - Visual Awareness In Practice

4 - Visual Awareness Resources

5 - Deaf Awareness Myths

6 - Deaf Awareness Personal Stories

7 - Deaf Awareness In Practice

8 - Deaf Awareness Resources


Content  for all areas is clear and concise with an optimum line length and standard web font to increase readability.
Headings are clear and follow a logical semantic layout with navigation items named the same for each awareness section.
The built in accessibility tool on the top right of each page on the website will allow the user to reduce or enlarge the text size. On selecting one of the resize options your choice will be retained during the rest of your browsing session on the website. This ensures the text on the menu and throughout the rest of the pages will stay increased or decreased and can be altered to its default state at any time by selecting the tool.
The size of text can be altered in the majority of browsers by using the key combination of Ctrl and “+ or -” keys. Alternatively the user can select view/zoom on their browser  menu and reducing or increasing the text size.


  • Links are written to make sense out of context and map out navigation.
  • Where applicable, links may also have title attributes which describe the destination of the link in greater detail.
  • Links to web and document resources from the website open in a new browser tab/window.
  • Links to various sections in the website open content in the same window.
  • Links within content are identified by being underlined and highlight on mouse focus/hover.


  • To read PDF documents you will need to have the Adobe Acrobat reader which you can download for free from the Adobe website. The Adobe website also includes further information on PDF accessibility.

Multimedia: Images and Videos

  • Complex images will link to a text based description of the image.
  • British Sign Language (BSL) and Irish Sign Language (ISL) videos have been included to support key content.
  • Videos have not been set to play automatically.
  • Users can access the video, video key points and associated resources for both Visual Awareness and Deaf Awareness sections.
  • Quick sign videos are provided for personal story scenarios which are split into ISL and BSL categories. These videos pop up in a new window.


  • Colours used on our site have been chosen so they provide sufficient contrast for all users to read the pages easily.
  • We have utilised an approved colour contrast tool to ensure that all colours used are accessible and made all elements double A compliant.

Accessibility Limitations

While every attempt has been made to make this site accessible, it does include technologies and features that may cause accessibility issues. These include:

  • Graphical headings which may not appear correctly if you change your settings to use a high contrast layout.
  • Adobe PDF downloadable documents (opens in new tab/window).
  • Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint downloadable documents (May cause an issue if the visitor does not have these applications installed on their device).
  • Video Content via JW player (the visitor may need to install the latest version of flash in Internet Explorer in order to view media content across the website).

We make every effort to overcome these limitations by improving their accessibility and where possible, will provide accessible alternatives.

  • Sensory Engagement does not assume responsibility for third party applications.
  • As this website is maintained by a Content Management System (CMS), this can generate HTML which can potentially cause difficulties for assistive technology users such as code for detecting Javascript. 

Accessibility Compliance

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) are the basic standards followed by all accessible websites and are provided by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). The website conforms to accessibility level AA of the WCAG v2.0.

Further W3C standards such as HTML (HyperText Mark-Up Language) and CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) are conformed to across the development of the website. Further technologies such as jQuery have been implemented across the website for sensible and interactive display of content, however this does not impede on the users access to content.

Browser Compatibility

This site has been optimised for a screen resolution of 1024x768 pixels or greater with a fixed width. The site has been designed to be compatible with most leading web browsers including 'Internet Explorer(Version 8 or above), Firefox, Apple Safari and Google Chrome.

Downloadable Fact Sheets and Leaflets

Fact sheets with a Microsoft Word file extension (i.e. .doc) can be downloaded using Microsoft Word 97 or higher, those with a .pdf file extension can be downloaded with Adobe Reader 5.0 or later.

Useful Links

In the event of requiring further assistance on using the web and your computer, please use the following list of resourceful websites which may help with your online experience (each of these links will open in a new browser tab/window when selected):