General web accessibility

There are many tools that people with a disability can use to access the Internet. These tools include:

  • Hardware – tools that manipulate the keyboard or mouse if the person with a disability is unable to use them. Some examples include refreshable Braille displays, joysticks and trackballs, and alternative keyboards.
  • Software – tools that change how a user interacts with the site. Some examples include screen readers, screen magnifiers, onscreen keyboards and programs that slow down applications for people with motor disabilities.

Vision Australia has a wide range of information about the many resources and tools that are available.


Browser shortcuts

Browser shortcuts can help you to navigate a website through a keyboard. Details of the various shortcuts specific to different Internet browsers are available from the manufacturers’ websites:


Display and readability

You can adjust your browser and your computer settings to make things easier to see on the screen or for your visual preferences. Some examples include adjusting the font size or colour of text displayed on the screen, changing the background or link colours, formatting the page differently or turning certain functions on or off.
More details are available from the Vision Australia website.


File formats

You may need to download and install some free software applications to use some of the content on this site. The software and the icons used to indicate this file format are:


Converting a PDF to text

Adobe has a conversion service that will convert a PDF file to text for Adobe PDF files that are in English and many other languages. Visit:


Accessible (tagged) PDFs

Tagged or accessible PDFs are easier to read for people who use adaptive technologies. If you would like a copy of a tagged PDF, please let us know via the details on the Contact us page.