Accessibility

Planning Inclusive Communities is committed to providing a website that is accessible for everyone. We aim to adhere as closely as possible to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, published by the World Wide Web Consortium. These guidelines explain how to make Web content more accessible for people with disabilities. Following these guidelines will help make the web more user friendly for everyone.

Person working on laptop.

 Using the Accessibility Menu

Accessibility Menu Symbol

We use the Equal Web Widget to help make our site more accessible.  The software allows planninginclusivecommunities.com to improve its compliance with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.1).

You can enable the accessibility menu by clicking the accessibility menu icon that appears on the right side of the page. Here you can choose the accessibility options you would like. More instructions on how to use the accessibility features are provided below.

Read Aloud

Text Reader symbol

Click the ‘Text Reader’ to turn on the read aloud website function. The webpage text you click on will now be read out loud.

Once you turn on ‘Text Reader’, a control window will appear in the bottom left corner.

Text Reader Controls

Use the 'Text Reader' controls to mute or unmute the audio, play, pause, skip forward and go backward.

Text Reader Settings

You can adjust the text reader voice, speed, and pitch in the settings of the ‘Text Reader’ controls.

Make it Bigger

You can use the accessibility menu to make things bigger on the website.

Magnifier symbol

Click ‘Magnifier’ to make everything bigger.

Text magnifier symbol

If you choose ‘Text Magnifier’, you can hover your mouse over paragraphs to magnify the text in that paragraph. 

For example:

Magnified text appearing in floating window
Font Sizing settings

Use the ‘Font sizing’ settings in the accessibility menu to make font size, line spacing or word spacing bigger or smaller

Cursor Settings

Use ‘Cursor’ by selecting white or black to change the colour and make your cursor bigger. This will only work on a laptop or computer.

Image Descriptions

Image description symbol

If you choose ‘Image Description’, when you place a mouse over an image, a written description of the image will appear in a floating window.

For example:

Image description appearing in floating window

Change the Colours

Accessibility Contrast Settings

The accessibility menu has multiple basic options to adjust the colour of the webpage including ‘Bright High-contrast’, ‘Dark High-contrast’ and ‘Monochrome’.

Custom Colour Settings

You can also use the ‘Custom Color’ control to adjust specific colours on the website.

Change the Font

Readable Font symbol

Use ‘Readable Font’ to convert the site's font to ‘sans-serif’.

Disclaimer

We are constantly trying to improve the accessibility of our site in the belief that it is our collective moral obligation to allow seamless, accessible and unhindered use by everyone.

Whilst we strive to adhere to the guidelines and standards for accessibility, it is not always possible to do so in all areas of the website and we are currently working to achieve this. Be aware that due to the dynamic nature of the website, minor issues may occasionally occur as it is updated regularly. We are continually seeking out solutions that will bring all areas of the site up to the same level of overall web accessibility.

Here for you

If you have any comments and or suggestions relating to improving the accessibility of our site, please don't hesitate to contact us at inclusivecommunities@qut.edu.au. Your feedback will help us make improvements.

Updated: May 2020.