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Accessibility

Accessibility Statement

Great Bear is committed to providing a website that is accessible to the widest possible audience, regardless of technology or ability. We are actively working to increase the accessibility and usability of our website and in doing so, adhere to many of the available standards and guidelines. In January 2016, we launched the current version of the greatbear.co.uk website. This has been designed from the ground up with accessibility in mind, using a clear structure and simply presented information.

We are committed to maintaining and monitoring the accessibility of this website. As part of this process, we welcome all comments, suggestions and details of problems encountered by users. Should you experience any difficulty in using this website, please contact us.

What is an accessible website?

An accessible site is one that accommodates the full range of users. Designing for accessibility therefore means accepting that, for online information, there is:

  • no standard information user, and;
  • no standard device for browsing information

An accessible website does not exclude anybody due to:

  • their abilities, or;
  • the method they choose to access the web

Accessible websites prioritise clear content, structure and ease of navigation; however, they also need not be visually unattractive, nor are they prevented from using the latest web technologies, provided that all information is still accessible to users.

Change text size

You may use your browser settings to change the text size for all the websites that you visit. The technique for doing this is slightly different depending on the browser that you use:

  • Internet Explorer 7/8: Select the ‘Page’ menu, then one of the options under ‘Zoom’ or ‘Text Size’.The default setting is ‘Medium’
  • Internet Explorer 6: Select the ‘View’ menu, and select one of the options under ‘Text Size’
  • Mozilla Firefox: Select the ‘View’ menu, then ‘Text Size’, then select Increase, Decrease or Normal
  • Opera: Select the ‘View’ menu, then one of the ‘Zoom’ percentage options
  • Safari: Select the ‘View’ menu, then one of the Zoom’ options

Other browsers may also have similar options available. Please consult the documentation provided with your browser if similar options to the ones above aren’t available.

Document Formats

Some information on the website is provided in PDF format. PDF documents open in the separate software such as the freely available Adobe Reader – most modern computers have such software installed as standard. If you don’t have Adobe Reader installed, you can download it from here (opens in a new window).