Accessibility & Site Map
ASCERT is fully committed to doing all we can to provide information on our activities and services, alcohol and drugs information and more general associated information on wellbeing to as many people as possible.
This website is only one of the many means ASCERT utilises to communicate information to others. We also provide information in print, digital and video formats and ASCERT colleagues can also be reached via telephone, email or in person at any of ASCERT’s office locations. Please visit the Contact Us section (hyperlinked) of this website for details on how to communicate directly with a member of the ASCERT team.
ASCERT is also committed to making this website as accessible and the information it contains as accessible as possible.
Alternative Text for Images
We use images on this website to either provide a visual reference that links to the nature of the text content on the page (i.e. a photograph of a young person on a page relating to young people’s services), or that supplements the text information on the page (i.e. a diagram to provide a graphical representation of some piece of information).
As standard we try to incorporate an ‘alt text tags’ with all images used on the site that will provide a concise and clear description of the nature and content of the image displayed.
Use of Hyperlinks
Hyperlinked text is intended to aid website visitor’s navigation around the ASCERT website, or on occasion to direct them to information outside of the ASCERT website that is relevant to the information being imparted on that page of the website. We strive to ensure that all hyperlinks contained on the ASCERT website use meaningful text to give a clear description of what is being linked to.
The text on this website has been styled using a non-fixed value in a style sheet. This means that users can easily change the text size using their browser settings. You can resize the text by using the Text resize tool in the top right of each webpage. It looks like this: A A A
Alternatively, using your keyboard on a PC:
- Hold down the ‘Ctrl’ key and press ‘+’ to enlarge.
- Hold down the ‘Ctrl’ key and press ‘-‘ to reduce.
- To reset hold down ‘Ctrl’ and press ‘0’.
On an Apple Macintosh computer, hold the ‘Cmd’ (Apple) key instead of ‘Ctrl’
Use of Plain English & Video Content
To further aid accessibly to and understanding of content provided on the ASCERT website, we strive to only provide content on this website which is clear, concise and jargon-free.
When using an acronym (a word formed from the initial letters or groups of letters of words in a set phrase or series of words and pronounced as a separate word), we will always ensure that we include the full name, phrase or series of words on the first occasion that we use that acronym on a page.
If it is necessary to use a term or phrase that may not be in common usage, we will endeavour to give a definition and/or explanation of it.
We are mindful that some of our website visitors might also have literacy issues, so where we can, we endeavour to provide a range of content in visual/diagrammatic/video form throughout this website to supplement or act as a substitute for text content.
The list below will give you an idea of the main sections on the ASCERT website. You can also use the Search function on this website to try to locate the information you are seeking.
If you still cannot find what you are looking for, then you can email: firstname.lastname@example.org (hyperlinked)
For other ways to contact us, visit the Contact Us section (hyperlinked) of this website.
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