Accessibility and Web Content

Accessibility Guidelines

This accessibility statement applies to this website.

This website is run by Central Bedfordshire Council. We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website. For example, that means you should be able to:

  • change colours, contrast levels and fonts
  • zoom in up to 200% without the text spilling off the screen
  • navigate most of the website using just a keyboard
  • navigate most of the website using speech recognition software
  • listen to most of the website using a screen reader (including the most recent versions of JAWS, NVDA and VoiceOver)

AbilityNet has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability.

Recite Me accessibility features

At the top of our website, you will see a button that says Speak / Translate. This opens up Recite Me. Recite Me cloud-based assistive technology toolbar allows web visitors to customise our digital content, so that they can consume it in ways that work for them.

Recite Me features

Screen reader

The Recite Me screen reader helps website visitors to perceive and understand our digital content by reading aloud website text, which can be customised to suit the viewer.


To simplify and support our website visitors Recite Me provides five main tools:

  • ruler
  • screen mask
  • magnifier
  • margins
  • dictionary


The Recite Me assistive toolbar allows you to change the way our website looks. Users are able to customise the websites colour scheme as well as the texts font style, size, colour, and spacing.


The Recite Me assistive toolbar quickly and easily translates all our web content into over 100 languages, including 35 text to speech voices.

Simple language

We’ve also made the website text as simple as possible to understand.

How accessible this website is

We know some parts of this website aren’t fully accessible, for example some:

  • images contain text which you may not be able to read
  • links don't make sense on their own
  • PDF documents aren’t fully accessible to screen readers
  • videos don’t have captions or audio description
  • interactive tools are difficult to navigate using just a keyboard

Feedback and contact information

If you need information on this website in a different format, email

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

We’re always looking to improve the accessibility of this website. If you find any problems not listed on this page or think we’re not meeting accessibility requirements please email