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HREA wants to ensure that this website can be used by everyone.

The following features enable persons with disabilities to enjoy our Web content:


Reads web pages aloud for people who find it difficult to read online. Reading large amounts of text on screen can be difficult for those with literacy and visual impairments. Visitors to the HREA website can download the Browsealoud software for free. After installation, all content on HREA's website can be listened to.

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If you have visual perception issues, you can change the background colour. Choose from four choices at the top right corner of every HREA page.

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In the top right corner of every HREA page, the text size can be increased or decreased to make the website easier to read.

Text equivalents of images

Each image (picture, graph) is embedded with a text description to convey the essential content of the image. This allows those with visual impairments or who are using a text-only browser to access the image's content.

W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines

This website is designed conform to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).

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Adobe PDF

PDF is the standard on the World Wide Web for documents and forms. Download the latest Adobe Reader (free) to access PDF documents.

Adobe Reader version 7 (or later) includes accessibility features such as screen magnification, Read Out Loud, and keyboard shortcuts. To learn how to access these and other tools, and how to customise Adobe Reader for your accessibility needs, see Using Accessible PDF Documents with Adobe Reader 7.0: A Guide for people with Disabilities.

It is also possible to convert a PDF document found on the web to HTML or text, if the PDF document is not compatible with your assistive technology.


loband (text-only web browsing) is a site that allows the user to enter a web address and it will convert that site into a text-only format. This is useful if your Internet connection is slow.

Common keyboard shortcuts for Microsoft Internet Explorer

To move to the next link, click TAB.
To move to the previous link, click SHIFT TAB.
To activate a selected link, click ENTER.
To find text on the current page, click CTRL F.
To go to next page, click SHIFT BACKSPACE OR ALT RIGHT ARROW.
To go to previous page, click BACKSPACE OR ALT LEFT ARROW.
To scroll toward the beginning of a document in larger increments, click PAGE UP.
To scroll toward the end of a document in larger increments, click PAGE DOWN.
To move to the beginning of a document, click HOME.
To move to the end of a document, click END.
To refresh the current page, click F5 key or CTRL R.
To print the current page or active frame, click CTRL P.
To select all, click CTRL A.
To copy selection, click CTRL C.
To display a shortcut menu for a hyperlink, click SHIFT F10 key.
To close the Window, click CTRL W.
To quit Program, click ALT F4 key.

What is web accessibility?

Web accessibility means that people with disabilities can use the Web. More specifically, Web accessibility allows people with disabilities to perceive, understand, navigate, and interact with the Web, as well as contribute. Web accessibility also benefits others, including older people with changing abilities due to aging. According to W3C's Web Content Accessibility guidelines, there are a range of reasons why someone may have difficulty enjoying web content:

  • They may not be able to see, hear, move, or may not be able to process some types of information easily or at all
  • They may have difficulty reading or comprehending text
  • They may not have or be able to use a keyboard or mouse
  • They may have a text-only screen, a small screen, or a slow Internet connection
  • They may not speak or understand fluently the language in which the document is written
  • They may be in a situation where their eyes, ears, or hands are busy or interfered with (e.g., driving to work, working in a loud environment, etc.)
  • They may have an early version of a browser, a different browser entirely, a voice browser, or a different operating system  

HREA's Accessibility Policy

HREA agrees with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities that it is vital to ensure that, "persons with disabilities can exercise the right to freedom of expression and opinion, including the freedom to seek, receive and impart information and ideas on an equal basis with others".

HREA is committed to making its web content as accessible as possible, so that everyone can benefit from our educational resources and online courses, as well as participate in community-building related to human rights education.

Important accessibility links

HREA study guide on the human rights of persons with disabilities

W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (1.0)

Web Accessibility Initiative

Microsoft: Accessibility includes information about making Microsoft products accessible and how to develop software for Windows that is accessible.

Apple: Accessibility includes information about accessibility for Apple products.

Section 508: The Road to Accessibility






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