How do people with disabilities use the internet

People with disabilities, such as a visual impairment, may use assistive technologies to use the internet. Assistive technologies are products used by people with disabilities to help accomplish tasks that they cannot do easily otherwise.

Assistive technology comes in many different forms, some of these include:

  • Speech synthesis (speech output)
  • Alternative keyboards or switches
  • Braille and refreshable Braille
  • Screen magnifiers
  • Sound notification
  • Screen readers
  • Speech recognition
  • Text browsers
  • Voice browsers

The Tottenham Regeneration website has been built so that people using the technologies listed above can access and use the information available.

W3C – validation service

This site is built using code compliant with World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) standards for XHTML and Cascading Style Sheets. W3C is the governing authority on web development standards and practices. The site displays correctly with current browsers, and using standard XHTML code means that any future browsers will also display this website correctly.

Web Accessibility Initiative – Double A conformance

This website seeks to conforms to the Double-A level of the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 as a minimum, whilst aiming for Triple-A conformance. The Accessibility Guidelines explain how to make Web content accessible to people with disabilities. Conformance to these Guidelines helps to make the Web more accessible to users with disabilities and benefits all users.

Free text to speech software/screen readers

We do not offer text to speech facilities on this website, however there are a number of free and commercially available text to speech (or screen reading) tools you may wish to use.

Accessible Videos

We now display a number of videos on our website. These are hosted on our council YouTube account (external link) and embedded on our pages using the You Tube media player.

Where they are available we have added in captions and a transcript to help deaf and visually impaired site visitors, however not all videos we display have commissioned captioning or transcripts. We are now advising all new and future video development carried out by Haringey Council include appropriate captions, transcripts and/or subtitles as part of the commissioning process.


Whilst every effort is made to ensure the whole site conforms, with so many pages and contributors, this is an ongoing process. If you have any problem accessing any information on the site, please email us at and we will endeavour to provide the information in a suitable format.