The Crafts Council is committed to complying not only with the principles of the 'Disability Discrimination Act' (1995) but also with its own policy of making web-based information, services and resources on the Crafts Council website accessible to all its intended audiences, regardless of disability and in accordance with the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) guidelines.

Content and Design
The content for this site has been designed to provide consistent and simple navigation, ease of reading and understanding. Readability is given using light backgrounds with dark body copy.

Use of images and alternative text
An integral part of the content design of this site is the extensive use of high-quality images. For users with text-only browsers, images will always contain descriptive text known as alt-tags. Images can be understood by text browsers and assistive technologies such as screen readers. If an image is used for simply decorative purposes, the text attribute for the image is left empty in line with accepted best practice.

Accessing downloadable documents
Documents and forms are available to download from this site in Portable Document Format (.pdf) and Word (.doc) formats. If you have difficulty accessing a downloadable document please contact

To view a Portable Document Format document, you need to have the Adobe Acrobat Reader program which is available free of charge from the Adobe website at To view a Word document you should have either a version of Word or one of the free Word readers available from Microsoft. Microsoft's Word reader software is available from

Related Links
For further information on more specialist equipment and software for blind people, please visit the products section of the RNIB website:

For more information on improving access to the arts for deaf and disabled people, please visit the SHAPE website:

The AbilityNet website has information, factsheets and step-by-step guides on approaches and technology to help with keyboard and mouse difficulties.