Information about accessiblity of Northumberland County Council buildings & website

Access to council buildings

Do you need to know about access to any of our council buildings?

DisabledGo, provides information to disabled people about access. Their to aim is to give you the information so that you can make up your own mind whether somewhere is right for you, before you get there.

Click here to go to the DisabledGo website

Accessibly and the website

Northumberland County Council is committed to producing accessible and usable on-line services. This site has been designed to be accessible and usable by the widest audience possible. Northumberland County Council engaged the services of Ability Net to help assist with the layout and functionality of this site. We hold regular sessions with residents to check usability and accessibility of the site.
The pages of this site comply with most priority 1, 2 and 3 checkpoints of WCAG 1.0. 

This site should function in most contemporary standards compliant browsers regardless of platform.

How to change your Browser Settings

Although additional functionality has been included to allow you to change the text size of the font used and the contrast of the foreground and background colours, the ability to change the way your internet browser displays this site is better controlled within the browser itself.

The BBC have created a very useful tutorials which you can find below

Change text and background colours

How to change the settings in your operating system or web browser to make things easier to see.

Magnify your screen

How to turn on your computer's magnification features.

Make the mouse pointer easier to see

How to change the colour and size of the mouse pointer, or add trails to make it more visible.

Make your computer speak text aloud

How to turn on and customise your computer's text-to-speech features.

Make your text larger

How to change the settings in your operating system or web browser to increase the text size, making it easier to see.

Options for Changing Font Size

The option for resizing the text  is displayed on the top left menu of the website





  • The first A reduces the text size down to 80%

  • The centre A keeps the text size a 100%

  • The last A expands the text size to 120%


This website can be translated into a number of different languages using Google translate or Intertran. Unfortunately some languages cannot be translated but we have provided a one page document explaining how to receive further information in that language.

Click here for a full list of languages

PDF documents

A large number of Northumberland County Council documents are made available to the public in the Portable Document Format (PDF). PDF files can be viewed using a number of different software products.

Some free alternatives include:

  Name Platform
  Adobe Reader Windows, MacOSX, Unix/Linux, iOS, Android
  Evince Windows, Unix/Linux
  Foxit Reader Windows, Unix/Linux
  Nitro Reader Windows
  Okular Windows, MacOSX, Unix/Linux
  Sumatra PDF Windows
Northumberland County council does not endorse or offer warranties as to the suitability or safety of any of the above-listed products. As with any software installation, care should always be taken to verify that the software being installed is appropriate for your needs and malware-free.