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Accessibility and Equality

Commitment

The City of Glasgow College is committed to advancing equality and accessibility in all of our activities. To find out more about our commitment and approach, check the College’s Equality, Diversity & Inclusion section.

Accessible Web

Our website has been built with accessibility in mind. This means you can easily customise the look of the website to suit your own needs and preferences. Find out how to change basic appearance settings in some common browsers below (alternative commands for Mac users are included in brackets).

Customising Internet Explorer

  • Change text size - View > Text Size.
  • Change colours and font style - Tools > Internet Options > Colours or Fonts.
  • Disable images - Tools > Internet Options > Advanced > scroll down to Multimedia > untick the box labelled ‘Show pictures’.
  • Disable JavaScript – Tools > Internet Options > Security > Custom Level > scroll down to Scripting > select Disable for Active Scripting.

Customising Firefox

  • Change text size - View > Zoom > click on Zoom Text Onlythen go to View > Zoom > Zoom In (Ctrl++).
  • Change colours and font style – Tools (Firefox) > Options (Preferences) > Content > Advanced and Colors.
  • Disable images - Tools (Firefox) > Options (Preferences) > Content > untick the ‘Loads images automatically’ box.
  • Disable JavaScript - Tools (Firefox) > Options (Preferences) > Content > untick the ‘Enable JavaScript’ box.

Customising Safari

  • Change font size - page menu icon (Safari) > Zoom > click on Zoom Text Only then go to page menu icon (Safari) > Zoom > Zoom In (Ctrl++).
  • Change font style or upload style sheet - settings icon (Safari) > Preferences > Appearance or Advanced.
  • Disable images -settings icon (Safari) > Preferences > Appearance > untick the ‘Display images when page opens’ box.
  • Disable JavaScript – (Safari) > Preferences > Security > untick the ‘Enable JavaScript’ box.

Customising Google Chrome

  • Change font size - settings icon (Chrome) > Options (Preferences) > Under the Hood > Font Size.
  • Change font style- settings icon (Chrome) > Options (Preferences) > Under the Hood > Customise Fonts.
  • Disable images - settings icon (Chrome) > Options (Preferences) > Under the Hood > Content settings... > select ‘Do not show any images’.
  • Disable JavaScript - settings icon (Chrome) > Options (Preferences) > Under the Hood > Content settings... > select ‘Do not allow any site to run JavaScript’.

For further information on customising the web see ‘How To...’ guides in the BBC’s My Web My Way site. For some free tools to help you access and customise websites see the section on Assistive Technologies below.

Physical Access

Visit DisabledGo for information on physical access to our campuses and facilities.

Support for Disabled Learners

To find out the range of support options available to our students please visit the Learner Support section of the website.

Assistive Technologies

College Systems

Many staff at the College post electronic copies of their teaching materials (in Word, PDF, PowerPoint, etc, format) onto our online learning platform, which allows students to download and customise the appearance of teaching materials to suit their own needs and preferences. Read through the JISC TechDis Accessibility Essentials guides to find out how to customise electronic documents.

Equipment/Software Loan

For enrolled students who register with Learner Support, we can offer a range of equipment on loan throughout the academic year to assist with your course studies. Our Equipment Loan Bank consists of:

  • Laptops.
  • Alphasmarts.
  • Personal Digital Assistants (PDA’s).
  • Assistive Software.
  • Dictaphones.
  • Mini Disc Recorders.
  • iPods with iTalk Recorders.
  • Digital Spellcheckers / Thesaurus.
  • Reading Pens.
  • Magnifiers.
  • Writing Aids.
  • A range of ergonomic equipment including Posturite Chairs, Perching Stools and Back Supports.

Find out more in the Learner Support section of the website.

Free Tools / Resources

If you don’t have access to commercial assistive technology packages there is a range of free and open source tools and resources that could help you access the web or support your learning.

AccessApps is a collection of over 60 (mostly Windows) applications that run off a USB pendrive. They can support you with writing, reading and planning as well as sensory, cognitive and physical difficulties.

ATbar Lite is an open-source, cross-browser toolbar that sits in your web browser and helps you customise the way you can view and interact with web pages. Go to ATbar Lite, right-click and save the ATbar Lite download link to your favourites and then select it whenever you want the bar to appear.

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