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Accessibility

We all have mental health.

 

Everyone should have access to mental health support, and everyone should have access to quality mental health training.

 

Along with Mental Health First Aid England we strive to create courses and resources that everyone can access.

Mental Health First Aid England have worked closely with organisations such as the RNIB, Disability Labour, and New College Worcester, using expert advice to improve their courses and make them accessible to all.

As approved Instructor Members,  we have access to support and guidance for how to ensure your courses are accessible and disability friendly. 

How to specify what you need to access the course

When you book onto a course with Blooming Mind, please fill in the 'Accessibility requirements' section of the booking form and tell us what you need to access the course. Some examples might be:

  • Wheelchair access

  • Disabled parking space 

  • A hearing loop 

  • A sign language interpreter*

* Please specify on the booking form whether you will bring your own interpreter or need an interpreter to be arranged for you.

How to choose the format of your course materials

Our course materials are available in different formats. To choose the format of your course materials, please fill in the 'Accessibility requirements' section of the booking form when you book onto a course.

Here are the formats we currently have available:

Printed versions

Printed paper booklets are our standard format for all course manuals and workbooks. These are appropriate for people without accessibility needs.

Large print versions

Large print versions are available for all our manuals and workbooks. These are ideal if you need text to be larger, tables expanded, or need visual descriptors beneath images.

Due to their length, we can’t always offer paper copies of large print materials. When a paper copy isn't available, we supply large print versions digitally in PDF format. 

PDF versions

If you need materials in a digital format, PDF versions are available for all our manuals, workbooks, and course slide decks. These can be used with some accessible technologies, such as magnification, narration, or colour filtering software.

Word versions

If you need digital materials with unlocked formatting, Microsoft Word versions are available for many of our manuals and workbooks. These can be used with accessible technologies such as screen readers.

Website

We're also committed to providing a site that is accessible to everyone and are always seeking to improve this website and its ease of use.

Our guidelines include:

  • Designing the site for different monitor sizes - including mobile phones 

  • Using meaningful alternative text for all images to provide descriptive text

  • Using a simple colour scheme

  • Using a standard font which is easy to read

Fonts

Text size can be increased or decreased in your browser. General guidelines are shown below, or the BBC has a useful set of instructions and video guides as part of its My Web My Way guide.

Chrome

  • Access your Chrome font settings here, where you can change the default size from Very small to Very large

  • Alternatively you can zoom in on any page by holding CTRL and +, and you can zoom out using CTRL and -

Safari

  • You can hold down the Apple key and + to zoom in, and hold the Apple key and - to zoom out

Mozilla Firefox

  • Click on the three-line menu icon in the top right of the browser and choose "Options"

  • "Fonts & Colours" appears under Language and Accessibility, where you can change the default font and its size

  • Alternatively you can zoom in on any page by holding CTRL and +, and you can zoom out using CTRL and -

Microsoft Internet Explorer

  • Click "View" at the top of the screen

  • Click on "Text size" on the drop down menu that appears

  • Options including "small", "medium", "large", "largest" should appear

  • Select "largest"

 

Images

Where possible, we have used descriptive alternative text for relevant images across the site to assist screen readers.

 

Video

We use YouTube to host our videos which are subtitled .

Feedback

We are always seeking to make improvements to the site and welcome any comments, suggestions or feedback. Please get in touch if you have any problems or suggestions.

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