This website has been designed and built to adhere to the latest accessibility standards, making sure the site is as accessible as possible whilst maintaining a high level of usability.

Text size

The Oldham Council Web site has a standard text size of around 12 pixels.

You can adjust the font size for this site only:

Alternatively, you can ask your Web browser to consistently display text using a larger or smaller typeface. Please click on the link below to view the instructions from the BBC describing how you can do this:

Colour scheme

You can adjust the colour scheme for this site only:

Alternatively, you can set your Web browser to ignore the colours that we have used on this Web site. You can also ask your browser to use your own preferred colour scheme when viewing this site.

Please click on the link below to view the instructions from the BBC describing how you can do this:

Listen to our website

Who is Browsealoud helpful to?

Browsealoud helps people with low literacy and reading skills, dyslexia, English as a second language and people with a mild visual impairment.

What does Browsealoud do?

 browsealoud icon

Browsealoud reads the content of a webpage to the user in multiple languages, from a range of voices. It can read all types of content including mobile, text, tables, downloadable documents like pdfs (but not PDFs on mobile though) and alt text for images.


Browsealoud can also:

• read text-to-speech with a choice of reading speeds and highlighters to enhance reading comprehension
• translate web pages into 78 languages
• speak translated text aloud in 35 languages.
Note: You will need to use 'BrowseAloud's PDF Viewer' to read PDFs.
How it works

The user need only click on the Browsealoud link that appears at the very bottom of every page. Doing this will make the Browsealoud toolbar appear. With this toolbar available, the user then moves their mouse to highlight the part of the page which they want Browsealoud to read out.
Other Browsealoud features

Browsealoud also has:
• the ability for the user to save a chunk of audio onto an MP3 file and listen to it later
• the ability to magnify and change the colour of text and background
• a screen mask which blocks on-screen clutter, allowing readers to focus on text being read
Help using Browsealoud

A very simple guide is available by simply selecting the question mark symbol in the toolbar.
Browsealoud though does provide further useful support section at Browsealoud support.

User Guide

  • User guide from Browsealoud for PC and for Mac users.

Accessible Information Standard

The Accessible Information Standard is there to make sure that disabled people who use adult social care services (and their carers) have access to information that they can understand and any communication support they might need.