Accessibility notes

Access Keys (shortcuts)

You can navigate to the sections this site using your keyboard. Available shortcuts are:In

  • Home = 1
  • About Kirsten = 2
  • Coaching = 3
  • Training = 4
  • Consultancy = 5
  • Advisory Roles = 6
  • Political Roles = 7
  • Gallery = 8
  • Contact = 9
  • Accessibility = A

To use the access keys, usually you press the "Alt" key and the number or letter above, then press "Enter". On a Mac you press the "Ctrl" key and the number or letter. If this does not work for you, a different key combination may be required for your browser.

Access keys on the major browsers:

  • Google Chrome 3 and higher. On Windows and Linux use Alt (Note: Shift is required in some circumstances). On Mac use Ctrl + Opt.
  • Firefox 2 and higher. On Windows and Linux use Alt+Shift. On Mac use Ctrl (Note: Opt is also required in some higher versions of Firefox on Mac). Internet Explorer prior to IE8, use Alt + Access Key then Enter.
  • Internet Explorer 8 use Alt.
  • Internet Explorer 9 use Alt + Access Key then Enter.
  • Opera use Shift+Esc. The modifer key must be released before the regular key is pressed. Once the modifier key is released, the browser lists the set of access keys on that page with action and user can hit the desired key.
  • Safari 3 use Alt for Windows, use Ctrl for Mac.
  • Safari 4 and higher use Alt on Windows. Use Ctrl+Opt on Mac

You can read more about this on WIKI


Hearing websites

There are some programs available which allow your computer to talk to you.

Windows users:

Windows Narrator is a basic screen-reading programme, offering speech feedback for all menus and dialogue boxes, Windows Explorer and Notepad but will not speak out a whole Word documents or web page. There are however, a number of text to speech programs available any selected text to be spoken back to the user.

(Windows Narrator is currently only available for Windows 2000 and XP)

Mac OS:

Go to 'System Preferences' and select 'Universal Access'. From here you can turn on the text to speech function.


Text size

You can control the size of the text and change fonts if you wish.

To change the text size in Internet Explorer (a typical Windows browser):

  • Select View in the menu bar
  • Select Text Size
  • You'll get a list of different font (text) size options –choose the size that's appropriate for you.

To change the text size in Safari (a typical Mac OS X browser):

  • Select the View menu from the Finder bar
  • Select Make Text Bigger and choose the size that's appropriate for you.
  • In addition to text size – the font type (i.e. Arial, Verdana, etc) is also selectable via the browser.

To display web page text in a different font in Internet Explorer:

  • Go to the Tools menu and click on Internet Options
  • On the General tab, click Fonts
  • In the Web page font and Plain text font lists, click on the fonts that you want to use.

Magnifying the screen

You could try magnifying the screen if increasing the text size does not make text easy to read.

Windows users:

All recent versions of Windows include magnification software. This allows you to greatly increase text size, but is restricted to a small portion of the screen.

To use Windows magnifier click on the 'Start' menu, then select 'Programs', 'Accessories', 'Magnifier'. The settings dialog box will appear; from here you can adjust the magnification as desired.

Mac OS users:

Go to 'System Preferences' and click on 'Universal user'. Here you can magnify the screen and have the option to turn on the 'text to speech' function.

Using different stylesheets

You can find free tools to help you create your own stylesheet on the web.

By doing this you can specify the text colour, font type and size, background colours etc. to suit you. Once you have created your own stylesheet you can apply it to our website.

Internet Explorer:

Click on the 'Tools' menu, then on 'Internet Options'. This brings up a dialog box. Select 'Accessibility' to bring up another dialog box. From here you can attach your stylesheet by ticking the 'Format documents using my style sheet' checkbox. Click on the 'Browse' button and select the stylesheet you want to use.


Go to 'File', 'Preferences' and select 'Page Style' from the list on the left hand side. From the drop down menu next to 'Default Mode', select 'User Mode' from the list. Click on the 'Choose' button under 'My Stylesheet' to find your stylesheet and attach it.