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Help accessing PDF files

To view or download a document in PDF (Portable Document File) format, you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you do not already have this installed on your computer, you can download Adobe Acrobat Reader for free from the Adobe website.

Using screen readers - visual disabilities

We endeavour to ensure that PDF files on our website are accessible to screen reading programs, but cannot currently guarantee that all the documents are completely accessible. As an alternative, see the link to Adobe’s online PDF conversion tool below.

What is the Adobe PDF conversion tool?

A free online conversion tool is available from Adobe's website to help people with visual disabilities to read documents in PDF format. This converts PDF documents into either HTML or ASCII text, which can then be read by many commonly-used screen reading programs. Use the online PDF conversion tool.

Accessibility resources and information

Further resources and information on accessibility, including a guide to creating accessible PDF documents, are available from Adobe's Accessibility Resource Centre.

If you have any difficulties in accessing PDF or any other documents available on this website, please contact the Web team.

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