Reading Association for the Blind

Supporting visually impaired people of Reading since 1883

We are a charitable association offering services to the Blind and visually impaired in Reading Berkshire UK.

  A group from Young at Heart enjoying lunch out at the Goring and Streatley Golf Club in October 2014
  RAB sight impaired person with his guide walking through woods June 2016



RAB strives to make its services accessible and usable for all users. Our website has features that allow its users to find and consume the information they need in the way they find easiest.

This website has been built to comply with the World Wide Web Consortium’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG)  (AA Level) and has the following features:


The RAB site is built using HTML5 and CSS 3. This creates a fast loading website that is accessible to screen readers and is usable in most browsers and browsers available on non-Windows systems.


All text is legible and readable with good size and contrast, and appears even if JavaScript is disabled.

Text in images is avoided where possible, but is always available in the ALT tags.

We use Plain English as much as possible.

Should you need to, most browsers enable you to change the text size – you can see information for Internet Explorer, Safari, Firefox here and instructions for Google Chrome are here.

Images and Design

All images have ALT tags. Where appropriate, ALT tags provide screen reader users and those with images turned off with a description of the content of the picture.

Alternative to Video

Unfortunately, RAB does not have the resources at present to provide transcripts and audio descriptions for video content.

Browser Upgrades

We have tried to make our website compatible with all browsers. However, if you are using an older browser, our pages may not be presented in the best possible way. It may help you to download a newer version of a browser.

The following are available to download for free, which may help:

Mozilla Firefox    Google Chrome      Safari      Internet Explorer

Our Commitment

Whilst RAB strives to adhere to the accepted guidelines and standards for accessibility and usability, it is not always possible to do so in all areas of the website. We will be continually working to improve the accessibility and usability of the website,.

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