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On this page, you can find information about access to Toompea Castle and the Riigikogu website.

Access to Toompea Castle

Toompea Castle is accessible to visitors with mobility disabilities. All major rooms – the balcony of the Session Hall, the Conference Hall, the White Hall and most of the working rooms – can be reached by wheelchair. However, not all working rooms are accessible to visitors with mobility disabilities. When you are planning a visit, please ask about accessibility from the person who invited you, or write to info@riigikogu.ee.

Visiting the Riigikogu

The left entrance of Toompea Castle is accessible by a ramp without steps. Next to the door, at the wheelchair level, there is a doorphone through which the reception desk can be contacted. An employee of the Riigikogu Chancellery is called to receive the visitor with mobility disability and accompany them to the building. All visitors of the Riigikogu are always accompanied by an official of the Chancellery of the Riigikogu in the Riigikogu buildings. Toompea Castle can be entered on wheelchair through the car gate.

If a visitor with mobility disability arrives by taxi, the taxi can stop at the lay-by next to the entrance of the parking lot, and the visitor has to reach the entrance of the Riigikogu by themselves. Visitors with mobility disabilities arriving by car have to apply for a parking permit first, like all other visitors. The car park workers allow to park the car on the parking lot after a permit has been issued.

Toompea Castle has a WC and two lifts accessible for disabled persons, and two platform elevators for moving between different parts of the building complex.

Access to the Riigikogu website

This website has been constructed and compiled to comply with WCAG 2.0 AA accessibility guidelines. This means that certain technical tools and content compilation principles have been used that help users with visual or hearing disabilities to consume the content of the website. In addition, accessibility of the information can be enhanced by adjusting the browser and operating system settings of your computer. Below is a survey of the main assistive tools.

Overview of main tools

Navigating by keyboard

It is possible to navigate the website by keyboard alone. “Tab” key is used for navigation. Each press moves the focus to the next element. The currently active element is marked by a box surrounding it. To activate a link in focus, press the “Enter“ key on the keyboard.

Enlarging the content

To enlarge the content, we first recommend to use the functionality built in to the web browser.

Web browsers

In all popular web browsers, it is possible to zoom in and out of the page by holding down Ctrl (Cmd in OS X operating system) and at the same time pressing either + or –. Another convenient option is to use the mouse: hold down Ctrl and at the same time roll the mouse wheel. To restore the normal size, press Ctrl and 0 simultaneously.

Separate programs

All common operating systems contain settings for enlarging the content displayed on the screen.

  • In Windows 7, you will find the program “Magnifier” when you press the “Start” menu button down on the left, type “Magnifier” (a few initial letters will be enough) and press Enter. A small window opens, displaying the content enlarged. By default, the program follows the position of the mouse cursor.
  • In Windows XP, you will find the program “Magnifier” by navigating Start > All Programs > Accessories >  Accessibility > Magnifier.
  • In Apple computers, the navigation path to use zoom is the following: Apple menu > System Preferences > Accessibility (or Universal Access) > Zoom.
Web browser extensions

For web browsers, there are zoom extensions that complement the existing functionality of the web browser.

  • For example, Firefox has “Zoom Page”, that allows to zoom into the whole page or only the text;
  • Chrome has “AutoZoom“.

Using the screen reader

Screen reader is a program for interpreting the content displayed on the screen and conveying it in other forms, e.g. sounds or audio comments. It is mainly an assistive tool for the visually impaired.

Source: The Estonian Chamber of Disabled People

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Last updated: 20.10.2017

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