Accessibility

bullet Goals

Our goal is to provide information to educational institutions training individuals to work with, or assist, persons facing barriers in achieving their potential at school, the workplace, or at leisure.

This Web site strives to ensure that its design meets or exceeds the accessibility requirements outlined in Section 508 of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

This Web site has successfully passed the Section 508 accessibility tests of UsableNet, which strives to standardize accessibility format across corporate, government, and educational Web sites.

bullet Site Design Guidelines

We strive to meet or exceed accessibility requirements in the following areas:

  • Images. This Web site provides equivalent text for images that convey information.
  • Multimedia. This Web site limits the use of multimedia (i.e., presentations that include components such as text, graphics, video, animation, and sound), and, where multimedia is used, the site provides equivalent text for the presentation.
  • Color. This Web site does not rely on color to convey information.
  • Style sheets. This Web site does not require associated style sheets (i.e., pre-designated templates that define the layout of a Web page) to be viewed.
  • Image maps. This Web site provides equivalent text for images (e.g., navigation bars) that perform functions when selected (e.g., open a new window, navigate through the site).
  • Tables. This Web site provides row and column headers for data tables.
  • Frames. This Web site does not include frames (i.e., separate sections of the display area that are generated from different Web pages).
  • Motion. This Web site sites does not include motion that causes the screen to flicker outside an acceptable range (i.e., higher than 2Hz and lower than 55Hz).
  • Text-only pages. A text-only equivalent web page will be provided when a compliance cannot be accomplished in any other way.
  • Scripts. This Web site identifies the functionality of any scripting languages (e.g., Java and Javascript) used to display content or to create interface elements.
  • Applets and plug-ins. This Web site avoids the use of applets (i.e., programs designed to be executed from within another program) and plug-ins (i.e., programs that add features to a standard browser), and, when such programs are used, the site includes links to external Web sites that provide such applets or plug-ins via download.
  • Forms. This Web site allows for easy access to and completion of forms.

bullet Accessibility Assistance

If you need information from a Web page that is not easily accessible, choose one of the following two options:

(1) PDF Documents
Users with visual impairments are advised to use their screen reader. If you experience problems with your reader, make sure that you have the latest version of Adobe Acrobat installed and use the Adobe Reader “Read Out Loud” function (under View menu) to hear the document read to you (have speakers on). For more information on PDF accessibility, please see www.adobe.com/accessibility/.

(2) E-mail the Webmaster
If you experience problems converting PDF files to an HTML format that your screen reader can read, e-mail our Webmaster with the URL of the page you wish to access, the technology you are using, and your phone number and e-mail address. We will work with you to make the files available in a format you can use.

bullet Change the Font Size

You can use the instructions below to change the way your Web browser renders size of a font.

  • Internet Explorer (all versions)

    You can increase or decrease the font size in Internet Explorer.
    • Increase Font Size: click View | Text Size | Larger
    • Decrease Font Size: click View | Text Size | Medium
  • Netscape Navigator (version 7) and Mozilla (version 1.0+)

    You can increase or decrease the font size in Netscape Navigator.
    • Increase Font Size: click View | Text Zoom | 120%
    • Decrease Font Size: click View | Text Zoom | 100%

If you have comments or suggestions about the accessibility of this Web site, please contact the Webmaster.