Accessibility Statement

This site strives to make its content easily accessible to all persons, including those who use assistive technologies. These pages are designed to allow content to be accessed more quickly, to ease navigation, to present material better through a range of browsers, and to decrease download times. Below is information explaining the features implemented on this site. We welcome comments that may help us improve our accessibility.

Access Keys

Many browsers allow users to access specific links by typing keys defined on the Web site. Press ALT + an access key on Windows, and on Macintosh, press Control + an access key.

The following access keys are defined on all pages of this site:

  • Access key 1 - Home page
  • Access key 2 - Skip navigation links
  • Access key 3 - Site map
  • Access key 4 - Search this site
  • Access key 9 - Feedback/contact information
  • Access key 0 - Accessibility features

Standards Compliance

  1. All pages on this site validate as XHTML 1.0. The World Wide Web Consortium specifies standards that allow Web sites to be accessible to a wide audience regardless of browsers or assistive technologies used. The W3C Validator, maintained by the World Wide Web Consortium, determines validity of a site page.
  2. All pages on this site use cascading style sheets (CSS) for layout, which have been validated by the CSS Validator, also maintained by the World Wide Web Consortium.
  3. All pages on this site are believed to be WCAG AA approved. The World Wide Web Consortium has established guidelines to assist Web designers to create pages that are accessible to persons with disabilities. However, pages cannot be automatically validated and must be manually checked by the site designer.
  4. All pages on this site are believed to be Section 508 approved. Section 508 Guidelines are established by the U.S. federal government to assist Web designers to create pages that are accessible to persons with disabilities. However, pages cannot be automatically validated and must be manually checked by the site designer.

Site Navigation

  1. All pages have a “breadcrumb” trail at the top to orient visitors to their place in the Web site.
  2. All pages have home links to aid navigation in text-only browsers. Netscape 6-8 and Mozilla users can also take advantage of this feature by selecting the View menu, Show/Hide, Site Navigation Bar, Show Only As Needed (or Show Always). Opera users can select the View menu, Toolbars, Navigation Bar.
  3. All pages have links available to text-only browsers and screen readers to allow visitors to skip directly over navigation links to page content if desired.
  4. Redundant links are available in text format at the bottom of each page.
  5. Links are written to be understood out of context. Links which need clarification use the title attribute to provide further information.

Images

  1. All images provide alt attributes for text descriptions of the images to non-visual readers. Images used solely for decoration have null alt attributes.
  2. Complex images use longdesc attributes to explain the images for non-visual readers.

Page Layout and Design

  1. All pages use cascading style sheets (CSS) for layout, allowing text-only browsers and screen readers to access site content easily. Tables, if used, exclusively present tabular data, not layout.
  2. Each page is semantically marked-up; for example, h1 tags are for page titles, h2 tags are for section titles, and so on. Screen readers can use this to their benefit. JAWS users can skip to the next section within the accessibility statement by pressing ALT+INSERT+2.
  3. Fonts are relatively sized, meaning that they may be enlarged if necessary for readability. Internet Explorer users can find this feature by selecting the View menu, Text Size. Safari users can select the View menu, Make Text Bigger.
  4. Liquid-elastic layouts are used, allowing each page to fill or shrink to most window sizes to reduce the need for horizontal scrolling.

Forms

  1. Forms on this site are designed using appropriate label tags to assist screen readers.
  2. All fields are ordered logically.

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