Web Site Accessibility

Accessibility Features of This Site

Because it is difficult for people with combined hearing and vision loss to keep track of pop-up windows, there are no pop-up ads on this site. (There are no ads of any kind.) In addition, all links open in the same browser window, whether they are internal (part of the DeafBlindinfo.org site) or external (located outside the DeafBlindinfo.org site). If you follow an external link and wish to come back to the DeafBlindinfo.org site, simply use your browser’s "back button" feature.

Screen Color Options:

To make this site easier to read for people with vision loss, we have three options for the screen layout. Plain allows the site to be viewed in plain text, with no restrictions to the layout. This enables visitors with specific browser settings to get optimum results. Bold turns the font to a sans-serif like Arial or Verdana. Some DeafBlind people prefer their material in a bold sans-serif font, and this option is provided to meet that need. The Graphics option is the default layout for this site.

Note: If you have cookies disabled in your browser, or are using a browser that does not allow cookies, the Screen Color Options feature will not work. We use cookies only to record your color preferences; see Privacy Policy for further information.

Large Font Options:

This web site is designed to work in any font size. When you print any page from this site, the printed copy will contain only the header and text of the main content, in your selected font size. To view any web site in larger print, follow the directions for your browser:

Internet Explorer: If your mouse has a wheel, hold down Ctrl+roll the wheel down to increase font size (as if pulling the text closer to you); Ctrl+roll the wheel up to decrease font size.
1) Pull down the “View” menu (or press Alt+V).
2) Click on “Text Size” (or press X).
3) Click on your desired font size (or press G for Largest, L for
Larger, M for Medium, S for Smaller, or A for Smallest).

Netscape Navigator: Press Ctrl+] to increase font size; Ctrl+[ to decrease font size. On a Macintosh computer use Shift+Command+].
1) Pull down the “Edit” menu (or press Alt+E).
2) Click on “Preferences” (or press E).
3) Click on “Appearance.”
4) Click on “Fonts.”
5) Change your font size to suit your needs.
6) Click on “OK”; button. (or press Enter)

Mozilla: Hold down Ctrl and press +

Access Keys

If you are using Internet Explorer or Firefox, you can use keyboard shortcuts called Access Keys to quickly jump to certain links in DeafBlindinfo.org from anywhere on the page. First, press Alt and the access key letter - Macintosh users: press Ctrl and the access key - to jump to your desired section. Then, press press Enter to follow the link in that section.

Access Keys for DeafBlindinfo.org:

1 = Plain
2 = Bold
3 = Graphics
S = Search DeafBlindinfo.org
J = Jump to Main Content of the Page
H = Home Page
Q = Frequently Asked Questions about DeafBlindness
T = Tools for Independence
M = Site Map
I = A to Z Index of Topics
R = Resources Page
F = Parent and Family Resource Guide
Y = Youth/Transition Resource Guide
G = Adult Resource Guide
Z = Senior Citizen Resource Guide
X = Deafblind People in History
E = E-mail the Webmaster
L = Link to Us
P = Privacy Policy
K = Access Keys List

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Resources for Users with Low Vision

  • Adjusting Fonts and Colors contains instructions on how to change the appearance of any web site, using Internet Explorer, Netscape Navigator, AOL, and Opera web browsers.
  • Adjusting Your Browser to Suit YOU has links to instructions for even more browsers, and tips for viewing the Internet when you have vision loss.
  • Guidelines for Web Users with Low Vision provides more tips on making web sites easier to read.

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Resources for Web Site Designers

The following resources are excellent sources of information and training about accessible web design: why it’s important, tips and instructions, training sources, information about validation and repair tools, and more.

  • WebAIM - Web Accessibility In Mind
  • Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) of the W3C
  • Business Benefits of Accessible Web Design
  • How People with Disabilities Use the Web
  • Getting Started: Making a Web Site Accessible)
  • useit.com: Jakob Nielsen’s Website
  • HTML Authoring Tools

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