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Accessibility Features of This Site:

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  1. No Pop-Up Windows

    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 site) or external (located outside the site). If you follow an external link and wish to come back to the site, simply use your browser's "back button" feature.

  2. Screen Color Options:

    To make this site easier to read for people with vision loss, we have two options for the colors displayed onscreen. The color options are located at the top of every page - under the logo, to the left of the "Home" tab. When you select High Contrast or Default Colors, your color choice will be applied to the entire web 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 Copyright/Disclaimers for further information.

    Note: The Screen Color Options feature is currently not compatible with the search function. To facilitate access by people with vision loss, the search results page is always in high-contrast colors, and thus does not use cookies.

  3. 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 +
  4. Printing Pages of this Web Site:

    • All text will print in black ink, in your selected font size.
    • Regardless of your chosen screen colors, no background color will be printed.
    • Therefore, we suggest using light-colored paper when printing from this site.
    • Internet Explorer 5.0 or higher on Windows and 4.5 or higher on Macintosh currently support this feature. Other browsers may, as well.
    • To find out if your browser settings currently support this feature, "print preview" the page compare its appearance to the one described here.
  5. Access Keys:

    If you are using Internet Explorer, you can use keyboard shortcuts called Access Keys to quickly jump to certain links in 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

    1 = Default Screen Colors
    2 = High Contrast Screen Colors
    S = Search
    J = Jump to Main Content of the Page
    W = Home/Welcome Page
    Q = Frequently Asked Questions about DeafBlindness
    U = Supports: Tools for Independence
    M = Site Map
    I = A to Z Index of Topics
    R = Resources Page
    P = Parent and Family Resource Guide
    Y = Youth/Transition Resource Guide
    G = Adult Resource Guide
    Z = Senior Citizen Resource Guide
    X = Deafblind People in History
    B = Feedback Form
    L = Link to Us
    D = Copyright/Disclaimers
    K = Access Keys List

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Resources for Users with Low Vison

  • Adjusting Fonts and Colors - 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 - 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 - 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
  • Jakob Nielsen's Website
  • HTML Authoring Tools

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