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Disability Rights Advocates is committed to maintaining a fully accessible website, compliant with Section 508 standards and the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) for Priority Levels 1, 2 and 3. For more on our adherence to these guidelines, please see our summary of completed checkpoints.
What is Web Accessibility?
An accessible website is one that is usable by all people, without regard to the way in which user the user accesses the site. This goes beyond the realm of disability alone: an accessible website is usable by any browser, by any technology, and by any user. In terms of accessibility to persons with disabilities, this means the website must be accessible to all people, and much more than vision disabilities must be considered.
We are always interested in getting feedback on our website. If you have any comments or suggestions please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
dralegal.org Accessible Design Features
- “Access Keys”, “Help”, “Site Map” and “Search” are provided as alternative ways to assist the user in quickly finding content.
- Text sizes are relative so the user has the ability to increase or decrease all text sizes according to individual preferences or needs:
- Internet Explorer (IE) users: select View > Text Size
- Firefox users: select View > Zoom
- Google Chrome users: select the Chrome Menu > Zoom
- All informational images use <ALT> text (text equivalents). Images used for design and/ or layout are called from the style sheets or contain a null <ALT> attribute, helping to ensure maximum efficiency for those using screen readers and/or those who have images disabled or are using text browsers.
- A “Skip Navigation” link is located at the beginning of each page to enable those using screen readers or text browsers to skip navigation and jump directly to each page’s content.
- HTML headings are used properly, enabling users to more easily identify how content is organized on each page. A consistent approach to headings and layout makes the site accessible to users with learning or cognitive disabilities, and correct use of HTML heading tags makes navigation easy for users employing screen readers.
- Other HTML markup, such as <abbr> tags, are included to enhance accessibility. Where an acronym (such as DRA) is used, and the meaning is not clear through context, the <abbr> tag allows the user to mouse-over the acronym and read the expanded form. Screen readers should read the acronym’s expanded text by default.
- All form controls are properly labeled to ensure compatibility with assistive devices. Additionally, controls and navigation links are designed to be usable by those with motor disabilities or difficulty using a mouse: controls are large, and spaced far from each other, and links are always separated by non-linking text.
- Advanced CSS completely separates content from design, and images are kept to a minimum.This has several benefits including: faster page load, efficient website maintenance, and compatibility with assistive devices such as screen readers.
- An alternative style sheet for printer friendly pages is available for all files. Select File > Print Preview or use the ‘print friendly’ link found on each page.
- All pages are 100% XHTML compliant. By abiding by current published standards for web development, the site maximizes its compatibility with assistive technologies, and well as backwards compatibility with older devices or browsers.
Additional Resources for Accessible Website Design
- W3C Web Accessibility Initiative
- Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0
- Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0
- Section 508 website
- Section 508 standards for web-based applications
- Access Board’s guide to Section 508 standards for web-based applications
*Access keys are designed to provide those using assistive technologies with shortcuts to navigation.
Access keys consist of a single character and, when pressed, bring focus to the navigational element. It is important to note that the invocation of access keys depends on the operating system. For example, Windows operating systems generally require alt plus the access key.