Our Commitment and Approach to Maintaining an Accessible Website
Our practice is committed to providing a website accessible to the broadest possible audience, regardless of technology or ability. We have made every effort to make our website accessible and easy to use by following the available standards and guidelines.
Our website seeks to conform with Worldwide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. This website aims to comply with Level AA and Level AAA compliance, as practicable.
Accessibility Features of This Website
- Screen Readers: To assist our visitors who are visually impaired or blind, our website is compatible with screen reading software.
- Code Compliance: This site was built using code compliant with W3C standards for HTML and CSS. Standards-compliant code means that the site displays correctly in current browsers and ensures that it will display correctly in future browsers.
- Text Alternative: Except for decorative imagery, all non-text content presented to the user has a text alternative that serves the equivalent purpose. Screen readers can then submit this alternate information to the user instead of the image.
- ARIA Landmarks: We use ARIA landmarks to identify regions of the page, allowing those with screen readers to jump to different sections of the page.
- Skip to Main Content: Our pages all contain a skip to main content link, allowing users to jump directly to the page’s primary content, preventing the header content from being read aloud repeatedly.
- Accessible Forms: Our forms have the proper markup to associate labels with their form controls, making it easier for screen readers to present the form information to the user.
- Headings and Lists: We use the proper markup for headings and lists, i.e., h1-h6 and ol, ul, and dl for lists. Heading markup will allow assistive technologies to present the heading status of text to a user. A screen reader can recognize the code and announce the text as a heading with its level, beep, or provide some other auditory indicator. Some assistive technologies allow users to navigate from list to list or item to item.
- CSS: We use CSS to control the visual presentation of text, allowing users to modify, via the user agent, the visual characteristics of the text to meet their requirements. The text characteristics include size, color, font family, and relative placement.
- Resizing Text: We can resize text up to 200 percent without assistive technology and loss of content or functionality.
- Raster Images: We avoid using text in raster images, which allows user agents to read aloud any text on the page and apply custom style sheets to make the text more legible.
- Keyboard Interface: The site considers people unable to use a mouse. You can navigate the website using your computer’s keyboard or other assistive devices. All content functionality is operable through a keyboard interface without specific timings for individual keystrokes. When all content functionality is accessible through a keyboard or keyboard interface, it can be performed by those with no vision and by those who must use alternate keyboards or input devices that act as keyboard emulators, like speech input software or on-screen keyboards.
- Flashing Content: Web pages do not contain anything that flashes more than three times in any one second or the flash is below the general flash and red flash thresholds. These effects are known to cause seizures if the flashes are bright and large enough.
- Page Titles: Our web pages have titles that describe the topic or purpose. Descriptive titles help users find content, orient themselves within it, and navigate through it. A descriptive title allows a user to quickly identify what web page they are using and tell when the page has changed. Users can use the title to identify the web page without reading or interpreting page content. Users can more quickly identify the content they need when accurate, descriptive titles appear in site maps or lists of search results. Using descriptive titles within link text helps users navigate more precisely to the content they are interested in.
- Locating Content: More than one way is available to find a web page within a set of web pages. We provide breadcrumbs and site maps, making it possible for users to locate content in a manner that best meets their needs. Users may find one technique more accessible or more comprehensible to use than another.
- Highlighting: Most of our website components allow for highlighting by the user agent when they receive focus.
- Default Language: You can programmatically determine the default human language of each web page. Speech synthesizers that support multiple languages will be able to orient and adapt to the pronunciation and syntax specific to the language of the page, speaking the text in the appropriate accent with proper pronunciation.
- Component Focus:- When any of our components receive focus, they do not initiate a change of context, i.e., forms are submitted automatically when a component receives focus. When a component receives focus, it launches new windows.
- Consistent Navigation: We have consistent navigation across our web pages. This technique makes the placement of navigational components more predictable.
- Form Input Errors: In forms, if the system automatically detects an input error, it identifies the item with the error. It provides a text description of the error to the user.
- Proper Coding: Elements have complete start and end tags, elements are nested according to their specifications, elements do not contain duplicate attributes, and any IDs are unique. These errors cause problems for assistive technologies when they try to parse content, which involves opening and closing tags not used according to specification.
- Portable Document Format (PDFs): Some documents on this website are in PDF format. You need Adobe Acrobat to open these files. You can download Acrobat for free. Download Adobe Acrobat.
While we strive to adhere to the accepted guidelines and the highest standards for accessibility and usability, it is not always possible to do so in all website areas.
We are currently working to achieve Level AA and Level AAA conformance to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0, as practicable.
How to Send Feedback on This Website’s Accessibility
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