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  • Accessibility Statement

    We are committed to ensuring that our website is accessible to everyone. If you have any questions or suggestions regarding the accessibility of this site, please use our Contact Form, as we are continually striving to improve the experience for all of our visitors.

    Standards Compliance

    1. All pages on this site follow U.S. Federal Government Section 508 Guidelines.
    2. All pages on this site follow priorities 1 & 2 guidelines of the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines.
    3. All pages on this site validate as XHTML 1.0 Transitional.
    4. All pages on this site use structured semantic markup. H1 tags are used for main titles, H2 tags for subtitles.

    Structural Markup

    Web pages on www.NiagaraCentreforIndependentLiving.org include 4 different areas:

    1. A header bar that includes the main navigation,
    2. A main content area,
    3. A “side bar”,
    4. A footer.

    When CSS (Cascading Styles Sheet) are not applied to a document (or when using a screen reader), the 4 areas are read in the above order.

    Access Keys

    This site uses the accesskey attribute, defined by the website you’re visiting. On Windows, you can press Alt + an AccessKey; on a Macintosh, you can press Control + an AccessKey. The Opera browser takes a different approach: you press Shift +ESC and then the AccessKey. Please note that in Internet Explorer for Windows, if the AccessKey refers to another page, pressing Alt + an AccessKey will only shift focus to the link. You must then press Return to follow the link. In Windows, Alt + some key is also used for menu shortcuts. If one of my AccessKeys is usurping a menu shortcut of yours, you can always access the menu shortcut by typing Alt then the key.

    The following AccessKeys are defined:

    0 – Accessibility Statement
    S – Skip to Content
    1 – Main Page
    2 – About Us
    3 – Programs & Services
    4 – Events
    5 – Work Link
    6 – Get Involved
    7 – Contact Us
    A – Support Services
    Y – Youth
    P – Projects
    A – Annual Report
    I – Independent Living
    O – Policies
    N – Newsletter
    F – FAQ
    Q – Sitemap
    C – Change Contrast
    R – Font Reset
    M – Medium Font
    L – Large Font


    1. Unless they are purely decorative items, all images used on this web site have suitable alt attributes.
    2. Content should be usable/accessible with images “off” (disabled).
    3. The main navigation bar on this site uses an Image Replacement technique that makes the links accessible to non-visual browsers.


    1. Many links have title attributes which describe the link in greater detail, unless the text of the link already fully describes the target.
    2. Links are written to make sense out of context.
    3. The first link in every document is a “Skip Navigation”; it is to skip directly to what is considered the main section of the page (the content). We have implemented this feature in a way that it allows Internet Explorer users to tab through (past that target link).
    4. URLs are permanent whenever possible.


    1. All form controls are appropriately and explicitly labeled.
    2. We provide an email address as an alternative form of access for our online forms.
    3. Forms on this site can be accessed through an access key (7).
    4. Form validation routine does not rely on client-side script.


    1. We are using non obtrusive client-side scripts.
    2. Content of this web site is usable without JavaScript support.

    Pop up Windows

    1. In visual browsers, unless Javascript is disabled, a small icon appears next to links to external resources, the title attribute of these links says “(opens in new window)”.
    2. Browsers with Popup Blockers should be able to access these external documents.

    Visual Design

    1. This site uses cascading style sheets for visual layout.
    2. This site uses only relative font sizes, compatible with the user-specified “text size” option in visual browsers.
    3. If your browser or browsing device does not support stylesheets at all, the content of each page is still readable.
    4. Any information conveyed through the use of color is also available without color (i.e. text based).

    Accessibility References

    1. W3 accessibility guidelines, which explains the reasons behind each guideline.
    2. W3 accessibility techniques, which explains how to implement each guideline.
    3. W3 accessibility checklist, a busy developer’s guide to accessibility.
    4. U.S. Federal Government Section 508 accessibility guidelines.

    Accessibility Software

    1. JAWS, a screen reader for Windows. A time-limited, downloadable demo is available.
    2. Lynx, a free text-only web browser for blind users with refreshable Braille displays.
    3. Links, a free text-only web browser for visual users with low bandwidth.
    4. Opera, a visual browser with many accessibility-related features, including text zooming, user stylesheets, image toggle. A free downloadable version is available. Compatible with Windows, Macintosh, Linux, and several other operating systems.