Accessibility Statement

This web site has been designed and developed with consideration to those with limited connection speeds and who are using assistive devices.

Style and Appearance

All placement and visual elements are controlled by a central Cascading Style Sheet (CSS). Additionally, our pages also utilize a print style sheet so that the information contained on our site transfers to your desktop printer properly and with only the information needed on the printed page.

Menus and Links

The first link element adjacent to the top navigation links on all pages are used to skip the browser to the content while the second skips to the navigation. These are useful for our guests who access this site in a non-visual format or surf with alternative and assistive devices.  These links are also available to any user using the keyboard to tab through navigation from the head of the page.

All links have title attributes which describe the link to those using assistive or alternate technologies. This description helps keep the link in context if it occurs out of order on the page.

We have also deployed tab indexes for mouse-free navigation so that links follow in proper  or otherwise logical sequence. Typically these will progress logically from the URL field in the browser through to the administration bar (if present), skip options,  top navigation links, the logo/home link, search field, main navigational link, main content links, side-bar links and finally footer links.

Images

Images include ALTernate text that are inline in any document. Those images that are deemed decorative only are called by the screen style sheet only or contain null value attributes.

Where images or graphs are used, “long text” descriptions are used where available either inline or from a long text page. Images using a long text page system are marked with the descriptive “D” link adjacent to the image which bookmarks to the proper description.

Cognitive Support

This site is written in as general a term without flowery language as possible, for the material presented, to equalize access for individuals with cognitive challenges.  Phonetic support and acronym definitions where short-forms are first encountered in text are used.

Forms & Input

Forms are accessible with proper labels and tab orders to minimize complexities while completing and submitting the forms on this site.  Some form areas require login to be reached.

Underlying Code

This site is created with standards-compliant HTML5, CSS3 and relies as minimally as possible on third-party tools such as JavaScript or jQuery. The minimum fall-back level for documents on this site is HTML5 and will render without the benefit of stylesheets or scripting tools.

This site meets or exceeds the WAI (Web Accessibility Initiative) Level AA (Double-A) as well as the Accessibility for Ontarions with Disabilities Act and U.S. Section 508 as defined by the American Disabilities Act.