The power of the Web is in its universality. Access by everyone regardless of disability is an essential aspect.
Source: Tim Berners-Lee, W3C Director and inventor of the World Wide Web.
Guide Dogs for the Blind strives to make its Web site accessible for all users, including people with disabilities. GuideDogs.com exceeds government standards and has been certified by the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) for Non-Visual Access.
In addition to making technical changes to our Web sites to provide greater accessibility, we test them with multiple assistive technologies - such as screen readers and screen enlarging software - to analyze and modify our pages. We also engage accessibility experts and people with disabilities to further test and modify our Web sites for optimal usability.
Changing the font size
In the header of each page on our Web site, you can increase the font size by clicking the 'A' buttons at the top of the screen. This will allow you to customize the font size to suit your personal preference.
For those members of our audience who use screenreader or speech browser software, we've provided sensible alternative text for images where this alternative text will aid your understanding of the webpage. If you discover an image that does not have suitable alternative text, please contact us.
Logical tab order and page layout
We've built pages so that it's easier to tab through the links - the content area is reached immediately after the header, making it easier to move around within a site. The jump links at the top of the page still provide fast and easy access to the main areas of every page, including the navigation.
Our pages use structured headers to aid legibility. The first header on the page is the main content header followed by any appropriate sub-headers, then by headers for the navigation areas of the site.
This aids users of certain screenreaders and speech browsers - for instance: JAWS users can type INSERT+F6 to hear all the headers on the page, or CTRL+INSERT+ENTER to quickly navigate through the page by skipping to the next header.
We are no longer using tables to lay out page content, except for the display of tabular data.
If you would like further information about our accessibility standards or have problems accessing this Web site, please contact our Webmaster.