Website Accessibility Statement
We are committed to providing a website that is accessible to the widest possible audience, regardless of technology or ability.
This website endeavors to comply with best practices and standards as defined by Section 508 of the U.S. Rehabilitation Act and level AA of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0. These guidelines explain how to make web content more accessible for people with disabilities. Conformance with these guidelines will help make the web more user-friendly for all people.
If you would like additional assistance or have accessibility concerns, please contact us at 213-568-3395
All site pages are being run through a W3C compliant validation product, currently WAVE, to monitor compliancy to WCAG guidelines.
We will continue to test the site to make sure that all content on the site is accessible to all visitors.
We will also continue to work to improve the accessibility standards of our website.
This site includes the following accessibility features:
- Skip to content
- Alternative text detail for images (currently in progress for older images)
- Captioned videos
- All static pages follow U.S. Federal Government Section 508 Guidelines.
- All static pages follow priorities 1 & 2 guidelines of the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines.
- All static pages validate as HTML5.
- All static pages on this site use structured semantic markup. H2 tags are used for main titles, H3 and H4 tags for subtitles.
Web pages include 4 different areas:
- A header bar that includes the main navigation,
- A main content area,
- A side bar,
- 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.
- Unless they are purely decorative items, all images used on this web site have suitable alt attributes.
- Content should be usable/accessible with images “off” (disabled).
- Many links have title attributes which describe the link in greater detail, unless the text of the link already fully describes the target.
- Links are written to make sense out of context.
- URLs are permanent whenever possible.
- All form controls are appropriately and explicitly labeled.
Pop up Windows
- In visual browsers, the title attribute of links to external resources says “opens in new window”.
- Browsers with Popup Blockers should be able to access these external documents.
- This site uses cascading style sheets for visual layout.
- If your browser or browsing device does not support stylesheets at all, the content of each page is still readable.
- Any information conveyed through the use of color is also available without color (i.e. text based).
- W3C accessibility guidelines, which explains the reasons behind each guideline.
- S. Federal Government Section 508 accessibility guidelines.
- JAWS, a screen reader for Windows. A time-limited, downloadable demo is available.
- Lynx, a free text-only web browser for blind users with refreshable Braille displays.
- 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.
- WAVE, a free service from WebAIM to analyze web pages for compliance to accessibility guidelines.
- HTML Validator, a free service for checking that web pages conform to published HTML standards.
- Web Page Backward Compatibility Viewer, a tool for viewing your web pages without a variety of modern browser features.
- Lynx Viewer, a free service for viewing what your web pages would look like in Lynx.
- WebAIM, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving accessibility to online learning materials.