Universal Design & Standards Compliance:
The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth) is committed to making information accessible to everyone. Accordingly, every effort has been made to ensure the content of the NCWD/Youth website is accessible to all users, including those with disabilities. The site complies with the U.S. Federal Government’s Section 508 guidelines and, in addition, the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI)’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 1.0), Priorities 1 through 3. The website is constructed using elastic design as a guiding principle to allow the user to control the browser environment. Towards this end, the website uses cascading style sheets (CSS) and is designed in html 4.0 transitional. The visual aspects of the site use rich contrast colors and the layout has been designed in line with industry standard usability and visual design principles. The site design, content and features evolved from several rounds of user testing. Multiple types of potential website users and multiple types of disabilities (e g visual impairments, cognitive impairments, etc.) were taken into account as the site was developed.
NCWD/Youth makes every effort to ensure that the NCWD/Youth website is universally accessible. Alternative text is used in describing graphics and hyperlinks contain summary information versus non-descriptive hyperlinked titles. Pop-up windows are not used to display information or other websites. Instead, when users click hyperlinks to visit other sites, they first view an exit page, letting them know they are navigating away from the site. Structural tags are used for their intended purpose, a logical tab order has been implemented, a long description option and skip navigation option exist, and aural features have been integrated for non-visual navigation. In addition, distinct document types are labeled clearly (e g MS Word, PDF) and an accessible version of the information contained within our documents is always available. The designers at NCWD/Youth keep current on issues pertaining to web accessibility and to modifications made to accessibility standards.
The NCWD/Youth website has been optimized to work with multiple versions of multiple browsers including Internet Explorer, Netscape Navigator and Opera. Text size is not fixed and can be adjusted from the user side. It is always recommended that users upgrade to the most current version of whatever browser/browsers they use.
NCWD/Youth has put together a list of accessibility resources. From books to videotapes to websites, we have listed both technical and non-technical resources pertaining to web and electronic accessibility. View our comprehensive list of accessibility resources.
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