ACCESSIBILITY

The California Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) website strives to be a model of accessibility that meets the access needs of any site visitor. DOR has implemented the strict guidelines set forth by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and the US Department of Justice (DOJ). The website meets most of the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0 (WCAG 1.0 - Priority 1, Priority 2, and most of Priority 3) and all of the DOJ Section 508 guidelines.

One of the pillars of accessible web design is using defaults and certain design elements that can be adjusted by the end user. This kind of design permits visitors to adjust font size, contrast, and customize other elements to meet their particular viewing needs. Information on some of our special access features, and how to work with custom settings are described below.

Online Forms

On this website there may be online forms (including the online Vocational Rehabilitation Services Application) that can be filled out and submitted. These forms work well with the Jaws 4.5 or Window-Eyes 4.5 screen readers or newer. In addition Windows 2000 (or newer) and Internet Explorer 6.0 (or newer) should be used.

Internet Explorer

Screen Readers only read text and are unable to read graphics. When the reader encounters a picture or graphic, the device may only indicate "graphic" and give no further information, unless there is an ALT tag. ALT tags assists users without graphic display terminals, users whose browsers don't support forms, visually impaired users who use speech synthesizers, and those who have configured their graphical user agents not to display images. When the device encounters a graphic, the user will hear a short description of what it is, such as, "picture of person putting on a seat belt", rather than the generic "graphic."

Firefox

Select the "Tools" menu. Select "Options". Select the "Content" tab. Select "Colors". Select colors desired for "Text", "Background", "Unvisited Links", and "Visited Links" (example: white text and black background) and uncheck "Allow pages to choose their own colors, instead of my selections above". Select the "OK" box, and then the "OK" box again. The colors should change on the browser.

Fonts

The fonts used on this site are a default size, which allows you to make adjustments according to your preference. The following is the easiest way to change the font size for some common web browsers.

Internet Explorer

Click on the "View" menu. Highlight "Text Size". Default setting will be medium. By changing the settings between largest and smallest; the text displayed on the page will be modified.

Firefox

Select the "Tools" menu. Select "Options". Select the "Content" tab. Change the "Default Font" and "Size" values (for more advanced options, select "Advanced" next to the "Size" value). Select the "OK" box, and the fonts should change on the browser.

Another way to change the font size is with Cascading Style Sheets (CSS). However, this may require a programming class in CSS for the more intrepid individual.

Graphics

DOR has limited the use of graphics on the site to ease navigation, limit clutter, increase load speed of the site, and eliminate confusion for screen readers and other assistive technology devices our visitors use.