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Web Accessibility

SFpark is committed to making this website accessible for all users, regardless of disability, computer equipment limitations, or how they access the Internet.

This site strives to meet Priority 1, 2, and 3 guidelines, for “AAA” compliance of the World Wide Web Consortium, Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0. Additionally, it will satisfy Section 508, Subpart B, Subsection 1194.22, Guidelines A-P of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as revised in 1998.

On September 8, 2000, the State of California launched a comprehensive initiative requiring that each of its agencies and departments adhere to accessible web design and compatibility standards (Executive Order D-17-00). This Accessibility Guide ensures that web content provided by the State of California is reachable by the widest possible audience. It also prohibits the design of Internet and Intranet sites from discriminating against people with disabilities.

There are numerous Federal statutes and regulations protecting the civil rights of people with disabilities, including the Americans with Disabilities Act. Title II of the ADA justly requires the State of California to communicate as effectively with people with disabilities as it does with those without disabilities.

About one out of every five Americans has some form of disability. For half of those people, the disability is severe. The number of people with disabilities is expected to increase as the age of the United States population increases.

Communication Aids

There are four basic categories of disabilities covered by the Accessibility Guide. It outlines how each audience can be reached using alternative forms of communication.

For the blind and those who have low vision, the Accessibility Guide recommends assistive computer technology such as screen readers, refreshable Braille displays, and screen magnifiers. Web site features including keyboard navigation, font size scalability, fuzzy searches, alt tags, and high contrast between background and text should be employed.

In order to aid communication with the deaf and hard of hearing, multimedia should be captioned and enabled with volume control.

Assistive computer technology for people with mobility disabilities includes one-handed keyboards, head/mouth sticks, and eye tracking systems. Keyboard navigation and voice recognition software helps keep web sites navigable for this audience.

To reach to the highly diverse audience with cognitive and learning disabilities, the Accessibility Guide requires simple navigation, consistently presented content, clear labels, meaningful content, summaries of long documents, and accessible vocabulary.

People without disabilities, such as those who have busy hands or eyes or those who access the Internet in poorly lit or noisy surroundings, should also find accessible. People with slow modems, older browsers, or who access the Internet via cell phones, personal digital assistants, or other alternative devices will also benefit from a highly accessible web site.

The Accessibility Guide will continue to be updated as new tools and resources for accessibility are developed.