Your Practice Online is committed to making all our websites available to as many people as possible meeting the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act. We will make every effort to ensure its communications are accessible to those with special needs, including those with visual, hearing, cognitive and motor impairments.
Many Internet users can find websites difficult to use due to the way they have been designed. We recognize this is an important issue and endeavor to ensure that all Your Practice Online websites are accessible in accordance with the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) guidelines.
What are we doing?
To help us make Your Practice Online websites a positive place for everyone, we have been using the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0. These guidelines explain how to make web content more accessible for people with disabilities, and user friendly for everyone.
The guidelines have three levels of accessibility (A, AA and AAA). We have chosen Level AA as the target for the Your Practice Online website.
The WCAG 2.0 AA Guidelines provide specific technical guidance on the design of websites to promote access to individuals with a disability. In general, the WCAG 2.0 AA Guidelines ask owners of websites to:
- Provide text alternatives for any non-text content so that it can be changed into other forms people need, such as large print, braille, speech, symbols or simpler language.
- Provide alternatives for time-based media.
- Create content that can be presented in different ways (e.g. with a simpler layout) without losing information or structure.
- Make it easier for users to see and hear content by, among other things, separating foreground from background.
- Make all functionality available from a keyboard, provide users with sufficient time to read and use content, not design content in a way that is known to cause seizures and provide ways to help users navigate, find content and determine where they are on the website.
- Make text content readable and understandable to web navigation tools.
- Make web pages appear and operate in predictable ways.
- Maximize compatibility with assistive technologies on user computers and devices.
How are we doing?
We recognize that not all areas of our websites may be ADA Compliant. We are currently in the process of redesigning and creating new website content to be compliant with the W3C Level One guidelines.
We welcome any feedback on how to improve the site's accessibility for all users. It is our goal to develop a website that is accessible to everyone!