We want everyone who visits the Vermont Insights website to feel welcome and find their website browsing a experience to be rewarding.
We've been using the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 to help guide us in making web content more accessible for people with disabilities, those who use assistive technology, and to make the web more user friendly for everyone.
These guidelines have three levels of accessibility (A, AA and AAA), and we've chosen Level AA as the target for our website.
Many of the documents and pages on the website are in HTML or plain text formats. These formats are generally accessible to people using screen readers and other assistive technology. By using proper headline and paragraph HTML tags we're able to build content that's both accessible to those using this technology, and create a natural visual hierarchy for those browsing with a traditional browser. In this way we strive to build content that can be read by as many people as possible, on as many devices as possible.
Some content that appears on the website is not HTML or in a plain text format. This rich-media content has unique considerations when building for accessibility and has been treated differently.
There are a large number of documents in Adobe Acrobat® Portable Document Format (PDF).
PDF format is used to preserve the content and layout of hard copy publications. Publications in PDF can be viewed and printed using the Adobe Acrobat Reader®, version 3.0 or higher. You can download and get help using the Acrobat Reader at the Adobe Systems, Inc. site. The downloadable Acrobat Reader software is available at no charge from Adobe.
People using screen-reading devices generally are unable to read documents directly in PDF format, unless they have an accessibility plug-in installed on their system along with the Adobe Acrobat Reader. This plugin is also available at no charge from Adobe. Adobe offers online tools that will convert PDF files to HTML on request. To get the plugin and latest news about Adobe's accessibility tools and services, visit the Access Adobe site.
We are working to have the videos on our website support closed captions and/or subtitles when relevant to the streaming content. When activated, streaming media can be made more accessible by supplying a text alternative to spoken language. Popular streaming service YouTube supports browsing with a screen reader with minimal setup.
Our goal is to reach Level AA by December 31, 2018.
We're working hard to make our website reach the Level AA WCAG 2.0 accessibility guidelines. If you do find any problems or have suggestions on how to improve our website's accessibility, please get in touch.
Communications Director, Building Bright Futures
600 Blair Park, Suite #160
Williston, VT 05495
P: 802-876-5010 | F: 802-876- 5011