Accessibility Statement

We are committed to ensuring that our website is accessible to everyone. If you have any questions or suggestions regarding the accessibility of this site, please use our contact form, as we are continually striving to improve the experience for all of our visitors.




Standards Compliance

  • All pages on this site follow priority 1 guidelines of the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines and where possible 2.
  • All pages on this site validate as XHTML 1.0 Transitional.
  • All pages on this site use structured semantic markup. H2 tags are used for main titles.




Structural Markup

Web pages on include 4 different areas:

  • A header
  • A column, which contains the main navigation
  • A main content area
  • A column which compliments the main content area
  • A footer

When CSS (Cascading Styles Sheet) are not applied to a document (or when using a screen reader), the 5 areas are read in the above order.





  • Many links have title attributes which describe the link in greater detail, unless the text of the link already fully describes the target
  • Links are written to make sense out of context
  • URLs are permanent whenever possible




  • All form controls are appropriately and explicitly labeled
  • We provide an email address as an alternative form of access for our online forms
  • Form validation routine does not rely on client-side script




  • We are using non obtrusive client-side scripts
  • Content of this web site is usable without JavaScript support



Visual Design

  • This site uses cascading style sheets for visual layout
  • This site uses only relative font sizes, compatible with the user-specified "text size" option in visual browsers
  • If your browser or browsing device does not support stylesheets at all, the content of each page is still readable
  • Any information conveyed through the use of color is also available without color (i.e. text based)



Accessibility Reference



Accessibility Software

  • JAWS, a screen reader for Windows. A time-limited, downloadable demo is available.
  • Lynx, a free text-only web browser for blind users with refreshable Braille displays.
  • Links, a free text-only web browser for visual users with low bandwidth.
  • Opera, a visual browser with many accessibility-related features, including text zooming, user stylesheets, image toggle. A free downloadable version is available. Compatible with Windows, Macintosh, Linux, and several other operating systems.