American Sociological Association

Accessibility

Accessibilty and the ASA Website

What is Accessibility?

Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, as amended in 1998, is a Federal mandate that requires that information technology be accessible to people with disabilities. According to the law, information maintained or used by the Federal government must be accessible to people with disabilities, including employees and members of the public.

To serve the public, ASA strives to maintain its website under the guidelines of 1194.22 of Section 508 that deal with accessibility standards for the web and works continuously to ensure that www.asanet.org is accessible to those with functional impairments.

Definitions of Section 508 standards for web-based informationĀ is available from the Access Board.

Accessibility Features of the ASA site

  • Text Descriptions Provided for Images and Pictures - When the mouse pointer or pointer alternative moves over an image, a small window pops up to give you a description of the image. This description is also provided to visitors who are using screen readers to access information on the page.
  • Style Sheets Used to Format Page on this site are designed using cascading style sheets. This allows visitors to disable the formatting provided and apply their own formatting if they choose. Style sheets are disabled withinyour browser's settings or preferences options.
  • Changing Text Size The latest version of several web browsers allow users to easily increase the font size for better readability. Hold down the Ctrl key (Command key on a Macintosh) and press the + (plus) key. You can also decrease the font size by holding down the Ctrl or Command key and pressing the - (minus) key.
  • Direct Links to Main Sections of Each Page are provided for those using screen readers - Screen readers tend to read pages from left to right and from top to bottom. The pages in this site provide internal bookmarks so that screen reader users can jump directly to specific sections of the page.

Changing Text Size

Modern web browsers (e.g., Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari) allow users to easily increase the font size for better readability. Try holding down the Ctrl key (Command key on a Macintosh) and press the + (plus) key. You can also decrease the font size by holding down the Ctrl or Command key and pressing the - (minus) key.

If you are still having trouble changing your browsers text size, visit the Web Accessibility Initiative site for more detailed information on your browsers accessibility features. You should also consider upgrading to the latest version of your browser.

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