We are continuously working to improve the accessibility of content on our website. Below, you’ll find a few recommendations to help make your browsing experience more accessible.
If you have trouble seeing the pages on this site, we offer these tips for optimizing your computer and browser to improve your online experience.
You can use a free browser plug-in called NaturalReader to listen to the web pages on this website. This plug-in is available for free for personal use.
NaturalReader helps people who may find it difficult to read text online, those who may have literacy problems, or those with learning disabilities such as dyslexia. It is also a beneficial tool for those for whom English is a second language.
NaturalReader reads the words on any web page through your computer speakers.
You can turn NaturalReader on and off with a single click of your mouse. You can also You can manually modify the pronunciation of a certain word.
You must download and install the NaturalReader software or Chrome extension before using it.
Use these common keyboard commands to navigate web pages without a mouse. Some keystrokes may not work with every Internet browser.
Most applications contain hotkeys to improve navigation and provide information. On many screens there is a continue button that allows you to go to the next page or a previous button to return to the prior page. Other keyboard commands, hotkeys or access keys will vary based upon your type and version of browser. You will find a list of these commands in the Help section of your browser. Locate the Help feature on the Menu bar of your browser or by using your keyboard F1 function key. Use these common keyboard commands to navigate web pages without a mouse. Some keystrokes may not work with every Internet browser.
With almost all modern web browsers you can hold down the Ctrl key (Command key on a Macintosh) and press the + (plus) key to increase text size or – (minus) key to reduce text size.
If enlarging the text is not enough to make the page easily readable, the next step is to magnify your screen. Recent versions of Windows include magnification software, which will allow you to increase text to a very large size. The Windows magnifier is limited in its functionality, however, so many visually impaired users find they need a more sophisticated magnification software program. Here is a list of screen magnifier products:
Some website users have difficulty reading text on a web page because of the background or text colors, or because of the way colors contrast with each other. Choose from the following web browsers for step-by-step instructions on how to change background and text colors on any web page you are viewing:
To change the type, size and color of your font and the background color:
Choose the font style and size used on web pages
To change the font:
To change the text and background:
Here you can change the default text and background color to be used on web pages that haven’t specified that information. Click on the color samples to select colors.
The mouse pointer is sometimes hard to see. A Windows feature can help you locate it. (Some mouse drivers or software may not have this feature). Not all versions of Windows behave the same and you may need to refer to Windows help pages for further assistance.
Note: If this does not work, it could be because your computer settings cannot be changed due to local IT policies-contact your local IT support for further help.
(If you have a different mouse or a different mouse driver installed, the options could look slightly different than as described in this section.)
Note: If this does not work, it could be that your computer settings cannot be changed due to local IT policies-contact your local IT support for further help.
If you are looking for mouse and keyboard alternatives, speech recognition software such as Dragon Naturally Speaking may help you navigate web pages and online services. This software allows the user to move focus around a web page or application screen through voice controls. If you are deaf or hard of hearing, there are several accessibility features available to you.
Closed captioning provides a transcript for the audio track of a video presentation that is synchronized with the video and audio tracks. Captions are generally visually displayed over the video, which benefits people who are deaf and hard of hearing, and anyone who cannot hear the audio due to noisy environments. Most of our video content includes captions. Learn how to turn captioning on and off in YouTube.
Your computer, tablet, or mobile device has volume control features. Each video and audio service has its own additional volume controls. Try adjusting both your device’s volume controls and your media players’ volume controls to optimize your listening experience.
If the recommendations above do not meet your needs, we invite you to contact us for assistance.