What Users Can Do to Aid Accessibility

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    Learn How Assistive Technologies 'Read' Webpages

    Assistive Technologies traverse documents using semantic tags. It will present a list of page headings 1, 2, 3, 4,  etc. that the user uses to scan to the topic they are using . If headings are not used to section the page a screen reader user must read the entire document to locate the information they are looking for when they should be able to traverse to the section they want using the headings and only read the portion of the document they want. Just like a sighted user would scan the page and hone in on the section that contains the information they are looking for.  Avoid long pages of text with no section headings.

    The same is true in documents. If consistent styling and headings and labels are not used it makes it difficult for assistive technologies to read.

      Understanding how assistive technologies 'read' your site helps editors to build web pages that are accessible.

      Tools to Help Editors Understand How Assistive Technologies 'read' Web Pages & Documents

      Guidance for Specific Disabilities

      Educate Yourself: Free Accessibility Training

      Free Training at Lynda.com

        The following Libraries offer free access to Lynda.com if you have a local library card! Check it out at:

        Recommended Accessibility Training Courses

        • Web Accessibility Principles
        • Foundations of UX: Accessibility
        • Improving SEO Using Accessibility Techniques

        Username & Password

          The number on your library card is your username and your password is the telephone number you listed at the library when you signed up for your library card.