Our goal is to help the aging, the disabled and their caregivers live the healthiest, safest, most fulfilling lives possible.
We’ve designed this website to comply with accessibility standards and to otherwise make it more accessible to people with disabilities.
Generally speaking, we convey all information through text and instructional videos. We convey virtually no information through graphics, illustrations or use of color.
In addition, no website photos provide important information. We’ve added them simply to enhance the visual experience. Nonetheless, we provide brief alternative text for each photo so that people using screen readers can understand what’s being shown.
We designed page text to be readable. However, visually impaired people may want to increase the size of text and images for increased readability. All major browsers make it easy to adjust the size of web pages and we rely on this method of page-size management to preserve text formatting for readability and increase the size of images as well.
First, we provide a page-size adjustment tool at the top right of the website. Simply click the larger A to increase any page’s size and the smaller A to make it smaller. You can hit either A multiple times to keep changing text and image size. Alternatively, you can use keyboard shortcuts to achieve the same thing, especially if using a mouse is difficult.
On a Windows computer, simply hold down the Control key to the lower left of your keyboard and then hit the plus-sign key to the far upper right of your keyboard multiple times. This will zoom in to increase the size of your page and all included text and images.
Similarly, you can decrease page size by clicking the minus-sign key just to the left of the plus-sign key while holding down the Control key. If you click the zero key just to the left of the minus-sign key, the page size will return to its default size.
Everything works the same on an Apple computer, except that you hold down the Command key instead of the Control key while adjusting page size. Different web browsers also offer additional accessibility features, such as changing type size and controlling text color. So it may be worth investigating additional options to generally make Web browsing a better experience.
When it comes to page navigation, most links are readable by screen readers. For the few that use a graphic button only, we provide alternative text readable by screen readers.
In addition, we make it easy for people using screen readers to skip repetitive sections of web pages. We do this by providing section-skipping links visible only to screen readers.
For example, a person using a screen reader will encounter a link at the top of each page that allows a user to skip past all of the website-navigation links at the top of the page and go directly to the primary page content below. We also provide such links to allow users to skip the content in the right column of each page. This content is also the same on every page, so it can become burdensome for a website user to have to listen to this same content over and over again.
Visually impaired people may also have a difficult time viewing videos and we offer two solutions for them. First, instructors narrate all of our videos, and we try to make sure that each instructor describes everything he or she is doing in each video. As a result, a visually impaired person should be able to learn the vast majority of video content by simply listening to each video’s audio track.
Second, for those cases in which a person is hearing impaired, or a visually impaired person still has a difficult time comprehending video content, we provide a document that summarizes the key points of each video. We provide these documents in H T M L format so that screen readers can read them.
We believe these features make this website accessible to most people with disabilities. If you encounter a severe obstacle, please don’t hesitate to contact us through the Contact form at the top of every web page.