Website Accessibility Statement from PAVE

Partnerships for Action, Voices for Empowerment (PAVE) is making a conscious effort to make this website accessible to everyone. Currently, PAVE is in the process of launching a new website and is in transition.  If you have problems accessing something on the current website, or have a suggestion for improving the website’s accessibility, please email pave@wapave.org.

STANDARDS COMPLIANCE
We are revising and making sure this website follows WCAG 2.0 Level AA accessibility guidelines, so the site should be accessible to individuals who use various technology supports such as screen readers and screen magnification. Additional information about WCAG 2.0 Level AA accessibility guidelines may be found at (external website):  http://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG20/.

MAKING THE TEXT LARGER OR SMALLER
The PAVE website was designed to meet the needs of visitors with text of different sizes. We are changing our format to make it easier for you to use the browser’s controls or assistive technology to change the font size (the exact method will depend on your browser or assistive technology). Headings will always be larger than paragraph text. This helps to make the visual display easier to identify.

We are working to make sure our site uses a “fluid” design. The new website will make it possible for you to click on links, read text, see information, and other illustrations on any size device or at all font sizes.

IMAGES
The PAVE website includes images both to improve the appeal of the site and to share information. The site includes information about the image and also has it included in the alt-text or long description. This helps visitors who cannot access the images still receive the full benefit of our website.

MENU NAVIGATION
All menus on the PAVE site can be navigated using the mouse, keyboard, or touch screen. The site includes drop-down menus that are not always “screen touch” accessible. To help with this problem, PAVE gives the visitor the option of using the menu itself, to take you to a page that provides links to each of the other sites available through our current drop-down.

HEADINGS AND SEMANTICS
The PAVE site supports assistive technology that allows you to navigate using headings. Major sections are described by top level headings or titles, with subsections marked by subheadings in logical progression.

LINKS
Links have been written out to provide our visitor with the information about that site. Links that take you to an external website have been indicated. Links are represented by a different hex color.

COLOR SCHEMES AND CONTRAST
The colors of the text have been selected to have a high contrast from the background to make text stand out clearly and be easy to read. On our revised website, soon to be published, the color contrast will be more apparent. New colors will follow a contrast ratio of at least 4.5:1 between any text and its background. Static text (i.e., text that you cannot interact with) is in a black font.

PDF (.PDF) DOCUMENTS
Portable Document Format (PDF) is sometimes used to preserve the content and formatting of publications and other items that were intended for distribution by hard copy (e.g., paper-based). If you cannot access or read a pdf created by PAVE Staff, please email us: pave@wapave.org

If you are using a screen reader to access the website, you may need Adobe Reader or some similar program to open and read the PDF files. If you have a screen reader, you may also need Access Adobe. You can download Adobe Reader and Access Adobe for free from Adobe’s website at (external website) http://www.adobe.com/

If you have any problems navigating the website, please report them to us by emailing pave@wapave.org. We appreciate your feedback.
Last updated: July 2016