Web Content Accessibility

Mobility/Motor Impairments and Our Web Site

Mobility impairments are often neglected when Web developers work on new designs or changes to their Web sites. For the user with such impairments this can be disastrous. Mobility/motor and physical disabilities that can affect the usefulness of Web content include:

  • limited muscular control - involunatary movements, lack of coordination, or paralysis.
  • muscular weakness
  • limited sensation
  • joint problems
  • pained movements
  • missing limbs

DOA recognizes that users suffering from mobility/motor or physical disabilities have special needs and requirements when it comes to using our Web site. We respond with the following methods/solutions:

  1. When we use dropdown navigational elements or controls, we try to provide alternative navigation or input solutions as well.
  2. We try not require time-limited responses to options on our Web content/pages (the user can work at their own pace without fear of losing their place in the workflow of a Web application or navigational path).
  3. Forms that require fill-ins or choice selections can be navigated by way of tabbing in a logical order. Alternative input or contact resources will also be provided.
  4. For pages that utilize image maps, the "clickable regions" are made as large as possible and if size constraints are necessary for these clickable regions we offer textual links nearby that will lead to the same content.
  5. Our pages contain "Skip to Main Content" (Skip Navigation) links. Anyone that visits one of our Web pages while utilizing a screen reader or audio browser should initially be presented with the ability to skip past our upper page or side navigational links directly to the main content for that page; they will not have to endure repetitive navigation links on each page and should save tremendous time and effort as they browse for links or information that is truly important to them.

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