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Accessibility Statement

The Open Access Project is committed to ensuring our website and materials are accessible and usable to everyone. 


The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is one of America's most comprehensive pieces of civil rights legislation that prohibits discrimination and guarantees that people with disabilities have the same opportunities as everyone else to participate in the mainstream of American life -- to enjoy employment opportunities, to purchase goods and services, and to participate in State and local government programs and services. ​(source: Additionally, Open Access is committed to ensuring the information on its website is accessible to everyone according to Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.


We are committed to providing access to this website to persons with disabilities and make every effort to follow the latest W3C’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines to provide accessible content.


Accessibility is also a core element of Universal Design for Learning (UDL).


The Open Access Website is a work in progress. If you experience barriers to web pages, links, documents, or any other material on this website, please contact so we may resolve the issue.


Ways we strive for accessibility:

Site Design

The site was designed with accessibility in mind by utilizing a pre-designed WIX template which includes consideration to current accessibility standards. High-contrast text is used for readability and ease of use.

This site has been designed with existing accessibility recommendations and standards in mind. To ensure complete accessibility to all users, this site uses a three-column, flexible approach with all global navigation exposed. High-contrast dark text on a light background is used for better readability while meeting or exceeding contrast ratio requirements.


Alternative Text for Images

All images on this site include alt text that identifies the image and when appropriate, describes the function. If you discover an image that is missing alt text, please contact us at



We provide Google Docs, PDFs, and Plain Text versions of most of the documents on the site. The Google Docs and PDF versions have been optimized for accessibility and the Plain Text versions will automatically download when chosen.



Open Access videos are captioned to ensure accessibility and comprehension support for as many visitors as possible. Many videos on our YouTube channel have been captioned prior to being uploaded and/or are enabled to use the embedded closed captioning offered within the YouTube player.  If you encounter a video that is missing captions, please let us know at


Hyperlinks have been worded to make sense within the context of the content and web page.


Text to Speech (TTS), Screen Readers and Other Technologies


If you benefit from a more robust screen reader to access this site and documents, consider the built-in options available across platforms as well as apps and programs that support access to digital content, consider these:

Built-in Options

  • ChromeVox (Screen Reader) is available on Chromebooks. You can turn ChromeVox on or off from any page by pressing Ctrl + Alt + z.

  • VoiceOver is built-in on Mac computers and iOS devices such as the iPhone and iPad. Learn more about using VoiceOver at Perkins School for the Blind.

  • Narrator is a built-in feature for Windows computers and tablets.


Developer Products

  • NVDA (NonVisual Desktop Access is a free and  open-source tool available to everyone.

  • Natural Reader converts text, PDF, and many other formats into spoken audio so you can listen to websites, documents, and more.

  • Read & Write from TextHelp has a multitude of reading and comprehension supports including TTS. 

For any questions or to report an issue, please contact us at

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