We Value Digital Inclusion

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In our effort to provide a fully accessible and optimized user experience for all site visitors, Vantage West has taken careful measure to ensure an excellent user experience, regardless of the assistive technology being used to access this site or the specific abilities of those individuals seeking access to this site.

The Vantage West website is monitored and tested regularly by internal resources and by AudioEye, a third-party provider of Web Accessibility testing and monitoring. As issues of accessibility are identified, results of automated and manual testing are managed through the AudioEye® Digital Accessibility Platform. As new solutions are discovered to improve the user experience, remediation is tracked through the AudioEye system and fixes are implemented to improve the website user experience.

This website is regularly tested using a variety of assistive technologies.
We recommend using the following web browser / screen reader combinations for an optimized experience:

For Windows users: JAWS and Internet Explorer or NVDA and Firefox

For Mac users: VoiceOver and Safari or VoiceOver and Chrome

For mobile users: VoiceOver for the iPhone and TalkBack for Android devices

Free Assistive Tools for Everyone

In partnership with AudioEye, we are proud to offer free web enhancement tools that let you customize your website experience with us. These provide the ability to increase text size, read text to you, and also help those who may have cognitive or physical disabilities to access our website.

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The following tools are made available from the Accessibility Icon Button, the AudioEye Ally+ Toolbar, in the bottom right-hand corner of this website:

 

play button The AudioEye Player

This tool mirrors the features and functions of traditional screen reader software, allowing the user to engage with the web environment by listening to content instead of reading. Users may control the user experience using the keyboard or mouse.

 reader image The AudioEye Reader

This tool allows users to enlarge the viewport, change color contrast schemes, increase font sizes, and control the size of the mouse pointer. The Reader reduces site clutter and distracting content, while simplifying and normalizing the user interface.  When paired with the Player, the Reader can highlight text as it is being read aloud.

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Simplifies and optimizes the user experience for keyboard users and individuals with cognitive disabilities.

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Provides keyboard users and screen reader users with options to quickly navigate keyboard focus to different areas of the webpage.

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This tool is used for reporting accessibility-related issues that are processed by AudioEye accessibility subject matter experts.

These tools are designed to help our members and other site visitors, but in particular, aging populations and individuals who have vision, hearing, motor and intellectual (cognitive) disabilities; those who are color blind, dyslexic, are learning to read, learning a second language, or may prefer listening instead of reading.

Our Commitment

We seek to enhance the user experience for all people with diverse abilities by providing the type of high-quality user experience everyone deserves. Our goal is not only one of inclusion but to also provide a superior user experience for anyone accessing the Vantage West website.

AudioEye Accessibility Certification

The AudioEye Certification seal represents a commitment to accessibility and digital inclusion. The AudioEye certification process involves automatic and manual testing with the goal of conforming with Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Level AA Success Criteria.

AudioEye certifies that the vantagewest.org website has been designed and optimized to conform with WCAG 2.0 Level AA Success Criteria to the greatest extent possible.

AudioEye and Vantage West continue to collaborate in an ongoing effort to maintain conformance and provide an accessible user experience for all users.

Web Accessibility Guidelines

Vantage West has leveraged the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 as reference to ensure the web content made available from this site is more accessible for individuals with disabilities and user friendly for everyone.

These globally recognized best practices (as recommended by the World Wide Web Consortium) consist of three levels of accessibility measurement (A, AA, and AAA). To the greatest extent feasible, Vantage West has elected to conform to Level AA of these guidelines.

Related Links
Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI)
Design guidelines for electronic and information technology

 

Third-Party Sites

Throughout this website, we make use of different third-party websites such as Instagram, YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook to spread news and information about Vantage West products and services. These sites, which are not controlled by Vantage West, may present challenges for individuals with disabilities that we are not able to control or remedy.

As made publicly available, here are the Accessibility Policies provided from these third-party sites:

Instagram Accessibility
Facebook Accessibility Policy
YouTube Accessibility Policy