Accessibility Statement

Providing access to information for all users, including those with a disability, is really important to us. If there is information on this site in a format you cannot access or if you experience any other accessibility difficulties, please contact us.

Web standards

Deaf Victoria is committed to providing an accessible website to the widest possible audience. This website aims to confirm to Level AA of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2 (WCAG 2.0), developed by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).

We have also followed the Australian Government Information Management Office’s mandatory requirements for Australian Government agencies. This means:

  • The website is designed to display on all commonly used internet browsers.
  • The site has been designed to work effectively with accessibility hardware and/or software.
  • To accommodate a range of connection speeds, page sizes have been kept to a minimum.
  • Our web pages are scalable to accommodate various common screen resolutions.
  • The site offers simple text resizing.
  • Print style sheets are provided to make printed pages clear and free from unnecessary materials.
  • Links are friendly urls and have meaningful link text which can be read by screen readers.
  • Images on this site have meaningful alternative tags which can be read by screen readers.
  • All navigation on this site is fully accessible without Javascript, Cascading Style Sheets or graphical images. The navigation is accessible to screen readers.

In addition to this, we have also included:

  • ‘Skip to Content’ links are available to navigate through pages and sections on the website.
  • You can search our website using basic or advanced search.
  • This website includes proper use of headings that can be navigated through depending on the navigation settings of your screen reader.

Downloadable documents

This website has a limited number of documents that cannot be provided in HTML format. To assist users to download and share web content, some documents are available in PDF and/or Microsoft Word (DOC). We have taken steps to ensure, where possible, that alternate forms are available.

For downloadable documents, an icon appears alongside the document link to indicate the file type and size.

Portable Document Format (PDF)

These files contain both text and images. A PDF file always ends in .pdf. You need a PDF viewer such as Adobe Acrobat Reader to read and access the information contained within PDF files. If you do not have a PDF reader, you can download Adobe Acrobat Reader free for Windows here or for Macs here.

People using screen reading devices generally are unable to read documents directly in PDF format, unless they have an accessibility plug-in installed on their system along with the Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Microsoft Word (DOC)

These files contain both text and images. A Word file name always ends in .doc or .docx. Most work processing applications can open .doc files. If you do not have a word processing application that can view .doc files, you can download Word Viewer here for free.

Using this website

Adjusting the text size
You can make the text size on this website larger or smaller using either the text resizing options in the header of the website or by following these keyboard commands:

  1. Hold down the CTRL key (Windows) or the ‘Apple’ key (Mac OSX) on your keyboard
  2. Use the + or – key, or scroll with your mouse wheel to make text bigger or smaller.

Tab-based navigation
This website allows full tab-based navigation. The website has a main menu of menu items (e.g. About Us, Events, etc.) and each of these menu items has its own sub-menu.

  • When you are on a menu item or link, pressing Enter will take you to that page.
  • Pressing Enter on a main menu item will take you to that section, which will have its own sub-menu.
  • Pressing Enter on a sub-menu item will take you to that page and will also expand any subsections below.
  • Holding down Shift as you tab will take you through the tab cycle in reverse order.

This website was last tested for accessibility on the 29th October 2014.

The website was tested utilising the following tools and passed each test:

  1. Keyboard Accessibility using Apple Safari Browser
  2. WAVE – Web Accessibility Evaluation Evaluation Tool
  3. W3C Mark Up Validation Service.