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Program Description

Accessibility Statement

This is the official accessibility statement for the Happenin' Habitats website. In it, we will detail the features that have been implemented within our site to improve the accessibility of its contents for all users, and in particular for users with sensory or physical impairments.

If you have any questions or comments about the accessibility features of this site, email them to info@pwnet.org

Access keys

Right across the site, it is possible to navigate to key pages by typing keys defined on the website. Most browsers support jumping to specific links in this way. On Windows, you press ALT and a specific access key and then ENTER to select and follow the specific link. On a Mac, you press CONTROL and an access key and then Enter.

Every page on this site defines the following access keys:

  • Access key 0 : Accessibility statement
  • Access key 1 : Skip to content
  • Access key 2 : Skip to navigation
  • Access key 3 : Skip to footer links
  • Access key 6 : Smallest Font Size
  • Access key 7 : Medium Font Size
  • Access key 8 : Large Font Size
  • Access key 9 : Largest Font Size
  • Access key q : Return to home page
  • Access key d : Program Description
  • Access key h : What Is Habitat?
  • Access key o : Working with Students Outdoors
  • Access key i : Inclusive Instructional Techniques
  • Access key c : Creating Habitat Sites
  • Access key k : Skippy's Story
  • Access key t : Teacher Resource Center
  • Access key r : Registration
  • Access key e : Information Exchange
  • Access key m : Contact us
  • Access key p : Privacy Policy

Benefits of access keys

Users with visual impairments who use text-to-speech screen readers, like JAWS, benefit from access keys. For example, when JAWS reads a link that defines an accesskey, it announces the access key as well.

Users with certain physical impairments benefit from access keys as they provide alternative and efficient forms of navigation for those users who have difficulty manipulating a mouse to navigate through a website and who prefer to navigate using their keyboard.

Standards compliance

  • Every page on this site is designed to comply with all priority 1 guidelines of the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines and conforms to all standards in Section 508 (29 U.S.C. ' 794d) of the Rehabilitation Act. We will continue to review and seek to extend compliance with these and other accessibility guidelines.
  • Every page on this site is designed to be written in well-formed, valid XHTML with the visual layout and design controlled by valid Cascading Style Sheets.
  • Every page on this site uses structured semantic markup. H1 tags are used for section titles, H2 tags for main page sub-headings. Certain specialist browsers, such as screen readers like JAWS, allow users to navigate through pages by headings and sub-headings when they are properly marked-up in this way. (For example, on this page, JAWS users can skip to the next section within the accessibility statement by pressing ALT+INSERT+2.)

Navigation aids

Every page on this site begins with invisible 'Skip to main content', 'Skip to global navigation', and 'Skip to global subsectional navigation' links which allows users of text only and screen reader browsers to skip over page headers and navigation bars and go straight to the either the main navigation menu or the main page content.


  • Many links have title attributes which describe the link in greater detail, unless the text of the link already fully describes the target (such as the title of a page or section).
  • Links are written to make sense out of context.


All content images used in this site include descriptive ALT attributes. Screen readers read will read this text, and text-only browsers will display it so that, at the very least, users who have problems seeing images can access a sense of what the images are communicating.

Visual design

  1. This site uses cascading style sheets for its visual layout and text formatting.
  2. The size of all of the text on this site can be manipulated by users via the 'text size' options in visual browsers. All key content, all body text and of all of the text contained in navigation menus can be increased or decreased by users.
  3. If your browser or browsing device does not support stylesheets at all, the content of each page is still readable.

Tables and forms

  1. All of the input elements in the forms on this site are marked up with label tags. These provide several benefits:
    • Users who have difficulty navigating through a form with a mouse can, for example, click on the text beside the form elements, such as text input boxes, in order to enter those elements.
    • The use of label tags allows screen readers to intelligently announce what a particular input element is, by reading the label.
  2. All tables containing key content are marked with a summary, so that screen readers and speech browsers read a description of the contents of tables when they first come across them.

Accessibility References

  1. W3C accessibility guidelines, which explains the reasons behind each of the guidelines.
  2. W3C accessibility techniques, which explains in detail how to implement theguideline.
  3. W3C accessibility checklist, a very useful web developer's accessibility checklist.

Valid XHTML 1.0! Valid CSS! Level A conformance icon, W3C-WAI Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0 Bobby WorldWide Approved 508