Foundation Center's website addresses the needs of many different audiences; it is comprised of a large number of pages which are divided into various directories and subdirectories according to function. Acknowledging the complexity of our site, we have included extensive navigation menus on every page that allow visitors to jump between sections. It is very important to us that visitors with disabilities also be able to navigate our site as effectively as possible, so we have taken several measures toward that end as well.
Our website performs optimally with Freedom Scientific's JAWS for Windows, but it can still be successfully navigated other screen readers such as WindowEyes and ZoomText. In addition to accessing text content, adaptive technology users can also take advantage of interactive features on our site such as conducting searches and making purchases.
Known Issues and Solutions
There are two known issues on our Web site that could potentially pose a problem for users of adaptive software. One of these is the drop-down global navigation menus and the expanding directory-specific menus on every page of our site. Although JAWS can successfully process these to some extent, they are long, so reading them is time-consuming.
As a solution to the menu issue, we have embedded a special link into the beginning of each page that allows users of adaptive software to skip past the menus directly to the main content in the body of each page. At the end of each page is a shorter list of text-only links to the primary areas of our site.
If you have trouble navigating the website, please contact us.
Services in Our Regional Hubs for People with Disabilities
Each of our five Foundation Center regional hubs offers a variety of services to patrons with physical disabilities, such as wheelchair-accessible workstations, on-site readers, and sign language interpreters for training classes. Many of these services require that requests be made in advance. Please visit the pages of our regional hubs learn more about specific services, and at the beginning of the main text on the page that opens, select the link entitled "Learn More About Visiting Us."
If a disability prevents you from visiting one of our libraries, books by mail are available on loan.