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Accessibility and Usability Information

The Elk Grove Village Public Library strives to improve its website and ensure that it complies with practices and standards defined by Section 508 of the U.S. Rehabilitation Act and the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines of the World Wide Web Consortium. The Library's website is tested often using online web tools and is frequently updated to identify issues and discover solutions to further improve its accessibility and usability. The results can be found at the bottom of each and every web page of the Library's website.

Web Accessibility Features

  • Text equivalents for all images using alternative text tags for users with visual impairments who listen to content using a screen reader rather than reading it.
  • Omission of blinking content to cater to users who are prone to epileptic seizures.
  • Title attributes for additional information about links.
  • Structural markup to indicate headings and lists to aid in page comprehension.
  • Association of forms with labels to make filling out our email forms easier for users with fine motor disabilities.
  • Templates to provide consistent design and navigation across the site to cater to users with cognitive and learning disabilities.
  • Contrasting colors between text and background and other elements to cater to users with various types of color blindness.
  • Javascript and style sheets to enhance the appearance and functionality of the site. Alternative content is provided where necessary to ensure a usable experience when these technologies are not available.

If you have problems accessing or reading the site, please contact the webmaster.

In-House Accessibility Services

  • CRIS Radios
    Provided by Chicagoland Radio Information Service, CRIS radios are single frequency pre-tuned radios through which verbatim readings of newspapers and magazines can be heard during predetermined time slots. If you or someone you know has a visual or physical impairment that makes reading traditional print sources difficult, stop by the Adult Reference Desk to find out more.
  • Voices of Vision
    Individuals who have difficulty reading traditional print sources due to visual or physical impairments can sign up in Adult Services for the federally sponsored Voices of Vision program. This service provides, free of charge, the loan of a cassette player and taped books that are mailed directly to your home.
  • Homebound Delivery
    Elk Grove Village residents who are unable to visit the library on a long-term basis due to a physical impairment or unusual circumstances can request that materials be delivered to their home by a library staff member.
  • Sign Language Interpreter
    A sign language interpreter will be made available at the library upon request. Patrons must contact the library at least seven days in advance.
  • Motorized Scooter
    A battery-powered scooter is available for use in the library for those individuals in need of ambulatory assistance.
  • Magnifier
    Individuals with low vision who have difficulty reading standard size print can use our Optelec machine. This machine magnifies printed material of all types on a large monitor.
  • Large Screen Computer Monitor
    Individuals with visual impairments can access to our online catalog through a large screen monitor that enlarges text.
  • JAWS - Screen Reader
    Individuals with blindness and visual impairments can use our computer with JAWS (Job Access with Speech) installed, screen reading software that provides users with access to information displayed on a screen via text-to-speech and allows for comprehensive keyboard interaction with the computer.

Last updated: April 23, 2010

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