We believe outdoor recreation and adventure should be accessible regardless of ability, which is why we’re so passionate about accessibility, in our programs, on our website, and beyond.
|Adaptive Riding w/ Disability||4||200 lbs maximum|
|Adaptive Riding w/o Disability||8||200 lbs maximum|
|Aquatics||4||Program Manager discretion|
|Challenge Course||8||33-300lbs Max height: 6’8”|
|Climbing – Indoor||4||Must be able to wear properly fitted harness|
|Climbing – Outdoor||4||Must be able to wear properly fitted harness|
|Equine Assisted Learning (EAL)||4||No weight limit|
|Hippotherapy||2||100 lbs maximum|
|Nordic Skiing, Snowshoeing & Biathlon||5|
|Paddle Sports||4||275 lbs maximum, Adult PFDs fit 30-58″ Chest|
|Rafting – Fisher Towers, Labrynth, or Ruby/ Horsetheif||6||50 lbs minimum and at maximum must be able to wear a 58” chest size PFD|
|Rafting – Gates of Lodore, Westwater, Cataract Canyon||13||90 lbs minimum and at maximum must be able to wear a 58” chest size PFD|
|Snowboard||5||Program Manager discretion|
|Ski||3||200 lbs maximum for participants who require assistance with chairlift loading and unloading or getting up after a fall|
|Trail Riding||8||220 lbs maximum|
|Water Sports||5||200 lbs maximum for sit skiers|
|Bi-ski HOC (sit ski)||Equipment must be able to fit properly||250 lbs if assistance is not required|
|Bi-Unique (sit ski)||Equipment must be able to fit properly||220 lbs if assistance is not required|
|iSki Bike (sit ski)||Equipment must be able to fit properly||350 lbs if assistance is not required|
|Kart Ski (sit ski)||Equipment must be able to fit properly||250 lbs if assistance is not required|
|Mogule Master Twin Ski (sit ski)||Equipment must be able to fit properly||220 lbs if assistance is not required|
|Mountain Man Sit Ski (sit ski)||Equipment must be able to fit properly||200 lbs if assistance is not required|
|Nissin Mono Ski (sit ski)||Equipment must be able to fit properly||225 lbs if assistance is not required|
|Praschberger (sit ski)||Equipment must be able to fit properly||225 lbs if assistance is not required|
|Revolution Pro-Comp (sit ski)||Equipment must be able to fit properly||220 lbs if assistance is not required|
|Snow Slider||Equipment must be able to fit properly||180 lbs|
|Stalmach Ski Bike||Equipment must be able to fit properly||200 lbs|
|Yetti Mono Ski (sit ski)||Equipment must be able to fit properly||210 lbs if assistance is not required|
If you have a disability that requires a translation service, please contact us 21 days in advance so we can work to make reasonable accommodations.
The National Ability Center requires closed toe shoes for all programs except aquatics, water sports, paddling, and river rafting. Closed toe shoes are defined as: Shoes that completely cover the foot and heel. Sandals or any other type of shoes with openings, holes, or slits in the shoe are not considered closed toed shoes (examples of footwear NOT considered closed toed shoes include: Crocs, Keen/Chaco/Teva sandals, ballet flats, flip flops, etc.).
For equestrian participation boots with a firm sole and a ½ – 1 inch heel are strongly recommended. In programs where shorts are acceptable, they need to be at least finger tips in length.
We are strongly committed to building the accessibility of our surrounding outdoor spaces and public lands. We are working closely with the BLM, Utah Office of Outdoor Recreation, Moab Travel Council, National Parks Service, Park City Mountain Trails and others to focus efforts on accessible trails and spaces.
This work is just at the beginning of what can be. Please reach out to us if you wish to share your thoughts and ideas. Together we can make a difference. Let us know how we can be a resource and advocate for accessing outdoor recreation areas beyond the National Ability Center.
Payment and Payment Plans or Scholarship Applications are due at the time of registration. Payment is considered past due two (2) weeks prior to the program start date with the exception of Hippotherapy, in which case payment is due within thirty (30) days of receiving the previous month’s invoice. We accept all major credit cards.
The participant’s account must be current with no outstanding balances to participate in programs.
To ensure quality programming and remain in good standing, it is an expectation that you communicate when you are unable to attend your scheduled program with advanced notice. The National Ability Center adheres to the following cancellation policy. Cancellation notices received within the following time frames will be eligible for refunds or make-ups and will be treated as detailed in the situations below. Participants with multiple No Call/ No Show lessons or frequent cancellations may be subject to the following: the loss of future scholarship and/or re-evaluation of scheduled lessons. See Notice of Tardiness or Cancellation, Make-up Policy and No Call/ No Show Policy for additional information.
Please contact Reservations before your visit with any questions or concerns.
CANCELLATION BY A PARTICIPANT OF AN ENTIRE SESSION OR CAMP
Notice of cancellation received:
*Admin fee only applied to Equestrian, Ski & Snowboard, Water Sports, Adventures, & Camps.
CANCELLATION BY A PARTICIPANT OF A LESSON WITHIN A SESSION
Notice of cancellation received:
The National Ability Center does not prorate the cost of lessons within a session. Make-ups subject to availability.
CANCELLATION BY A PARTICIPANT OF A SINGLE LESSONS OR ADVENTURE TRIP
Notice of cancellation received:
*Admin fee only applied to Equestrian, Ski & Snowboard, Water Sports, Adventures, & Camps.
CANCELLATION BY FAMILY PROGRAMS & LODGING
Notice of cancellation received:
CANCELLATION BY DAY GROUP
Notice of cancellation received:
CANCELLATION BY MULTI-DAY OR OVERNIGHT GROUP
Notice of cancellation received:
CANCELLATIONS BY THE NATIONAL ABILITY CENTER
The National Ability Center reserves the right to cancel lessons, experiences and camps at any time if the conditions are deemed unsafe. This includes adverse weather conditions, highway/resort closures or other unforeseen circumstances. In the rare event that the National Ability Center cancels a lesson, experience or camp, the following applies:
Lessons within a Session Not Already in Progress:
- The National Ability Center may schedule a make-up lesson at no additional charge. If the participant is unable to attend the offered make-up lesson, no credit or refund will be issued. If the National Ability Center is unable to offer a make-up lesson, a prorated credit will be offered.
Single Lessons Not Already in Progress:
- The National Ability Center will provide a make-up lesson at no additional cost.
Family Programs and Open Adventure Trips Not Already in Progress:
- The National Ability Center will provide a full credit or refund.
- The National Ability Center will provide a full credit or refund. Camps are subject to cancellation due to low reservations or at the discretion of the Camp Manager.
Lesson or Program in Progress:
- No credit or refund available. A make-up may be available if the cancellation is due to adverse weather. See Adverse Weather Policy.
ADVERSE WEATHER POLICY
If the staff member feels that adverse weather conditions do not allow for the safe commencement or continuation of an activity, the staff member is empowered to cancel the activity to mitigate possible risk to participants and manage safety issues. Adverse weather conditions include but are not limited to:
- Lightning in the area
- Strong wind gusts
- Driving rain
- Unsafe weather temperatures
In the event that thunder or lightning occurs in the area, a minimum of thirty (30) minutes must pass after the last sound/sighting of thunder or lightning strike prior to the resumption of any activity. The National Ability Center will perform conditions checks every 30 minutes and the activity will resume once conditions are deemed safe. If the National Ability Center cancels a lesson due to adverse weather within the first 30 minutes of the lesson’s scheduled start time, a make-up lesson may be scheduled at no additional charge (please note that there are no make-ups for hippotherapy or camps). If the National Ability Center cancels a lesson due to adverse weather more than 30 minutes into the lesson, no make-up will be offered.
Participants should plan to participate in scheduled activities in light rain and wind.
National Ability Center offers make-up lessons as provided above in the Cancellation Policy. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein, there are no make-ups for hippotherapy or camps.
The cost of each make-up lesson varies by program as provided below:
|Open Adventure Trips||$20.00|
|Ski & Snowboard||$20.00|
|All Other Programs||$7.00|
In addition, the following apply to make-up lessons:
- Make-ups must be completed within the same season as the lesson canceled and may not be carried forward to future seasons.
- One (1) lesson from a session is eligible for make-up and may be made up at any time in the same season.
- Make-ups will be scheduled pending the availability of program staff, space and equipment or other needed resources.
- Equipment rentals are not guaranteed for make-ups in the Ski and Snowboard Programs.
- Participants are only entitled to schedule one (1) make-up lesson per make-up eligible lesson.
- Any make-up lessons canceled may not be rescheduled.
The make-up of lessons that take place at locations not owned or operated by the National Ability Center are further subject to the policies of the owner/operator of such locations.
Participants who are not independent in personal care (i.e. require assistance to dress, eat, use the bathroom independently, or self-monitor their behavior), will need to bring an aid with them during transportation and program lesson that will attend to the individual’s needs listed above.
Our programs have been designed with the accommodation of caregivers in mind. These requirements are based on potential risks and are not intended to be discriminatory in any way.
We are thankful for the financial support contributed by community donors and partners from around the world. All information gathered, presented and provided by the National Ability Center is used solely to benefit our mission. Donor information is considered confidential and is treated as such. The National Ability Center does not sell, rent or trade donor lists. We value our donors and adhere to the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ Donor Bill of Rights. If at any time you choose not to receive communications from us, you may contact the Marketing and Communications Department and your name will be removed from our mailing list.
- Group are not fully registered until signature and deposit have been received.
- Once contract has been sent, a signature and nonrefundable 15% deposit must be received within (30) days or the contract will be terminated. Deposit is applied to total cost of programming.
- If applying for Scholarship, the approved scholarship amount is reflected in the pricing information above.
- No more than (14) days after the group contract is fulfilled, a final invoice will be received. Once received, the group has (14) days to make final payment.
- Any group who does not complete final payment by the deadline above will no longer be eligible for programming at The National Ability Center.
- Any changes that need to be made after this contract is signed must be approved by The National Ability Center and a new contract will be sent and signature required.
- Any cancellation greater than (6) months prior to program start date is eligible for a full refund minus 15% deposit.
- Any cancellation greater than (3) months prior to program start date is eligible for a 50% refund.
- Any cancellation within the (3) month period prior to program start date is not eligible for refund.
- All refunds do not include non-refundable third-party charges.
Cancellations by National Ability Center and Late Arrival Policies:
- The National Ability Center reserves the right to cancel programs at any time if the conditions are deemed unsafe. This includes adverse weather conditions, highway/resort closures, or other unforeseen circumstances. In the rare event that the National Ability Center cancels programming, the following applies:
- If the National Ability Center cancels an activity more than (30) minutes into the activity, no alternative activity, rescheduling, or refund will be issued.
- If the National Ability Center cancels an activity prior to the activity start time or during the first (30) minutes, the National Ability Center will offer an alternative activity, an alternative time for that activity, or a refund (less any incurred non-refundable third-party vendor costs).
- Groups arriving within (20) minutes after the program start time can still engage in the program, but the program may be modified and will end at the regularly scheduled time. No discounts or partial refunds will be issued.
- If the National Ability Center has received a call or text at (435) 649-3991, indicating the group will be more than (20) minutes late, programming will still be provided, if practical, but it may be modified and will end at the regularly scheduled time. No discounts or partial refunds will be issued.
- Due to the nature of National Ability Center work, it is required that each participant complete a participant profile and sign our electronic waiver before participation in any NAC events. The participant profile collects important information on each person for the National Ability Center to provide the safest and best programming. This is also where each participant will sign, or have their guardian sign the required liability waiver.
- The National Ability Center reservations team will send a unique link and directions for completing your participant profile & signature online before your group program.
- An individual cannotparticipate until their profile is complete and their waiver is signed. No exceptions will be made.
- This needs to be completed by all participants on annual basis. No refunds will be issued due to incomplete or insufficient paperwork.
- Access to lodge rooms will not be granted until check-in time (4pm). Early check-ins require written permission from the Group Reservations Team in advance.
- Any group who does not provide participant information at least (2) weeks prior to program start date will not be guaranteed appropriate lodge accommodations, including, ADA needs, dietary restrictions and allergies.
- Participant information is outlined in the ‘Paperwork Policy’ above
- All posted lodge policies must be followed at all times while at the lodge.
- The group will be charged to any damage to lodge rooms while utilized.
- The National Ability Center must be notified of any changes in catering numbers, dietary restrictions or allergies at least (14) days prior the program start date to be taken into account. If numbers change after (14) days the group will be charged in full for any food costs incurred.
For the protection of staff, volunteers and all other participants, we ask that anyone that has or exhibits any of the following please refrain from participating in our programs or activities:
- Sore throat
- Chicken Pox
- Runny Nose
- Any other contagious illnesses/diseases including influenza or COVID-19
Please reschedule if you are experiencing cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, fever, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, have tested positive, have been around anyone who has tested positive for Covid-19 in the past 10 days, or have been instructed to quarantine by a public health official, school or other organization (such as an employer or sports team).
Many of our participants have compromised immune systems, and exposure to viral and/or bacterial infection could have serious consequences. If the National Ability Center determines that a participant is too sick to participate, parents or emergency contacts of that person will be notified and are responsible for pick-up within a reasonable time-period.
Before returning to lessons or activities the participant must:
- Be free of fever, vomiting or diarrhea for 24 hours without suppressants.
- Allow 24 hours since the first dose of prescribed antibiotics.
- Await the results of a throat culture or other tests are negative.
Volunteer or Participant Testing Positive for Covid-19
Any volunteer or participant who tests positive, whether vaccinated or unvaccinated:
Must stay away from programming for ten days. If symptoms begin, this is considered day 0, and they must stay away from programming until day 11. It is recommended that volunteers and participants test at home before returning. Contact the Reservations team to let us know if you have tested positive for COVID-19 so that we may follow contract tracing protocols and cancel any programs that fall within your isolation period.
Volunteer and Participant Exposure to COVID-19
Any person who has been exposed to an individual who tested positive for COVID-19, whether vaccinated or unvaccinated:
If you do not have any symptoms, even if you have tested negative, you must strictly mask on NAC programs, at events, or on facility grounds for ten days. It is recommended to be tested on day five and watch for symptoms. If positive for symptoms, please follow the guidelines above for testing positive for Covid-19. Contact the Reservations team to inform us before your arrival if you have been exposed to COVID-19 so that protocols may be adequately followed.
Indoors: If you are around a person who tested positive within the last 48 hours or who was symptomatic at the time of contact, you are considered exposed.
Outdoors: You are not considered exposed in an outdoor setting.
When wearing a mask, it must be an approved mask: procedural masks, N95, KN95, and Airband.
Staff will comply with a request to wear a mask anytime to support team members, volunteers, guests, and participants. Staff will ask at the beginning of individual programming or meetings if the guest/participant would like a mask to be worn. Individuals requesting that all parties involved wear masks should enroll in private/individual programming. If a participant is part of a group, we will not require the entire group to wear a mask.
Please contact our reservations team for questions and accommodations. (435) 649-3991.
The National Ability Center, into whose care the participant has been entrusted, consents to any medical or surgical diagnosis or treatment, and/ or hospital care to be rendered to the participant upon the advice of any licensed physician and/ or dentist.
It is also understood that the participant or parent/ guardian will be held responsible for any expenses incurred during the medical treatment of the participant.
NO CALL/ NO SHOW POLICY
A No Call/ No Show occurs when a participant or their representative either (a) calls/texts less than 2 hours before the lesson start time to cancel or (b) does not call and the participant fails to arrive within 20 minutes after the start time of the scheduled lesson. See Notice of Tardiness or Cancellation for appropriate numbers to call or text. A lesson may also be reflected as a No Call/ No Show if the participant’s paperwork is not fully completed prior to the date that is two (2) weeks prior to the lesson start date.
A No Call/ No Show lesson is not eligible for a make-up or a refund. In addition, if a participant is a No Call/ No Show for two (2) lessons within a session, the remainder of the participant’s lessons for that session may be cancelled and no refund and no make-ups will be allotted to the lessons cancelled. In addition, the participant’s scholarship eligibility may be re-evaluated.
Participants with multiple No Call/ No Show lessons across programs may also be subject to the following: the loss of future scholarship eligibility, a re-evaluation of scheduled lessons for the season, and/or the cancellation of the current session, including all scheduled lessons.
Exceptions to the Cancellation, Make-up and No Call/ No Show policies include medical emergencies, contagious illnesses, natural disasters or highway closures. For an exception to be considered, the Front Desk or Program Department must receive a call with an explanation of the event justifying the requested exception to the policy. That call must be received: (a) not later than 24 hours after the lesson start time, for requested exceptions as a result of medical emergencies; or (b) prior to the scheduled lesson start time, for other requested exceptions. Exceptions to the Cancellation, Make-up and No Call/ No Show policies will not be considered if it is snowing or tire chains are required.
NOTICE OF TARDINESS OR CANCELLATION
To cancel a lesson or give notice that a participant will be late, the phone numbers below should be used:
Business Hours & Contact Numbers:
|Ranch Front Desk||Mountain Center (November – March)|
Call or text 435.649.3991
Mon. – Fri. 9:00am – 5:00pm
LESSON START TIME POLICY
- If a participant is more than 20 minutes late and the National Ability Center has not received a call or text indicating tardiness at the appropriate number above, that participant’s lesson will be cancelled without a refund or make-up and will be considered a No Call/ No Show. See No Call/ No Show Policy.
- If the National Ability Center has received a call or text at the appropriate number above and the participant will be more than 20 minutes late, a lesson will be provided, if practical, but it may be modified and will end at the regularly scheduled time.
- Participants arriving within 20 minutes of the scheduled start time will receive a lesson but the lesson may be modified and will end at the regularly scheduled time.
Sample Application of this Policy
Private equestrian lesson example: Participants arriving late may not have the time to ride but could receive a lesson in horsemanship.
Group equestrian lesson example: If no one is available to supervise the late arriving participant tack up their horse, the participant will not be able to ride that day. Please note: It is not always possible for a late participant to join a group lesson nor can the quality of the lesson be guaranteed for the late participant.
Open Adventure Trips/Family Programs example: If a participant arrives at the meeting place after the group has left to begin the adventure or program, the participant forfeits the lesson and no refund will be issued.
The National Ability Center provides programs in a variety of locations and environments, which are dynamic and ever-changing. Some of these locations include public lands or property owned by a partner of the National Ability Center. We do our best to accommodate mobility needs.
Due to the nature of adaptive outdoor recreation and adventures, our ability to provide access relies on an open conversation between our participants, volunteers and staff. Additionally, some locations, programs and equipment – including but not limited to our Challenge Course, sit skis and rafting program – may require physical assistance to access. Together we can build a plan that works for all parties involved.
When operating on property not owned by the National Ability Center, please refer to both NAC policies as well as the policies of the owner operator.
The Participant Profile includes information about the participant so we can provide an appropriate instructor and give the participant a quality experience. It also includes the media release and liability waiver. Participant Profiles must be updated annually and be current at least two (2) weeks prior to the program start date. Complete your Participant Profile at portal.discovernac.org.
A Physician’s Statement is required for all participants of Adaptive Horseback Riding and Camps. This must be signed by the participant’s physician. The Physician’s Statement needs to be updated annually and be valid at least two (2) weeks prior to the program start date.
The National Ability Center is thankful for the financial support contributed by community donors and partners from around the world. All information gathered, presented and provided by the National Ability Center is used solely to benefit the mission of the National Ability Center. Donor information is considered confidential and is treated as such. The National Ability Center does not sell, rent or trade donor lists. We value our donors and adhere to the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ Donor Bill of Rights. If at any time you choose not to receive communications from us, you may contact the advancement department and your name will be removed from our mailing list.
THE NATIONAL ABILITY CENTER IS A 501(C)(3) TAX-EXEMPT ORGANIZATION.
TAX ID #94-3025807
For those with low vision, blindness, or who need assistance to register, please call us at 435.649.3991.
Reservations may be made via the online portal. If you have any questions, you may call our Reservations Team at 435.649.3991.
Participants who demonstrate financial need may apply for a scholarship to offset the cost of program lessons. The Scholarship Application must be submitted at the time of registration and may be completed online upon checkout. A new scholarship application must be completed each time you register for lessons.
The National Ability Center is an on-leash, dog-friendly location and we encourage you to bring your leashed service dog on property. Please note that all dogs, including service dogs must be leashed while on National Ability Center property and programs.
While we welcome you and your service dog, your service dog’s direct participation in programming with you may not be possible in all situations. If you plan to bring your service dog with you, you may call with the program leaders about what arrangements that will best suit your situation prior to your arrival.
As an example, due to equestrian safety, dogs are not permitted in any aspects of equestrian programming, however we have identified locations on property that are safe spaces for your dog to be tethered or there are crates available to be checked out during the time of your program. Participation and ability to tether is dependent on the behavior of the dog. Please refer to these safety requirements are based on potential risks and are not intended to be discriminatory in any way.
Session lessons are a series of progressive, weekly lessons on a designated day and time recurring for a predetermined number of weeks. Reservations for session lessons less than two (2) weeks prior to the start date will need to be requested by contacting Reservations, will be put on a waitlist and accommodated if space is available. Session lessons will not be prorated. Refer to our Cancellation Policy for make-up lessons should you be unable to attend a session lesson.
Single lessons are available for those who are interested in trying out an activity, cannot come every week of a session, are traveling from out of town, or the days/ times of the session do not work with the participant’s schedule. Reservations for single lessons less than one (1) week prior to the start date will need to be requested by contacting Reservations, will be put on a waitlist and accommodated if space is available.
We welcome a range of traditional and innovative mobility devices; however, for safety reasons, there may be some areas of our facility and partner facilities where use of these devices may be limited. This requirement is based on potential risks and are not intended to be discriminatory in any way.
In order to participate in National Ability Center Water Sports programs participants must meet the following criteria:
- Participants must be able to maintain an open airway without assistive devices and breathe independently, as well as be able to cough and clear their airway.
- Participants must be able to maintain sealed airways under water.
- Participants must be able to maintain control of head and neck while experiencing bumpy conditions, with the assistance of a Type I PFD if necessary.
- Follow instructions and effectively communicate independently or with assistance of a companion.
- Participants must be able to turn from face down to face up position in water independently while wearing a properly fitted PFD.
- Participants who have had a seizure in the last year will be required to wear a Type I PFD and may have additional support provided based on instructor evaluation.
- Participants must be able to endure bumpy, rough conditions, being immersed in cold lake water, and withstand the impact of a potential fall in water.
*Participants may be asked to successfully demonstrate the above criteria through a water test prior to their first lesson of the season. If staff feel that participants do not meet these criteria based on their assessment, staff may require additional safety procedures or refuse service.
The National Ability Center and discovernac.org is committed to providing a website that is accessible, regardless of technology or ability. We actively work to increase the accessibility and usability of our website and in doing so adhere to many of the available standards and guidelines.
This website endeavors to conform to the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1. These guidelines explain how to make web content more accessible for people with disabilities. Conformance with these guidelines will help make the web more user friendly for all people. This site has been built using code compliant with W3C standards for HTML and CSS. The site displays correctly in current browsers and using standards compliant HTML/CSS code means any future browsers will also display it correctly.
In efforts to ensure accessibility, The National Ability Center tests discovernac.org with the following tools and organizations:
- Accessibe Ace Acessibility Evalutation Tool
- ChromeVox Screen Reader Tool
- Siteimprove Accessibility Tool
- Bureau of Internet Accessibility
- WAVE Web Accessibility Tool
We firmly believe that the internet should be available and accessible to anyone, and are committed to providing a website that is accessible to the widest possible audience, regardless of circumstance and ability. To fulfill this, we aim to adhere as strictly as possible to the World Wide Web Consortium’s (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1 (WCAG 2.1) at the AA level. These guidelines explain how to make web content accessible to people with a wide array of disabilities. Complying with those guidelines helps us ensure that the website is accessible to all people: blind people, people with motor impairments, visual impairment, cognitive disabilities, and more. This website utilizes various technologies that are meant to make it as accessible as possible at all times. We utilize an accessibility interface that allows persons with specific disabilities to adjust the website’s UI (user interface) and design it to their personal needs. Additionally, the website utilizes an AI-based application that runs in the background and optimizes its accessibility level constantly. This application remediates the website’s HTML, adapts its functionality and behavior for screen-readers used by blind users, and for keyboard functions used by individuals with motor impairments. If you wish to contact the website’s owner please use the following email [email protected]
Screen-reader and keyboard navigation
Our website implements the ARIA attributes (Accessible Rich Internet Applications) technique, alongside various different behavioral changes, to ensure blind users visiting with screen-readers are able to read, comprehend, and enjoy the website’s functions. As soon as a user with a screen-reader enters your site, they immediately receive a prompt to enter the Screen-Reader Profile so they can browse and operate your site effectively. Here’s how our website covers some of the most important screen-reader requirements, alongside console screenshots of code examples:
- Screen-reader optimization: we run a background process that learns the website’s components from top to bottom, to ensure ongoing compliance even when updating the website. In this process, we provide screen-readers with meaningful data using the ARIA set of attributes. For example, we provide accurate form labels; descriptions for actionable icons (social media icons, search icons, cart icons, etc.); validation guidance for form inputs; element roles such as buttons, menus, modal dialogues (popups), and others. Additionally, the background process scans all of the website’s images and provides an accurate and meaningful image-object-recognition based description as an ALT (alternate text) tag for images that are not described. It will also extract texts that are embedded within the image, using an OCR (optical character recognition) technology. To turn on screen-reader adjustments at any time, users need only to press the Alt+1 keyboard combination. Screen-reader users also get automatic announcements to turn the Screen-reader mode on as soon as they enter the website. These adjustments are compatible with all popular screen readers, including JAWS and NVDA.
Additionally, keyboard users will find quick-navigation and content-skip menus, available at any time by clicking Alt+1, or as the first element of the site while navigating with the keyboard. The background process also handles triggered popups by moving the keyboard focus towards them as soon as they appear, and not allow the focus to drift outside of it. and enjoy the website’s functions. As soon as a user with a screen-reader enters your site, they immediately receive a prompt to enter the Screen-Reader Profile so they can browse and operate your site effectively. Here’s how our website covers some of the most important screen-reader requirements, alongside console screenshots of code examples: Users can also use shortcuts such as “M” (menus), “H” (headings), “F” (forms), “B” (buttons), and “G” (graphics) to jump to specific elements.
Disability profiles supported on our website
- Epilepsy Safe Profile: this profile enables people with epilepsy to use the website safely by eliminating the risk of seizures that result from flashing or blinking animations and risky color combinations.
- Vision Impaired Profile: this profile adjusts the website so that it is accessible to the majority of visual impairments such as Degrading Eyesight, Tunnel Vision, Cataract, Glaucoma, and others.
- Cognitive Disability Profile: this profile provides various assistive features to help users with cognitive disabilities such as Autism, Dyslexia, CVA, and others, to focus on the essential elements more easily.
- ADHD Friendly Profile: this profile significantly reduces distractions and noise, to help people with ADHD and Neurodevelopmental disorders browse, read, and focus on the essential elements more easily.
- Blind Users Profile (Screen-readers): this profile adjusts the website to be compatible with screen-readers such as JAWS, NVDA, VoiceOver, and TalkBack. A screen-reader is installed on the blind user’s computer, and this site is compatible with it.
- Keyboard Navigation Profile (Motor-Impaired): this profile enables motor-impaired persons to operate the website using the keyboard Tab, Shift+Tab, and the Enter keys. Users can also use shortcuts such as “M” (menus), “H” (headings), “F” (forms), “B” (buttons), and “G” (graphics) to jump to specific elements.
Additional UI, design, and readability adjustments
- Font adjustments – users can increase and decrease its size, change its family (type), adjust the spacing, alignment, line height, and more.
- Color adjustments – users can select various color contrast profiles such as light, dark, inverted, and monochrome. Additionally, users can swap color schemes of titles, texts, and backgrounds, with over 7 different coloring options.
- Animations – epileptic users can stop all running animations with the click of a button. Animations controlled by the interface include videos, GIFs, and CSS flashing transitions.
- Content highlighting – users can choose to emphasize important elements such as links and titles. They can also choose to highlight focused or hovered elements only.
- Audio muting – users with hearing devices may experience headaches or other issues due to automatic audio playing. This option lets users mute the entire website instantly.
- Cognitive disorders – we utilize a search engine that is linked to Wikipedia and Wiktionary, allowing people with cognitive disorders to decipher meanings of phrases, initials, slang, and others.
- Additional functions – we provide users the option to change cursor color and size, use a printing mode, enable a virtual keyboard, and many other functions. Assistive technology and browser compatibility.
Assistive technology and browser compatibility
We aim to support the widest array of browsers and assistive technologies as possible, so our users can choose the best fitting tools for them, with as few limitations as possible. Therefore, we have worked very hard to be able to support all major systems that comprise over 95% of the user market share including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, Opera and Microsoft Edge, JAWS, and NVDA (screen readers), both for Windows and for MAC users.
Notes, comments, and feedback
Despite our very best efforts to allow anybody to adjust the website to their needs, there may still be pages or sections that are not fully accessible, are in the process of becoming accessible, or are lacking an adequate technological solution to make them accessible. Still, we are continually improving our accessibility, adding, updating, and improving its options and features, and developing and adopting new technologies. All this is meant to reach the optimal level of accessibility, following technological advancements.
We are continually seeking out solutions that will bring all areas of the site up to the same level of overall web accessibility. In the meantime, should you experience any difficulty in accessing the discovernac.org website, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 435.649.3991 or [email protected].