The Region of Waterloo is actively working towards achieving a fully accessible website that conforms to the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0.
We are committed to making this website accessible and easy to use for everyone, at all levels of ability.
If you use assistive technology and the format of any content on this web site interferes with your ability to access the information, please contact our Webmaster and we will make every effort to provide you with a format that is accessible to you.
This website allows people using text-only browsers or other assistive technology to read the content on the page, including text descriptions for all images.
You can adjust the size of nearly all of the text on this website by using our font size widget that is found at the top right side of the website. To change the font size, click on the "+" or "-" until you find a font size that is comfortable for you.
Many browsers also provide a way of enlarging text and/or graphics under the "View" menu.
The Region of Waterloo's website can now be read using a program called BrowseAloud.
What is BrowseAloud?
BrowseAloud makes websites more accessible for people who want help reading web pages. They include people with impaired vision, learning difficulties such as dyslexia and those for who speak English as a second language.
Once you install this free program, you will hear words spoken out loud as you move your mouse pointer over text on a BrowseAloud-enabled web page.
With most browsers, you can also choose to have the text highlighted as it is read. Or you can ask BrowseAloud to read a complete page to you.
To stop the reader at any point, press the Ctrl key on the keyboard.
For detailed instructions, visit the BrowseAloud website.
How do I install BrowseAloud?
Follow the simple steps to download and install BrowseAloud.
What does BrowseAloud look like?
BrowseAloud features and options are accessed from a floating toolbar (see above). You can position this toolbar anywhere on your screen or hide it if you prefer.
What will BrowseAloud do for me?
Windows Narrator is a basic screen-reading program. The program gives speech feedback for menus and dialogue boxes. It does not speak the entire web page. The following steps will enable you to turn on that feature:
Macintosh VoiceOver Utility
VoiceOver Utility is a screen-reading program built into the latest versions (OS 10.4 and 10.5) of Apple Macintosh Operating Systems. It provides speech feedback for menus and dialogue boxes and can speak out whole web pages once configured.
Visit the VoiceOver website for more information about VoiceOver Utility.
Visit the VoiceOver download section for an accessible PDF manual or audio recordings of the Getting Started manual for VoiceOver Utility.
Images on the Region of Waterloo's website have alternative text attributes, often known as alt text. This means that the image can be understood by text browsers and assistive technologies such as screen readers.
Some documents on the Region of Waterloo's website are available in a PDF format. Adobe Reader is required to open these files. You can download Adobe Reader free of charge from the Adobe website.
Contact Us for Help
While we make every effort to keep all content on this website accessible to all visitors, please contact us for help if you find any information on this website that you cannot access.
Building an accessible website is an ongoing process and we welcome any comments on how to improve our site's accessibility.