The purpose of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA) is to improve opportunities for people with disabilities and to provide for their involvement in the identification, removal, and prevention of barriers to their full participation in the life of the province. To this end, the Belleville Police Service has made every effort to make their website accessible and easy to use for everyone, no matter which browser you use, and whether or not you have disabilities.
As our community's population continues to grow, there will be pressure on infrastructure and service providers resulting from the expectations of our citizens. As we consider the significant population growth, it is important to remember that persons with disabilities number a significant part of our population. They suffer substantial disadvantages and exclusion in gaining access to information and communications that the general public usually enjoys.
People with disabilities are a part of the diverse composition of the population we serve. The legitimate needs of all persons drive the need for responsive public services that enhance quality of life. Members of the Belleville Police Service understand the importance of inclusion and will continue to develop strategies and programs that facilitate access to policing services.
Following is a description of the tools that will assist you to navigate the structure and content of this website.
Scalable viewing to make text and web content more readable for the visually impaired may be accessed as follows:
- holding the control key, use the scroll wheel on your mouse to scale the entire website larger or smaller
- in Mozilla Firefox, the website size can also be adjusted by accessing the View menu, then Zoom controls
- in Internet Explorer, content text size can be adjusted by accessing the View menu, then Text Size controls.
Images on this web-site 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.
Browsealoud is a software program that reads aloud all website content and is free to users. As you move the cursor over words, they are spoken aloud. To find out more or download the program visit www.browsealoud.com.
In addition to providing the features noted above, the following strategies have been utilized in the construction of this website to increase website accessibility:
- used navigation mechanisms in a consistent manner
- essential components of the page work without a mouse
- provided information about the general layout of the site (site map)
- good colour contrast between foreground & background
- used style sheets to control layout and presentation
- multiple browser testing has been conducted using current and recent versions of the most popular browsers