Accessibility Policy

The Maryland Community Services Locator (www.mdcsl.org) is committed to making this web site compliant with the State's nonvisual accessibility requirements (Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) 14.33.02.01-.12). For more information on these regulations and guidance, please visit the Maryland Information Technology Nonvisual Access Website.

Accessing Documents in Different File Formats

This web site provides content in several formats that may require plug-ins, or separate browser components, to properly view. All required plug-ins are free to use. PDF documents ensure that you will be able to obtain publications in their original format regardless of what type of computer, browser or operating system you use to access the Internet. In order to view and/or print PDF documents, you must first download the Acrobat Reader software. For best results, make sure you install version 6 or later of the Acrobat Reader. Other plug-ins you may need are: Microsoft Word Viewer and Microsoft Powerpoint Viewer..

Font Resize

As a standard we have limited the font resize buttons to only affect the main content of the site. Internet Explorer and FireFox both support global font resize and page resize.

To adjust the font size in Internet Explorer:

  1. Click on View in the Menu Bar
  2. Then select Text Size
  3. Select the desired text size

To adjust the font size in FireFox, Netscape:

  1. Mac: Command +/-
  2. Windows: CTRL +/-

To resize the entire site in Internet Explorer:

  1. Go to the View in the Menu Bar
  2. Then select Zoom
  3. Select desired zoom percentage

To resize the entire site in FireFox:

  1. Go to the View in the Menu Bar
  2. Then select Zoom
  3. Select Zoom in or Zoom out

Accessibility Features of this Web Site

  1. Consistent navigation. Extremely important for accessibility, consistency is maintained throughout the site. Global, or statewide, links are proliferated across all page tops while contextual links related to the specific page contents are displayed at left. A link to the home page is also provided on the footer of every page of the site.
  2. Style Sheets. The "look" (formatting such as color, font-size, general layout) of the entire website is controlled by separate style sheets. Style sheets reduce coding clutter which enhances ease of navigation when using screen reader software.
  3. Relative Font Sizes Using Percentages. Unlike fixed-sized fonts, percentage fonts automatically adjust relative to their context. For example, if a user chooses to view entire page at a magnified level, each font percentage will adjust proportionately.
  4. Alt Tags. Graphics have a text description (called Alt Tag) accessible to assistive software.
  5. Contrast. Colors used provide sufficient contrast and were chosen with the needs of those with varying degrees of color blindness. In addition, perceptions of color change as we age. Avoiding problem color combinations is important.
  6. Site Map. A site map is provided for alternative navigation through the website.
  7. Printer Friendly Feature. A "Print this Page" link appears on the upper right of each content area. This link leads to a printer friendly version of the page in which all navigation menus, banners and navigation bars are removed. This version also provides a clutter-free page for screen reading software.

If you experience difficulty accessing information on this site, please contact us and tell us what information you were seeking, the URL (web address) of the material you tried to find (if applicable), and your contact information.