Accessibility

Web Accessibility Statement

The American Psychological Association (APA) is committed to ensuring that our websites are accessible to the widest possible audiences, including those with visual, hearing, motor or cognitive disabilities. This statement outlines our ongoing approach to making APA websites accessible to all user groups, including ways in which text and color adjustments can be made and what to do if you have feedback or questions.

APA websites aspire to meet the standards set forth in the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) of the World Wide Web Consortium Web Accessibility Initiative (W3C WAI). APA websites make a concerted effort to conform to the WCAG Priority 2 level, which removes significant barriers to accessing websites and documents.

Accessibility Features

Our current accessibility features include:

  • Alternative (alt) text detail for appropriate images and other nontext elements.

  • Title attributes for additional information about links and indication of new browser windows.

  • Structural markup language to indicate headings and lists to aid in page comprehension.

  • Association of forms with labels.

  • Association of all data cells in a data table with their headers.

  • JavaScript and style sheets to enhance the appearance and functionality of the site.

  • PDF files being created with accessibility features enabled (beginning with those posted since late 2008).

  • Sufficiently contrasting colors to satisfy screen readers.

  • Nonflickering imagery and screens.

  • Contact information available on every screen.

  • Links with title attributes or descriptive targets, written to make sense out of context. Link text is not duplicated.

As APA begins including more multimedia applications — including video — on our websites, we hope to provide closed captioning or audio descriptions in the future. Some videos already have transcripts available.

APA webpages are designed for optimal viewing in the latest versions web browsers:

  • Internet Explorer 10+

  • Safari 8+

  • Firefox 38+

  • Chrome

Changing Font Sizes

Internet Explorer provides a straightforward way to increase font size via style sheets. To do so, open IE, select "Tools" from the menu bar, and then select "Internet Options". Next select "Accessibility" and check "Ignore font sizes" specified on webpages. Click "OK", and then close the Internet Options window. Select "View" from the menu bar, choose "Text Size" and select from "Smallest" to "Largest".

The following keyboard shortcuts control text size:

  • Press Ctrl + (plus sign) to increase the text size.

  • Press Ctrl - (minus sign) to decrease the text size.

  • Press Ctrl 0 (zero) to reset the text size to the webpage's default size.

Mozilla Firefox allows you to temporarily change the size of text on any webpage in the "View" > "Zoom" menu, with "Zoom Text Only" enabled.

The following keyboard shortcuts control text size:

  • Press Ctrl + (plus sign) to increase the text size.

  • Press Ctrl - (minus sign) to decrease the text size.

  • Press Ctrl 0 (zero) to reset the text size to the webpage's default size.

Changing Screen Colors

Internet Explorer allows for screen colors to be changed allowing for greater visual contrast. Follow these steps to choose the fonts and screen colors that will be used for websites that do not specify those settings.

  • Open Internet Explorer.

  • Click the "Tools" button, and then click "Internet Options".

  • To change the font, click the "General" tab, and then click "Fonts".

  • Specify the fonts you want to use, and then click "OK".

  • To change the colors used, click the "General' tab, and then click "Colors".

  • Clear the "Use Windows" colors check box, and then select the colors you want to use. When you are finished selecting colors, click OK.

If you want to have the fonts and colors you specify in Internet Explorer be used for all websites, regardless of the fonts that have been set by the website designer, follow these steps:

  • Open Internet Explorer.

  • Click the "Tools" button, and then click "Internet Options".

  • Click the "General" tab, and then click "Accessibility".

  • Check all three boxes under "Formatting": "Ignore colors specified on webpages", "Ignore font styles specified on webpages" and "Ignore font sizes specified on webpages check boxes", then click "OK".

Mozilla Firefox allows you to set your default colors by going to Tools > Options, selecting the "Content panel", and clicking the "Colors" button in the "Fonts & Colors" section. You can set default text and background colors, as well as default colors for visited and unvisited hyperlinks. You can also specify whether hyperlinks should be underlined. If your choices have no effect, you may override the colors defined by webpages by unchecking the option to Allow pages to choose their own colors instead of my selections above.

As the APA continues to improve the accessibility of our websites, we will reflect any changes in this accessibility statement to communicate our progress.

We value your opinions. If you have comments, questions, or suggestions regarding the accessibility of the site, please contact us.