Accessibility For All
Our accessibility statement highlights our commitment to ensuring you can readily access the services we provide.
Accessibility Commitment Statement:
CHAT WITH US:
Email us to help with your accessibility related requests and other servicing needs.
TALK TO US:
Give us a call. If you would like to request an ADA accommodation or provide ADA feedback or comments, please give us a call at +1-360-224-5612.
We are committed to making our services accessible to everyone, including people with disabilities. On-going evaluation of our website helps ensure the information is formatted and presented in such a way that it can be easily accessed and consumed by all individuals.
It is our goal, to have our website meet all Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) and Accessible Rich Internet Applications (ARIA) Specification.
Agate Northwest is passionate about making our services and content on our website available to all individuals. If you need an accommodation or auxiliary aides or services, please do no hesitate to contact us. We will work with you to accommodate your specific needs to the greatest extent possible.
Your device has built-in capabilities designed to make the content you want to view easier to access. Check out the tips below.
How to zoom in your screen
Some people like to zoom into the screen or web browser in order to see things better. Here are a few ways of doing it depending on your setup:
On Windows, press the Windows key and plus sign (+) at the same time to zoom in. You can also use the “Magnifier” application under “Accessories”.
On Mac, go to “System Preferences”, open “Universal Access” and select the “Seeing” tab. Check the box under “Zoom” to “On”.
On your Apple device, tap “Settings”, then “General”, then “Accessibility”. Tap the “Zoom” button and toggle it “On”.
Another trick is to use “Ctrl” (“Cmd” on Mac) plus the plus (+) or minus (-) keys when you’re in a web browser.
How to find and use a screen reader:
Screen readers are text-to-speech software that allow people to read and interact with content in different ways. Many people who cannot perceive what is on the screen will use them to allow audible access to web content. Our website was designed for accessibility. We strive to ensure that our content is accessible to screen readers.
There are free options available including NVDA for Windows and VoiceOver for Mac. What we recommend is JAWS for Windows. You can use this with your favorite web browser.
Screen readers accept input in a variety of ways, but one of the most common forms is through your keyboard. By pressing the down arrow in JAWS, for example, you are able navigate through items on the page. JAWS will also accept Braille input.
How to change the colors or fonts on the page:
Some people like to change colors or fonts to see words more clearly. Most major web browsers have options to do this:
In Internet Explorer, go to “Tools”, then “Internet Options”, on to “General”. From here, select “Colors, Fonts, or Accessibility”.
In Mozilla Firefox, choose “Options”, then “Content”, then finally “Fonts & Colors”.
In Safari, select “Preferences”, “Appearance” tab, and then hit the “Select…” button next to the font fields.
In Chrome, go to “Preferences”, activate the “Show advanced settings” link, go to the “Web content” heading and change the “Font size”, “Customize fonts” in other ways, or set default “Page zoom”.
We recommend a mixture of settings like enlarging font size and zooming into the browser for a better experience.
How to use accessibility tools on mobile:
There are a lot of great features right on your smart phone. iOS and Android alike provide many tools to help you access what you love. Let’s have a look at a few of those tools.
VoiceOver for iOS and TalkBack for Android are the screen readers that come built-in. To turn on VoiceOver, go to “Settings”, then “General”, to “Accessibility”, and then turn “VoiceOver” on. You can set the “Accessibility Shortcut” to “VoiceOver” from the “Accessibility” page in order to triple-click the “Home” button to toggle VoiceOver on and off. TalkBack has a similar feature.
“Zoom”, “Magnifier”, “Invert Colors”, “Color Filters”, and “Reduce White Point” are other features and tools on iOS that you can use. These are also available through the “Accessibility Shortcut”.