CASS LOUISE ACCESSIBILITY STATEMENT
Updated: May 2021
casslouise.com strives to ensure that its website and services rendered are accessible to people with disabilities. casslouise.com has invested a significant amount of resources to help ensure that its website is made easier to use and more accessible for people with disabilities, with the strong belief that every person has the right to live with dignity, equality, comfort, and independence.
I am continuously improving the accessibility of my website for people with disabilities. If you find that I am not meeting the requirements you need, I hope you can let me know by sending me a message at [email protected].
I will make every reasonable effort, and work as promptly and diligently as I can, in creating the most accessible and inclusive experience for users of my website and my services. Please keep in mind that I am not a big company or even a small company. It’s just me, one science geek turned artist, and one other other really generous science geek, who offered to help me (because of my own disabilities) here on casslouise.com. Please be patient, as I work to balance the limitations of my own disabilities and my limited access to available resources, with my desire and duty to provide in good faith and allyship for other people with disabilities.
I am working continuously to bridge my own knowledge gap through research, seeking and hiring appropriate consultants, most often going directly to the voices of those who I seek to serve, disabled people. I have started by integrating the best options that I have determined available as of this date, through many long hours of reading, and seeking out individuals in my own neurodivergent and disabled communities, about what works for them and what does not.
I am here to provide my art and services to as many folks as I possibly can. I believe I still have room to grow and much to learn. I will always be trying to continuously improve the quality and accessibility of my website and offerings. This is where I am beginning and I aim to keep going in order to get this right, because it matters to me. I also hope to figure out a reproducible, feasible, cost effective method to share with other disabled artists who are trying to get their work out there. I am here to keep working, listening and learning about how to improve each day, in order to reach my goal.
ACCESSIBILITY ON CASSLOUISE.COM
casslouise.com continues its efforts to constantly improve the accessibility of its site and services, in the belief that it is our collective moral obligation to allow seamless, accessible, and unhindered use for those of us with disabilities.
Despite my efforts to make all pages and content on casslouise.com fully accessible, some content may not have yet been fully adapted to the strictest accessibility standards. This may be because I have not found the most appropriate technological solution.
ENABLING THE ACCESSIBILITY MENU
There is an accessibility tool with pull down menu options to choose from when the button is selected. To engage these accessibility tools, select the light blue square accessibility button that has a tiny human figure on a white round circle, located on the upper left side of your screen. Select the various options to change the visual elements of the website. These include text size, contrast, greyscale, light background, links underlined, and readable font.
I am aware of a few areas on the website where I must improve accessibility. I am currently working to achieve this. I hope that this website will achieve 100 % “Level AA” conformance to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 by December 2021. I will continue to strive for “Level AAA” conformance moving beyond this date.
Images: I have applied alternative text (alt text) to each image on this website. I have limited this text to 115 characters (due to limitations of access to latest devices) and chosen plain text style, to be more inclusive, while also trying to be descriptive, due of the nature of interpreting art and photography images. I strive to meet a balance that can serve as many people as possible and still retain the spirit of the style of this artwork. It’s subjects will not be for everyone, but everyone deserves a chance to decide for themselves. If you have problems reading the alt text for the images on this website, please send me a message at [email protected] I am open to advice, comments and direction to resources on to how to improve my alt texts, while keeping the intentions for inclusiveness, mentioned above, as much as possible.
Videos: Any videos here on casslouise.com will contain captions at minimum. Voice and/or music will be incorporated into the audio provided in the videos, and listed in the captions to be as descriptive as possible. I am working on how to provide a transcript, speed dial for playback control, and descriptions for scenes.
Link Text: Linked text are underlined or contained in large, labeled, rounded buttons.
Site Wide: I am working continuously to bridge my own knowledge gap through research, seeking and hiring appropriate consultants, most often going directly to the voices of those who I seek to serve, disabled people. I have started by integrating the best options that I have determined available as of this date, through many long hours of reading, and seeking out individuals in my own neurodivergent and disabled communities, about what works for them and what does not. I will continue to center these voices in my continuous improvement each page of this site. I will update this statement periodically and retain my progress as demonstration of transparency and dedication to accessibility.
HERE FOR YOU
If you are experiencing difficulty with any content on casslouise.com or require assistance with any part of our site, please contact me during normal business hours as detailed below and I will be happy to assist.
If you wish to report an accessibility issue, have any questions or need assistance, please contact me here:
Email: [email protected]