The Upper Minnesota Valley Regional Development Commission (UMVRDC) is committed to providing content that is accessible to the widest possible audience, regardless of technology or ability. We want everyone who views content from the UMVRDC and/or website to feel welcome and find the experience rewarding.
The website is continually being updated to strive to meet the standards of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0.
We welcome your questions and additional feedback; contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 320.289.1981.Accessibility Statement
Using best practices and industry-standards, we work towards our goal of providing an accessible website for all users. Maintaining accessibility is an ongoing process. Our web content changes often, so some content may be a work in progress towards meeting our web accessibility goals.
View a more accessible version of each page on this site
Click the tab key on any page and then click on the Accessibility button that appears in the top left corner of the screen to open the most accessible version of the page.
HOW CAN WE HELP YOU?
Increase text size
Most web browsers allow you to increase or decrease text size by holding down the Ctrl key (Command key on a Macintosh) and pressing the + (plus) key or – (minus) key.
- Ctrl+ = increase text size
- Ctrl- = decrease text size
If these controls do not work for you, try upgrading to the latest version of your browser or visit Web Accessibility Initiative (W3C) site for additional instructions. To magnify specific parts of your screen, try a tool such as Windows Magnifier.
- Have the computer read web pages out loud
If you find a keyboard or mouse difficult to use, the following free tools help to allow your computer to read the web page for you:
- Text-to-Speech for Web Browsers
- Apple’s VoiceOver tells you what’s on your screen, and walks you through actions
- Windows Narrator is a screen reader that reads texts on the screen aloud and describes events so you can use your PC without a display
- WebbIE works on Windows machines and incorporates browsing, screen reading, RSS, Podcatcher, and other tools
- Thunder award-winning free screenreader talking software on Windows machines for people with little or no sight
Use the keyboard instead of a mouse
Use these common keyboard commands to navigate web pages without a mouse. (Note that these may not work with every Internet browser.)
Common Keyboard Commands
- Move forward from link to link or to controls = Select Tab
- Move backward from link to link or to controls = Shift + Tab
- Select buttons = Spacebar
- Navigate and select Radio Buttons = Arrow
- Select/deselect boxes = Spacebar
- Move from box to box = Tab
- Open a List Box = ALT + Down arrow
- Read the prior screen = CTRL + Page Up
- Read the next screen = CTRL + Page Down
- Go to the top of the page = CTRL + Home
- Go to the bottom of the page = CTRL + End
- Close the current window (for Internet Explorer) = CTRL + W
- Refresh the screen = F5
- Go back a page = ALT + Left Arrow
- Go forward a page = ALT + Right Arrow
- Navigate to & select the text in the address combo box = ALT + D
Additional accessibility resources
- Turn on Accessibility for Web Browers
- W3C (Web Accessibility Initiative) Better Web Browsing: Tips for Customizing Your Computer
- Apple Accessibility Tools
- Windows Accessibility Tools
The UMVRDC does not discriminate on the basis of disability.