As an organization, Action Read is committed to providing equal access to all of it’s resources, including service practices,  policies and procedures, the built environment in which programs are housed, and the availability and distribution of information.

The Action Read website has been developed taking accessibility in mind, with the goal of providing an online experience that is accessible to the broadest audience possible, including those people with visual, auditory, motor or cognitive disabilities.

Below is a list of several techniques that have been used to make information on this site accessible.

Clear Language and Design

Plain and direct language has been used aiming to exclude jargon and buzzwords. All language considers and is adapted to the intended audience.

We use clear design that considers the overall appearance such as font, colours, paragraph length, text alignment (left), and margin size. For example, the font type, lucida, a highly readable font, has been used for this site so that people with low vision will have an easier time reading content.


To allow people who use screen readers or keyboards to interpret images on the site, all content images used in this site include descriptive ALT attributes, while purely decorative images include null ALT attributes.


All links are descriptive of their destination and are written to make sense out of context so that people using screen readers will be able to understand the meaning of links. Where necessary, links have title attributes that describe the link in greater detail.

Visual design

This site uses cascading style sheets for visual layout. Font sizes are compatible with the user-specified “text size” option in most browsers. If your browser or browsing device does not support stylesheets at all, the content of each page is still readable.

XHTML design

The site is built with standards compliant XHTML. Where possible we have attempted to use semantically correct markup to improve page structure and information context.

Skip Links

We include SKIP LINKS. These are the first links on every page and enable site visitors using screen readers or those with a mobility disability, to skip through repetitive content and/or long lists of links to locate content that is relevant to them.

Access Keys

These set of keyboard shortcuts for common navigational tasks, have been included. This is useful for those who use screen readers to access content, as access keys help them navigate directly to the content that is relevant to them.

If you experience any difficulty in accessing Action Read’s website, please don’t hesitate to contact us.