Making Justice Accessible
Access to justice is a core value and a driver of ODR. “everyone regardless of disability, poverty, distance” will be able to fully participate.
Equa, the dispute resolution centre, is committed to ensuring accessibility for all individuals seeking its services. The centre prioritizes inclusivity and provides various accessibility features to accommodate diverse needs. Equa's facilities are designed to be accessible, with wheelchair ramps, elevators, and other necessary accommodations.
In addition, Equa's website incorporates accessibility features to ensure that it can be easily navigated and accessed by users with disabilities. The website includes alt text for images, which allows screen readers to describe visual content. It also employs clear and concise language, making the information easily understandable for all users. Equa's website design follows accessibility guidelines, including proper heading structure, keyboard navigation support, and contrasting color schemes for improved readability.
Equa's commitment to accessibility extends beyond physical facilities and website design. The centre strives to provide accommodations and support to individuals with specific accessibility requirements. By fostering an inclusive environment and offering accessible services, Equa ensures that everyone can effectively engage in the dispute resolution process and have equal access to justice.
We aim to make our website accessible to the widest possible audience. We are continually working to improve its accessibility, ease-of-use and the range and quality of our website and content.
This website endeavours to conform to level Double-A of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0. These guidelines explain how to make web content more accessible for people with disabilities.
This site has been built using code compliant with W3C standards for HTML and CSS. The site displays correctly in current browsers and using standards compliant HTML/CSS code means any future browsers will also display it correctly.
As with all technology, specialized vendors are available to assist with ensuring accessible conferencing platforms. And as with all vendors, careful vetting for experience is critical and references should always be obtained.
Digital accessibility is about making sure people with disabilities can use and interact with technology. Digital accessibility ensures participation of people who use computers and mobile devices but cannot see a screen, hear a video, hold a mouse, or have other disabilities impacting how technology is used.
Key accessibility features
Navigating using headings
The site has been set up to use HTML headings where appropriate. The main site heading starts at level 1 and the main content starts at level 2. This provides an easy way for screen reader users to skip to the main content by pressing the shortcut key for headings. For example, JAWS screen reader users can press H or Shift + H to move to the next heading, 2 or Shift + 2 to move to the next level two heading and Insert + F6 to display a list of all headings on the page.
In some places in the site, particularly where forms are presented, we have used tables for general layout. We also use tables for displaying out rows and columns of information also called data tables.
We have tried to ensure that the content will always read in a logical order. In some data tables it may be hard to understand the meaning of each item in which case you can use the table navigation keys in your screen reader to deliver the relevant headers for each item in the table. JAWS screen reader users can use the Ctrl + Alt + arrow keys to move around a table and JAWS screen reader will read out the headers for each cell. You can also press Ctrl + Alt + NumPad 5 to read the headers for the current cell.
Data tables have a summary that you can hear in your screen reader to help you understand their meaning without having to read the whole table. We’ve also ensured that you can easily find data tables using table navigation keys. JAWS screen reader users can press T or Shift + T to move between tables and have the summary read out.