The American Cancer Society (ACS), in collaboration with the American Council of the Blind (ACB), has taken affirmative steps to make its cancer.org website and other information accessible to people with visual impairments. The American Cancer Society's new website provides an improved experience for anyone looking for information, help or ways to fight back against cancer.
The cancer.org website is divided into four main sections - Stay Healthy, Find Support & Treatment, Explore Research and Get Involved - that reflect the primary ways the American Cancer Society helps save lives from cancer.
The site is designed to meet guidelines issued by the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) (www.w3.org/wai). The guidelines, which do not affect the content or look and feel of a web site, ensure that sites are accessible to persons with visual and other disabilities. The guidelines are of particular benefit to blind computer users who use screen reader voice output or magnification technology on their computers and who rely on a keyboard instead of a mouse for navigation.
The Society's accessible website is part of a broader initiative to ensure the availability of cancer information to people who are blind and visually impaired. As part of that initiative, the Society has worked with ACB to develop a pilot program that will offer certain ACS materials in Braille, Large Print and Audio Formats to individuals whose disabilities prevent them from reading standard print.
Details of the information available in alternative formats can be found at http://www.cancer.org/AboutUs/ACSPolicies/accessibility-at-the-american-cancer-society-policy. Members of the public with visual impairments may call 800-227-2345 for more information and to request materials in other formats.