Accessibility policy

It has been estimated that 54 million American adults identify themselves as disabled.  Another 23 million are parents who have at least one child with a disability.

According to the Disability Statistics Center:

Rates of education and employment for people with disabilities will continue to increase due to federal laws (such as the Americans with Disabilities Act, Rehabilitation Act, and Architectural Barriers Act), technological advances, and an increase in public awareness regarding disabilities.

In recognition of individuals with physical, developmental, or other disabilities, is dedicated to making our content accessible to all. The Oregon Arts Commission strives to provide equal access to electronic and information technologies and has developed a site policy to address these concerns.

Federal accessibility laws require all organizations that serve the public to enable people with disabilities to enjoy the benefits of the organization’s services.

These laws mandate nondiscrimination, equal opportunity (including the provision of any reasonable modifications, auxiliary aids, or services necessary to achieve it), basic standards of architectural access, and equal access to employment, programs, activities, goods, and services.

In accordance with Universal Access Design Standards, will consistently evaluate our website and evolve our content to improve accessibility for all individuals. 

Design Standards

Graphic images will have a short description that is intuitive to the user. If images are used as navigation elements, they will contain descriptions and directions.

Alternative forms of access such as phone numbers and email addresses will be available for online forms.

Although cannot be held responsible for the employment of frames beyond of our network, within our site frames will be avoided as they cannot be read by screen readers and are not supported by all browsers.

Browser testing will be conducted on current versions of Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer, and Safari. 

File Formats

Tips for accessing files found on

Acrobat Reader (.pdf files)

Use Adobe Acrobat reader for viewing and printing Acrobat (.pdf) files

Download Acrobat® Reader (Windows, Macintosh, Linux, Android) 

Accessible Acrobat Reader (.pdf files)

Use Accessible Adobe Acrobat reader for viewing and printing Acrobat (.pdf) files. This version supports assistive technologies such as screen readers or magnifiers.

Download Accessible Acrobat® Reader (Windows and Macintosh) 

Microsoft Word (.doc files)

Use Microsoft Word Viewer to view and print Word documents (.doc) if you do not have Microsoft Word on your computer.

Microsoft excel (.xls files)

Microsoft Excel Viewer enables viewing and printing of Excel spreadsheets (.xls) if you do not have Excel on your computer.

MS PowerPoint (.pps or .ppt files)

Use the Microsoft PowerPoint viewer to open PowerPoint presentations if you do not have PowerPoint on  your computer.

Note: All .pps and .ppt file extensions will open as slideshows. 

Oregon Arts Commission

(503) 986-0082 (phone)
(503) 581-5115 (fax)
775 Summer Street NE, Ste 200
Salem, OR 97301-1280