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    This Web site strives to ensure that its design meets or exceeds the accessibility requirements outlined in Section 508 of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
    Site Design Guidelines
    We strive to meet or exceed accessibility requirements in the following areas:

    • Images. This Web site provides equivalent text for images that convey information.
    • Multimedia. This Web site limits the use of multimedia (i.e., presentations that include components such as text, graphics, video, animation, and sound), and, where multimedia is used, the site provides equivalent text for the presentation.
    • Color. This Web site does not rely on color to convey information.
    • Style sheets. This Web site does not require associated style sheets (i.e., pre-designated templates that define the layout of a Web page) to be viewed.
    • Image maps. This Web site provides equivalent text for images (e.g., navigation bars) that perform functions when selected (e.g., open a new window, navigate through the site).
    • Tables. This Web site provides row and column headers for data tables.
    • Frames. This Web site does not include frames (i.e., separate sections of the display area that are generated from different Web pages).
    • Motion. This Web site sites does not include motion that causes the screen to flicker outside an acceptable range (i.e., higher than 2Hz and lower than 55Hz).
    • Text-only pages. This Web site follows HRSA guidance in adding links to the Adobe Acrobatâ„¢ Accessibility site to provide users with a tool for converting PDF files to HTML.
    • Scripts. This Web site identifies the functionality of any scripting languages (e.g., Java and Javascript) used to display content or to create interface elements.
    • Applets and plug-ins. This Web site avoids the use of applets (i.e., programs designed to be executed from within another program) and plug-ins (i.e., programs that add features to a standard browser), and, when such programs are used, the site includes links to external Web sites that provide such applets or plug-ins via download.
    • Forms. This Web site allows for easy access to and completion of forms.

    Accessibility Assistance

    If you need information from a Web page that is not easily accessible, choose one of the following two options:

    1. Use access.adobe.com
      If you are unable to access Adobe Acrobatâ„¢ PDF files on this Web site, type the URL of the inaccessible file into the Adobe Acrobatâ„¢ Accessibility site: http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/access_onlinetools.html, and convert the PDF file to an HTML format that your screen reader can read.
    2. E-mail the Webmaster
      If you experience problems converting PDF files to an HTML format that your screen reader can read, e-mail our Webmaster with the URL of the page you wish to access, the technology you are using, and your phone number and e-mail address. We will work with you to make the files available in a format you can use.

    Change the Font Size

    You can use the instructions below to change the way your Web browser renders size of a font.

    • Internet Explorer (all versions)

      You can increase or decrease the font size in Internet Explorer.
      • Increase Font Size: click View | Text Size | Larger
      • Decrease Font Size: click View | Text Size | Medium
    • Netscape Navigator and Communicator (version 4.xx)

      You can increase or decrease the font size in Netscape Navigator and Communicator.
      • Increase Font Size: click View | Increase Font
      • Decrease Font Size: click View | Decrease Font
    • Netscape Navigator (version 7) and Mozilla (version 1.0+)

      You can increase or decrease the font size in Netscape Navigator.
      • Increase Font Size: click View | Text Zoom | 120%
      • Decrease Font Size: click View | Text Zoom | 100%

    If you have comments or suggestions about the accessibility of this Web site, please contact the Webmaster.

    General Browser Requirements for Optimal Viewing of the Web Site

    General browser requirements are Netscape Navigator 4.7 or higher or Microsoft Internet Explorer 5 or higher. For the best experience, we recommend updating your browser to the most recent version.

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    To view PDF files, you need Adobe Acrobat or the free Adobe Reader installed on your computer.

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The NCSC is funded by a 5 year, $13.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences. Its lead institution is Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. The center is housed on the campus of Peabody College, one of the nation's top graduate schools of education.