Disability as an Ability Toward Success: Moms on the Move
Faces of Autism Campaign
3-year-old Montgomery, AL resident Jaxson Jordan was diagnosed with mild-to-moderate (Level 2) Autism with language impairment and sensory anomalies in 2018. Montgomery, AL Artist Braxton Baker free-hand sketched Jaxson’s pictures. In the sketch, you see Jaxson lining up his toy trucks. This is a typical, repetitive behavior of children on the spectrum. Jaxson’s mom, Ashley Bell says color coding, stacking and lining up objects is a calming mechanism for him. While he is improving, Jaxson has poor eye contact and often gazes into space, as you see pictured. He usually makes little no effort to connect with others, like many kids on the spectrum who struggle to develop the social skills needed to interact successfully with others. Bell says Jaxson has to be on a strict schedule and has a very hard time with certain textures and activities. "I don’t let autism define him. When he focuses on something, he learns everything about it and retains it,” Bell said. Jaxson is one of dozens of children on the spectrum who will be featured during DATS MOM Faces of Autism Campaign. Please head to our Facebook page to see more Faces of Autism and help us spread autism awareness.
15-year-old Montgomery, AL resident Cameron Washington was officially diagnosed with autism in September of 2019, at the age of 14, although his mother Sophia Washington knew he had it. “It was a struggle to get an autism diagnosis. I felt the doctors related his behaviors and delays to ADHD, but I didn’t give up,” Washington said. Artist Braxton Barker free-hand sketched Cameron’s pictures. In the sketch, you see Cameron’s social awkwardness and staring depicted. Many people on the spectrum may not understand conventional social rules and seem unengaged in a conversation and not understand the use of gestures or sarcasm. Washington says Cameron doesn’t like to initiate conversation and responds to questions with short answers. He still has a speech delay and often does not make eye contact. “He loves engaging with his electronic gaming system, I-pad, and cellphone, but does not always readily accept time restrictions. He is very good at basketball, but doesn’t want to participate in team sports because he says it makes him cry to lose,” Washington said. She said those who encounter Cameron and others like him should open their hearts and minds. “He loves to learn about history, new vocabulary words and he’s an avid speller. Although Cameron can be reserved at times he usually wants to participate in activities and events, but may not express that desire,” Washington said. Cameron is one of dozens of children on the spectrum who will be featured during the Faces of Autism Campaign. Please head to our Facebook page to see more Faces of Autism and help us spread autism awareness.
6-year-old Montgomery, AL resident Conner Dantzler was diagnosed with moderate-to-severe Autism Spectrum Disorder at 20 months old. Artist Braxton Baker free-hand sketched Conner’s kindergarten school picture and two pictures in his home environment when he stims. In the sketch, you see Conner hand-flipping, which is a form of stimming. Rocking, spinning, repeating the same words and phrases are also common forms of stimming you may see with children on the spectrum. Stimming behaviors include tactile, visual, auditory, olfactory and vestibular. Conner stims with vocalization when he is overstimulated or understimulated and it’s mostly associated with his visual sensory inputs when he’s on his I-pad or watching TV. Conner is one of dozens of children on the spectrum who will be featured during the DATS MOM Faces of Autism Campaign. Please head to our Facebook page to see more Faces of Autism and help us spread autism awareness!
The Faces of Autism Campaign will be a featured art exhibit at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts beginning April 1st, 2023. Please click here to read the full story.
This mode enables people with epilepsy to use the website safely by eliminating the risk of seizures that result from flashing or blinking animations and risky color combinations.
Visually Impaired Mode
Improves website's visuals
This mode adjusts the website for the convenience of users with visual impairments such as Degrading Eyesight, Tunnel Vision, Cataract, Glaucoma, and others.
Cognitive Disability Mode
Helps to focus on specific content
This mode provides different assistive options to help users with cognitive impairments such as Dyslexia, Autism, CVA, and others, to focus on the essential elements of the website more easily.
ADHD Friendly Mode
Reduces distractions and improve focus
This mode helps users with ADHD and Neurodevelopmental disorders to read, browse, and focus on the main website elements more easily while significantly reducing distractions.
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This mode configures the website to be compatible with screen-readers such as JAWS, NVDA, VoiceOver, and TalkBack. A screen-reader is software for blind users that is installed on a computer and smartphone, and websites must be compatible with it.
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April 1, 2023
We firmly believe that the internet should be available and accessible to anyone, and are committed to providing a website that is accessible to the widest possible audience, regardless of circumstance and ability.
To fulfill this, we aim to adhere as strictly as possible to the World Wide Web Consortium’s (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1 (WCAG 2.1) at the AA level. These guidelines explain how to make web content accessible to people with a wide array of disabilities. Complying with those guidelines helps us ensure that the website is accessible to all people: blind people, people with motor impairments, visual impairment, cognitive disabilities, and more.
This website utilizes various technologies that are meant to make it as accessible as possible at all times. We utilize an accessibility interface that allows persons with specific disabilities to adjust the website’s UI (user interface) and design it to their personal needs.
Additionally, the website utilizes an AI-based application that runs in the background and optimizes its accessibility level constantly. This application remediates the website’s HTML, adapts Its functionality and behavior for screen-readers used by the blind users, and for keyboard functions used by individuals with motor impairments.
If you’ve found a malfunction or have ideas for improvement, we’ll be happy to hear from you. You can reach out to the website’s operators by using the following email
Screen-reader and keyboard navigation
Our website implements the ARIA attributes (Accessible Rich Internet Applications) technique, alongside various different behavioral changes, to ensure blind users visiting with screen-readers are able to read, comprehend, and enjoy the website’s functions. As soon as a user with a screen-reader enters your site, they immediately receive a prompt to enter the Screen-Reader Profile so they can browse and operate your site effectively. Here’s how our website covers some of the most important screen-reader requirements, alongside console screenshots of code examples:
Screen-reader optimization: we run a background process that learns the website’s components from top to bottom, to ensure ongoing compliance even when updating the website. In this process, we provide screen-readers with meaningful data using the ARIA set of attributes. For example, we provide accurate form labels; descriptions for actionable icons (social media icons, search icons, cart icons, etc.); validation guidance for form inputs; element roles such as buttons, menus, modal dialogues (popups), and others. Additionally, the background process scans all of the website’s images and provides an accurate and meaningful image-object-recognition-based description as an ALT (alternate text) tag for images that are not described. It will also extract texts that are embedded within the image, using an OCR (optical character recognition) technology. To turn on screen-reader adjustments at any time, users need only to press the Alt+1 keyboard combination. Screen-reader users also get automatic announcements to turn the Screen-reader mode on as soon as they enter the website.
These adjustments are compatible with all popular screen readers, including JAWS and NVDA.
Users can also use shortcuts such as “M” (menus), “H” (headings), “F” (forms), “B” (buttons), and “G” (graphics) to jump to specific elements.
Disability profiles supported in our website
Epilepsy Safe Mode: this profile enables people with epilepsy to use the website safely by eliminating the risk of seizures that result from flashing or blinking animations and risky color combinations.
Visually Impaired Mode: this mode adjusts the website for the convenience of users with visual impairments such as Degrading Eyesight, Tunnel Vision, Cataract, Glaucoma, and others.
Cognitive Disability Mode: this mode provides different assistive options to help users with cognitive impairments such as Dyslexia, Autism, CVA, and others, to focus on the essential elements of the website more easily.
ADHD Friendly Mode: this mode helps users with ADHD and Neurodevelopmental disorders to read, browse, and focus on the main website elements more easily while significantly reducing distractions.
Blindness Mode: this mode configures the website to be compatible with screen-readers such as JAWS, NVDA, VoiceOver, and TalkBack. A screen-reader is software for blind users that is installed on a computer and smartphone, and websites must be compatible with it.
Keyboard Navigation Profile (Motor-Impaired): this profile enables motor-impaired persons to operate the website using the keyboard Tab, Shift+Tab, and the Enter keys. Users can also use shortcuts such as “M” (menus), “H” (headings), “F” (forms), “B” (buttons), and “G” (graphics) to jump to specific elements.
Additional UI, design, and readability adjustments
Font adjustments – users, can increase and decrease its size, change its family (type), adjust the spacing, alignment, line height, and more.
Color adjustments – users can select various color contrast profiles such as light, dark, inverted, and monochrome. Additionally, users can swap color schemes of titles, texts, and backgrounds, with over 7 different coloring options.
Animations – epileptic users can stop all running animations with the click of a button. Animations controlled by the interface include videos, GIFs, and CSS flashing transitions.
Content highlighting – users can choose to emphasize important elements such as links and titles. They can also choose to highlight focused or hovered elements only.
Audio muting – users with hearing devices may experience headaches or other issues due to automatic audio playing. This option lets users mute the entire website instantly.
Cognitive disorders – we utilize a search engine that is linked to Wikipedia and Wiktionary, allowing people with cognitive disorders to decipher meanings of phrases, initials, slang, and others.
Additional functions – we provide users the option to change cursor color and size, use a printing mode, enable a virtual keyboard, and many other functions.
Browser and assistive technology compatibility
We aim to support the widest array of browsers and assistive technologies as possible, so our users can choose the best fitting tools for them, with as few limitations as possible. Therefore, we have worked very hard to be able to support all major systems that comprise over 95% of the user market share including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, Opera and Microsoft Edge, JAWS and NVDA (screen readers), both for Windows and for MAC users.
Notes, comments, and feedback
Despite our very best efforts to allow anybody to adjust the website to their needs, there may still be pages or sections that are not fully accessible, are in the process of becoming accessible, or are lacking an adequate technological solution to make them accessible. Still, we are continually improving our accessibility, adding, updating and improving its options and features, and developing and adopting new technologies. All this is meant to reach the optimal level of accessibility, following technological advancements. For any assistance, please reach out to