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Accessibility Instructions for Users with Disabilities


Welcome to the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) World Wide website. CDE incorporates into its website the Web Accessibility Guidelines developed by the Governor's Office of Innovation and Technology (OIT). We are pleased to provide an alternative medium for accessing information about our programs and services. If you have any suggestions for improving the accessibility features of our website, please contact the CDE Webmaster.

See also: Additional accessibility links and resources

Instructions for Users with Visual Disabilities

The CDE website has been designed to be used with a screen reader. For instance, all images on our website are accompanied by a word image tag that may be visible if your browser supports the ALT-Text function.

If a Web page has an on-line form that is not accessible, please call the phone number or e-mail the office listed for assistance in obtaining the form or filling it out.

Solutions to Common Browser Problems

Some content within our website may require the installation of third-party plug-ins such as Adobe® Flash®, Windows® Media Player®, Apple® QuickTime®, and many others. In each case, there should be a notification and link informing you that you need to install a new plug-in. Be careful that you only install trusted plug-ins that are necessary for the page content. Malicious plug-ins can be dangerous to your computer.

Third-party plug-ins

Here is a list of downloadable plug-ins used within the CDE website:

Get the Adobe Reader Plug-in for viewing .PDF files. Adobe Acrobat Reader® (for .PDF file extensions)

Get the Adobe Flash Player for viewing interactive content. Adobe Flash Player®

Get the Apple QuickTime plug-in for viewing .MOV movie files. Apple QuickTime® (for .MOV file extensions)

Get the WinZip Utility to unarchive .ZIP files. WinZip® (for .ZIP file extensions)

Get the Adobe Integrated Runtime, (AIR) plug-in to view interactive content locally on your computer. Adobe AIR® (Adobe Integrated Runtime)

Make sure that JavaScript is enabled in the browser

JavaScript is enabled by default on all supported browsers. However, if you encounter problems, check your browser settings to make sure that JavaScript is enabled.

Pop-up blockers

If you experience issues viewing certain links, you may need to disable pop-up blocking on your browser.

Make sure that cookies from third-parties are allowed

Third-party cookies are allowed by default on all supported browsers. If you experience problems, please check your browser settings to make sure you allow third-party cookies.

Site Features

Keyword-based Search Engine

Within the upper-right portion of each page of the CDE website you'll find a search engine feature which provides quick, relevant, and easy to use search results, allowing quick navigation to the desired content.

Viewing Microsoft® Documents

Microsoft Word (for .DOC and .DOCX file extensions)

Microsoft Excel (for .XLS and .XLSX file extensions)

Microsoft PowerPoint (for .PPT and .PPTX file extensions)

* NOTE: Microsoft does not have free Macintosh viewers for Word, Excel or PowerPoint.

For additional information, contact: CDE Webmaster