Large Fonts

The font size on the ISBE web site can easily be increased to almost twice its normal size. If you are using Internet Explorer 5, 6, 7, or 8 do the following:

  • Open Internet Explorer's "View" menu (or press Alt + V)
  • Select "Text Size" (press X)
  • Select "Largest" (press G) - Turn Large Fonts off by doing the same but selecting "Medium" or pressing M.

If you are using Mozilla Firefox do the following (note: ISBE strongly recommends this browser for people with disabilities) :

  • Open Firefox's "View" Menu (or press Alt + V)
  • Select Zoom (or press Z)
  • Select Zoom Text Only (or press T)
  • Press Cntrl + + to increase or Cntrl + - to decrease

If you are using Opera do the following (note: ISBE strongly recommends this browser for people with disabilities). With Opera you can zoom in to more easily read Web sites with small fonts, or zoom out to see the whole Web page:

  • Click the View button on the bottom, right side of the screen (or the View menu at the top and select zoom)
  • Select on the slider how much you would like to zoom

High Contrast

The ISBE web site works with Windows' "High Contrast" mode. If your computer is already set for High Contrast mode, you can activate it by pressing:

  • (Left) Alt + (Left) Shift + Print Screen - Turn High Contrast off by pressing the same keys again.

Otherwise, see Accessibility Tutorials for Microsoft Products for instructions on how to turn High Contrast mode on.


If you are uncomfortable using a mouse, you can operate the entire web site using a keyboard:

  • Press the Tab key to move forward from link to link
  • Press Shift + Tab to move backwards
  • Press the Enter key to activate a link.
  • Use Alt + Left Arrow to go back a page.

Or, to fill out forms:

  • Press the Tab key to move from field to field.
  • Press Up Arrow or Down Arrow to move between items in a list.
  • Press the Spacebar to check or uncheck radio buttons and checkboxes.
  • Press Enter to activate buttons.

Assistive Technology

Our web site is also compatible with "assistive technology" software that can help people with certain disabilities. For example, people who are blind can use JAWS for Windows to read the web site out loud, and people who have trouble using their hands can control the web site using only Dragon Naturally Speaking and their voice.

Guidelines Used

The Illinois Information Technology Accessibility Act (IITAA) requires Illinois agencies and universities to ensure that their web sites, systems, and other information technologies are accessible to people with disabilities. While the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act require the State to address accessibility in general, the IITAA requires the State to establish and follow specific, functional accessibility standards and to address accessibility proactively.

The ISBE web site is a work in progress. Efforts will continue to improve the accessibility of this site and incorporate new features and technology as they become available.

If you have questions or comments regarding the accessibility of the web site, please contact us at