Accessibility Statement


This accessibility statement applies to

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We value digital inclusion

In our effort to provide a fully accessible and optimized user experience for all site visitors, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) has taken careful measure to ensure an excellent user experience, regardless of the assistive technology being used to access this site or the specific abilities of those individuals seeking access to this site.

The website is monitored and tested regularly by internal resources and by AudioEye, a third-party provider of web accessibility testing and monitoring. As issues of accessibility are identified, results of automated and manual testing are managed through the AudioEye® Digital Accessibility Platform. As new solutions are discovered to improve the user experience, remediation is tracked through the AudioEye system and fixes are implemented to improve the website user experience.

AudioEye Accessibility Certification

AudioEye Certification - AudioEye Trusted

The AudioEye certification seal represents a commitment to accessibility and digital inclusion. The AudioEye certification process involves automatic and manual testing with the goal of maximizing conformity with Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Level AA Success Criteria.

AudioEye certifies that the ELCA website is in the process of being enhanced to conform with WCAG 2.0 Level AA Success Criteria to the greatest extent possible.

AudioEye and the ELCA continue to collaborate in an ongoing effort to maintain conformity and provide an accessible user experience for all users.

Last updated Oct. 30, 2019

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This website is regularly tested using a variety of assistive technologies. We recommend using the following web browser / screen reader combinations for an optimized experience:

  • For Windows users: JAWS and Internet Explorer or NVDA and Firefox
  • For Mac users: VoiceOver and Safari, or VoiceOver and Chrome
  • For mobile users: VoiceOver for the iPhone and TalkBack for Android devices

Improving the user experience for users of assistive technologies

Web Accessibility Guidelines

The ELCA has leveraged the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 reference to ensure that the web content made available from this site is more accessible for individuals with disabilities and user-friendly for everyone.

These globally recognized best practices (as recommended by the World Wide Web Consortium) consist of three levels of accessibility measurement (A, AA and AAA). To the greatest extent feasible, the ELCA has elected to conform to Level AA of these guidelines.

Related links:

Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI)
Design guidelines for electronic and information technology


If you encounter issues with any page on our site that presents a challenge for individuals with disabilities, please submit your feedback.

Providing users with a free customizable assistive utility

Ally Toolbar

In addition to the above mentioned techniques and strategies and since not all site visitors have access to assistive tools such as screen readers we provide free web enhancement tools that allow site visitors to customize their user experience. Activate the Ally Toolbar to access each tool listed below.

Experience the Ally Toolbar

To experience the AudioEye Ally Toolbar, activate the Ally Toolbar button in the bottom right-hand corner.

Cutomize your experience with AudioEye Tools.

The Ally Toolbar provides tools tailored to needs

Learn more about the ways in which the Ally Toolbar allows site visitors with diverse abilities to customize their user experience:

Browse all features

The following tools may be available in the Ally Toolbar:


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Listen to the content of a webpage read aloud


Graphics Reader Icon

Customize the visual display of the website


Voice browser command icon

Voice (if applicable)
Command the browser using your voice


Site menu icon

Site menu
Navigate simplified menus using your keyboard or mouse


Access page elements and regions with simple keystrokes

Page elements menu
Access page elements and regions with simple keystrokes


Report accessibility related issues with the AudioEye help desk

AudioEye help desk
Report accessibility related issues


Third-party sites

Throughout this website, we make use of such third-party websites such as Instagram, YouTube, Twitter and Facebook to spread news and information about ELCA products and services.

As made publicly available, here are the Accessibility Policies provided from these third-party sites:

Facebook accessibility policy

YouTube accessibility policy