Accessibility

ACCESSIBLITY

Read the Museum’s Visitor Procedures as well as the Ontario Museum Association’s current museum guidelines (Stage 2 Re-opening)in the attachments found at the bottom of this page.

Our building at 30 Peter Street South, Orillia is fully equipped to be wheelchair accessible with our street-level entrance and an elevator.

Read OMAH’s Accessibility Policy here.

For the health and safety of all of our visitors, we encourage you to help us provide a nut-free environment, in order to reduce the potential for nut exposure.  The Orillia Museum of Art & History is open to the public and cannot guarantee a nut-free environment.

Read OMAH’s Nut-Aware Policy here. 

Pet Policy: Unfortunately pets are not permitted in the museum, but service animals such as guide dogs are welcome. You may be asked to provide documentation.

 

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WEBSITE ACCESSIBILITY

Most standard web browsers provide the ability to modify accessibility settings including display settings such as screen magnification, text size and colour contrast, among others. The advantage to modifying display settings in the browser itself is that browser settings apply to all websites visited using that browser.

While OMAH does not maintain a list of how to modify display settings for all versions of all browsers, as of 2014, there are consistently available display modifications available in the current version of most standard browsers. This page is intended to provide a high level overview of display modifications available through current versions of standard web browsers.

STANDARD WEB BROWSER COMMANDS FOR SCREEN MAGNIFICATION AND TEXT SIZE

Whereas text resizing only changes the size of the text in a web browser, screen magnification increases the size of all elements on a website, including image content. Current versions of most standard web browsers offer the option of controlling both screen magnification and text size.

In most web browsers, press Command+ (Macintosh) or Control+ (Windows) to increase screen magnification, and Command- or Control- to decrease it.

Options to control overall screen magnification or text size only are available as a secondary menu item of most standard browsers (usually contained within View, Tools, Preferences or Settings).

The most reliable way to find out how to change text size or screen magnification is to click on the browser Help menu, then type either “text size” or “screen magnification” into the search bar. The search results should provide the location of controls for that specific browser version.

Colour Contrast Modificiation

Colour contrast controls are not as readily available as screen magnification and text size controls. The location of colour contrast controls varies by web browser, and as new versions of browsers are released, colour contrast controls may continue to evolve.

Browsers with colour controls (2013 browser version on Windows PC)

  • Internet Explorer: colour controls are available under Tools/Internet Options. (You must change settings to ignore preset colours once you set up your colour preferences.)
  • Firefox: colour controls are available under Tools/Options. (You must disable system colours and disallow pages from setting their own colours once you set up your colour preferences.)
  • Opera: colour controls are available under Settings/Preferences. (It is more complicated than in IE and Firefox to ensure that your colour settings overwrite those of web pages.)

Browsers lacking colour controls (2010 browser version on Windows PC)

  • Safari: automated colour modifications are not available. However, more advanced users can modify browser settings for colour in View/Preferences by applying a custom Cascading Style Sheet. This is not a straightforward setting to enable. Hopefully, this will be corrected in future versions of the browser.
  • Google Chrome: searching “colour contrast,” “high contrast” and “accessibility” in the Google Chrome help forum did not provide a definitive answer. Hopefully, this will be corrected in future versions of the browser.

Alternatives to built-in browser colour controls

Firefox offers a free, downloadable extension called LowBrowse, intended for internet users with low vision.

The most reliable way to find out how to change colour contrast is to click on the browser Help menu, then type “high contrast” into the search bar. The search results should provide the location of controls for that specific browser version.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

This site uses USERWAY Accessability application.  Click on the human icon on the top right and adjust settings.

pastedGraphic_1.png Visitors_Safety_Protocols_Covid-19_2020 updated July 8 2020.pdf

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30 Peter Street South
Orillia, ON L3V5A9
+1 (705) 326-2159

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Tuesday - Saturday: 12pm – 3pm

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