Helping Families. Supporting Communities. Empowering Individuals.

The DHS web site has been designed to be accessible to individuals with disabilities. You might be surprised to find that some of these features could be helpful to you...

Large Fonts

Our web site can easily be increased to almost twice its normal size.
If you are using Internet Explorer 5, 6, 7 or 8, try it out:

  • 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.)

High Contrast

Our web site automatically works with Windows' "High Contrast" mode.
If your computer is already set for High Contrast mode, 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 with the mouse, you can operate the entire web site using just the keyboard:

  • Press the Tab key to move from link to link (or 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 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 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.

How did we do it?

The new DHS web site was developed using the technical standards of the Illinois Information Technology Accessibility Act, which became law on August 20, 2008, and was tested using assistive technologies like JAWS.

As Illinois' lead agency serving individuals with disabilities, DHS will continue to improve the accessibility of this site and incorporate new features and technology.

If you have questions or comments regarding the accessibility of the web site, please Contact DHS.