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Accessibility Comes to The Blue Ridge National Heritage Area’s Websites

On May 23rd, The Blue Ridge National Heritage Area launched updates for our websites. This includes our main site, the Blue Ridge Craft Trails microsite, and the Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina. The accessiBe widget and software have been integrated into both sites to make content available to all visitors. This update was made possible through grants from South Arts and the North Carolina Arts Council

The accessiBe software focuses on adhering to guidelines presented in the World Wide Web Consortium’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines and points listed in the Americans with Disabilities Act. People with the following disabilities can benefit from this update: blind, visually impaired, motor impairments, cognitive disabilities, and more. Users can choose from six different accessibility profiles:

  • Seizure Safe
  • Vision Impaired 
  • ADHD
  • Cognitive Disability
  • Keyboard Navigation and Screen Reader


Site visitors can manage Accessibility Adjustments by clicking the accessiBe icon on any page or our websites. Look for this symbol:

accessiBie widget




Desktop users will find the icon in the bottom left-hand corner of the screen.

accessiBe widget desktop view

Mobile users will find the icon on the left-hand side of a device.

accessiBe mobile widget

Click on the widget, and the Accessibility Adjustments panel will pop up. In addition to selecting a profile, users can:

  • Choose a different language. 
  • Reset previously made selections. 
  • Read the Accessibility statement for the site and accessiBe. 
  • Get profile definitions. 
  • Hide the interface. 

We welcome all of our visitors to check out this new feature!