We are committed to making our websites accessible to all visitors, including visitors with disabilities. Our websites were developed in compliance with California Government Code section 7405, which requires that all state agencies comply with Section 508 of the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended (29 U.S.C. Sec. 794d), and regulations implementing that act as set forth in Part 1194 of Title 36 of the Federal Code of Regulations.

This website was developed to meet Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 AA success criteria as directed by the amended Section 508 laws and regulations.

Examples of disabilities impacting user interaction on the web include vision loss, hearing loss, limited manual dexterity, and cognitive disabilities. Each disability requires different means by which to effectively access information on the web.


High contrast is necessary for many users. The State's websites use style sheets and some of the best contrast combinations, black on white, white on dark green, or blue on white. However, some users can see better using high contrast reverse types, such as white on black, or different colors. Below are guidelines for some common web browsers on how the user can customize their own web browser to better view all web pages.

To adjust the contrast for Firefox:

  1. Select the Tools menu.
  2. Select Options.
  3. Select the Content tab.
  4. Select Colors
  5. Select colors desired for Text, Background, Unvisited Links, and Visited Links (example: white text and black background) and uncheck Allow pages to choose their own colors, instead of my selections above.
  6. Select the OK box, and then the OK box again. The colors should change on the browser.

Visit Accessibility Low-Vision Support for options in Google Chrome.

There are a number of steps you can take to configure Chrome to run with custom contrast and colors:

  1. Install a Chrome Extension which allows you to specify your own custom color combinations, for instance the Change Colors extension.
    1. Quick page action to apply/remove styling overrides on a per page, per domain or global basis (overriding web page colors)
    2. Optional background, text, links and visited links color configuration
    3. Option for showing/hiding images
    4. Option for showing/hiding Flash objects
  2. Use a Chrome Theme for some control of the color scheme of the Chrome user interface. As an example, the BitNova Dark theme offers white text on a black background. The Chrome Extensions Gallery offers many other themes, with a variety of color combinations.

To adjust the contrast for Internet Explorer:

  1. Select the Tools menu. 
  2. Select Internet options
  3. Under the General tab, select Accessibility
  4. Place a check mark in the box to Ignore colors specified on webpages and select the OK box. This will return you to the General tab. 
  5. Select the Colors box and un-check the use Windows colors box. 
  6. Use the Text, Background, Unvisited links, and Visited links boxes to select the colors desired (example: white text and black background). 
  7. Select the OK box and then the OK box on the General tab and the colors should change on the browser.

You can make items on the screen easier to see and the display easier to read. To open this pane, choose Apple menu > System Preferences, select Accessibility, then select Display.

Option What it Does
Invert colors Invert the colors on your display. For example, text appears in white on a black background.
Use grayscale Remove colors from the screen.
Differentiate without color Use shapes, in addition to or instead of color, to convey status or information.
Increase contrast Increase the contrast of items on the screen (such as borders around buttons or boxes) without changing the contrast of the screen itself.
Reduce transparency Replace the transparent effect used on some background in OS X with a darker background, to improve contrast and readability.
Display contrast Increase the screen contrast.
Cursor size Increase the size of the pointer.

To quickly set some display options, press Option-Command-F5.

You can enable keyboard shortcuts for inverting colors and changing the contrast in the Accessibility section of the Shortcuts pane of Keyboard preferences. To open the pane, choose Apple menu > System Preferences, select Keyboard, then select Shortcuts.

Font Size

The fonts used on this site are a default size, which allows you to make adjustments according to your preference. The following is the easiest way to change the font size for some common web browsers.

  1. Select the Tools menu. 
  2. Select Options.
  3. Select the Content tab. 
  4. Change the Default Font and Size values (for more advanced options, select Advanced next to the Size value). 
  5. Select the OK box, and the fonts should change on the browser.

You can adjust the size of everything on the web pages you visit, including text, images, and videos

  1. Select the View menu.
  2. Highlight Text Size.
  3. Default setting will be medium. By changing the settings between largest and smallest, the text displayed on the page will be modified.

Learn how to zoom in on web pages in Safari.

Keyboard Shortcuts

Action Shortcut (Windows) Shortcut (Mac)
Increase text size Ctrl + + (Plus sign) Option + ⌘ Cmd + + (Plus sign)
Decrease text size Ctrl + - (Minus sign) Option + ⌘ Cmd + - (Minus sign)
Move forward from link to link Tab Tab
Move backward from link to link Shift + Tab Shift + Tab
Move from box to box Tab Tab
Go to top of page Home Home
Go to bottom of page End End
Close window Ctrl + W ⌘ Cmd + W
Go back a page Alt + (Left Arrow) ⌘ Cmd + (Left Arrow)
Go forward a page Alt + (Right Arrow) ⌘ Cmd + (Right Arrow)

Find additional keyboard shortcuts specific to your web browser:

Assistive Technology

We annually review assistive technology to determine the most common software and browser combinations. This site was tested using the following combinations:

  • JAWS and Internet Explorer
  • NVDA and Firefox


If you have difficulty accessing any material on our websites due to a disability, contact us and we'll work with you to make the information available. You can email your request to the CalPERS Accessibility Coordinator, or call us at (833) 471-9649. For TTY users, please use the California Relay Service by dialing 711.