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Accessibility/Usability

Language Access Plan for Individuals with Limited English Proficiency

Executive Order 26 Leaving NYS Canal's Website directs executive state agencies that provide direct public services to offer language assistance services (translation and interpretation) to people of Limited English Proficiency (LEP).

Each agency provides interpretation services between the agency and an individual in his or her primary language with respect to the provision of services or benefits.

Each agency also provides translation services in the six most common non-English languages spoken by LEP individuals in the State of New York, based on the United States census data and relevant to services offered by each of such agencies. At the moment, Spanish, traditional Chinese, Russian, French Haitian-Creole, Korean and Italian are the top six languages.

Facilities Accessibility

The Canal Corporation is committed to ensuring that all of its public facilities along the Canal System are accessible to and usable by individuals of all abilities and meet the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act, New York State Human Rights Law and the New York State Building Code.

Wheelchairs and Electric personal assistive mobility devices, as defined in New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law Section 114-d, may be used at facilities open to the public for pedestrian use and on the Canalway Trail System. The current Canal rules and regulations generally prohibit the operation of a motorized vehicle on any Canal System land. However, a reasonable accommodation request may be submitted for other powered mobility devices used by an individual with a disability. Reasonable accommodation consideration will be based on factors including but not limited to safety hazard to the user or other visitors and/or impact on the environment. 

The use of a service animal by an individual with a disability is welcome at Canal System facilities wherever the general public is permitted provided the service animal is under its handler’s control at all times and does not pose a danger to the public.

For questions on the use of service animals and/or personal assistive mobility devices and to submit a reasonable accommodation request, or for general questions, suggestions or comments about accessibility along the New York State Canal System, please contact the Canal Corporation via email at accommodations@nypa.gov or call (914) 681-6246.

Web Accessibility

The New York State Canal Corporation makes our website accessible for users with disabilities.

If you experience any accessibility problems or have any questions or concerns about the accessibility of any part of this website, please use our online contact form to send an email to our Webmaster or contact our Office of Media Relations & Communications at (518) 471-5300.

Documents in Other Formats

Whenever possible we offer web pages in HTML format. Often a document is posted on a page in multiple formats, such as HTML, PDF, RTF, Word, Powerpoint, or Excel.

If your browser or assistive technology requires a document in a different file format than we currently provide you can request it from us and we will try to accommodate you.

Free viewers are available for many of the file types we use. If you are having trouble viewing any of the above file types you may need to install additional software:

Web Usability

This website was designed for and looks best in a newer standards-compliant browser.  All pages on this site validate as HTML 5.0.

This site uses cascading style sheets (CSS) for visual layout.  If your browser or browsing device does not support stylesheets at all the content of each page is still readable.

All pages on this site define the following access keys:

  • Access key 1 - Home page
  • Access Key c - Skip main navigation and go directly to the main content
  • Access key g - Submits the Go button for the Search
  • Access key n - Go to the main navigation
  • Access key s - Places your cursor in the Search text box

For IE/Windows, press ALT + accesskey, for Firefox/Windows, press ALT + Shift + accesskey.  On Macintosh, press Control + accesskey.