Sandia Area is committed to ensuring our members have full access to the products and services we provide including members with disabilities. We strive to ensure our mobile, online, telephone, ATM, and in-person services, products, and information are accessible to all members. Efforts are continuously underway to improve the overall digital experience for all our members.
Website Accessibility Statement
This Accessibility Statement applies to: sandia.org
We Value Digital Inclusion.
In our effort to provide a fully accessible and optimized user experience for all site visitors, sandia.org has taken careful measure to ensure an excellent user experience, regardless of the assistive technology being used to access this site or the specific abilities of those individuals seeking access to this site.
The website is monitored and tested regularly by internal resources and by AudioEye, a third-party provider of Web Accessibility testing and monitoring. As issues of accessibility are identified, results of automated and manual testing are managed through the AudioEye® Digital Accessibility Platform. As new solutions are discovered to improve the user experience, remediation is tracked through the AudioEye system and fixes are implemented to improve the website user experience.
AudioEye Accessibility Certification
The AudioEye Certification seal represents a commitment to accessibility and digital inclusion. The AudioEye certification process involves automatic and manual testing with the goal of maximizing conformance with Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 Level AA Success Criteria.
AudioEye certifies that this site is in the process of being enhanced to conform with WCAG 2.1 Level AA Success Criteria to the greatest extent possible.
AudioEye and sandia.org continue to collaborate in an ongoing effort to maintain conformance and provide an accessible user experience for all users.
This website is regularly tested using a variety of assistive technologies. We recommend using the following web browser / screen reader combinations for an optimized experience:
For Windows users: JAWS and Chrome or NVDA and Firefox
For Mac users: VoiceOver and Safari or VoiceOver and Chrome
For mobile users: VoiceOver for the iPhone and TalkBack for Android devices
Web Accessibility Guidelines
Please see more information about WCAG compliance.
Improving the User Experience for Users of Assistive Technologies
Sandia.org has leveraged the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 as reference to ensure the web content made available from this site is more accessible for individuals with disabilities and user friendly for everyone.
These globally recognized best practices (as recommended by the World Wide Web Consortium) consist of three levels of accessibility measurement (A, AA, and AAA). To the greatest extent feasible, has elected to conform to Level AA of these guidelines.
Dedicated web accessibility experts are available to assist site visitors with any issues accessing content and the various services and functions made available across the website. Site visitors may choose to engage with the Help Desk to report and troubleshoot web accessibility related issues. Alternatively, you can speak to a live agent who is standing by, ready to take your toll-free call and help resolve your issue together. Call to talk now.
The AudioEye Toolbar
Providing Users with a Free and Customizable Assistive Utility
In addition to the above-mentioned techniques and strategies – and since not all site visitors have access to assistive tools such as screen readers – we have provided free Web Enhancement Tools that allow site visitors to customize their user experience.
Activate the AudioEye Toolbar by clicking on the Accessibility icon on any page in this website. You can also click the button below.
The Visual Toolkit
Customize the visual display of the website
Page Elements Navigation
Navigate easily through any page by element, or content hierarchy
AudioEye Help Desk
Report accessibility related issues
Throughout this website, we make use of different third-party websites such as Instagram, YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook to spread news and information about products and services. These sites, which are not controlled by sandia.org, may present challenges for individuals with disabilities that we are not able to control or remedy.
As made publicly available, here are the Accessibility Policies provided from these third-party sites:
Branches and ATMs
Our branches are designed to meet all federal, state and local standards for accessibility. Accessibility features at our branches include:
- Exterior: parking space sizes, signage, slopes and grading
- Interior: Receptionists stationed near the doors, accessible teller windows
Visitors who have difficulty entering or navigating our branches may request assistance from any branch employee. We also welcome service animals. For users with visual impairments, our CU Anytime ATMs offer tactile input controls with symbols, ascending/descending keypads with visual contrast, Braille instructions, a headset port with verbal instructions and speech mode controls.
Use of Service Animals
Individuals who rely on the assistance of service animals (as defined by the current ADA) are permitted to be accompanied by service animals on Sandia Area premises. Service animals must be harnessed, leashed, or tethered at all times, unless those devices interfere with the service animal’s work or the individual’s disability prevents him or her from using these devices. Individuals who cannot use such devices must maintain control of the animal through voice, signal, or other effective controls.
Not withstanding these requirements, a service animal may be excluded from Sandia Area Federal Credit Union premises if: (1) the animal is out of control and the handler cannot or does not regain control; or (2) the animal is not housebroken. When there is a legitimate reason, limited to those listed above, to ask that a service animal be removed, staff will offer the member the opportunity to obtain services without the animal’s presence.
Our Call Center is available to assist our membership (1-800-228-4031). Members with hearing or speech disabilities may choose to communicate by placing a call through Relay New Mexico. Simply dial 7-1-1 or call one of the toll-free numbers below:
- TTY: 800-659-8331
- Voice: 800-659-1779
- Voice Carry Over (VCO): 877-659-4174
- Speech-to-Speech (STS): 888-659-3952
- Spanish: 800-327-1857 (Includes Spanish-to-Spanish. Translation between English and Spanish is available if both parties are within the State of New Mexico)
If you are traveling out of state or you are in a state that is not served by New Mexico Relay, you can place interstate calls by dialing:
- TTY: 800-833-5833 (toll-free)
- Voice: 800-833-7833 (toll-free)
For members who have difficulty visiting a branch or using the phone, Sandia Area's mobile and online channels serve as a useful alternative to access our products and services. Sandia Area maintains mobile and browser application compatibility with industry standards and guidelines. To improve your web experience, we recommend utilizing your operating system or browser's native accessibility tools. Learn more about the browsers we support. We're continuing to update our mobile and online platforms to provide greater accessibility. Accessible features include:
- mobile apps compatible with Android & iOS accessibility software
- keyboard-accessible links
- color contrast for users with vision impairments
- text hierarchy to distinguish headlines from content and notation text
- descriptive links
- captioned multimedia
Suggestions for Improvement
If you have suggestions for how Sandia Area or our site could better serve you, please let us know by visiting the "Contact Us" page.
Sandia Area Federal Credit Union strives to treat our members with the highest level of service and respect. To this end, we comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) and will make reasonable modifications in policies, practices, and procedures in order to provide equal access to individuals with disabilities, to the extent required by the ADA and other applicable law. Individuals with a disability who require modifications to access or to procure services from Sandia Area or have concerns about access to Sandia Area premises or services should contact a Branch Manager as soon as possible. We will then work with that individual to identify reasonable modification(s) that are appropriate and consistent with our legal obligations.Go to main navigation