little owl accessibilty statement

In the true spirit of Little Owl hospitality, we consider any user of our website our guest. We are committed to making all of our guest’s experiences on our website one of ease and fulfillment, no matter of their abilities. We are committed to making our website usable by all people.

Keyboard-friendly Features

We’ve added the following features to make our website easier to use without a mouse:

  • Using Navigation Bar with a Keyboard:

    • Tab Key: Tab to navigation links and hit Enter to go to selected section. Hit tab again to visit the first link in the selected section.
    • Arrow Keys: Use the Up and Down Arrow Keys to go from section to section on the homepage.
  • Close overlay content using escape key:

    Use the ESC key to close any content overlaying the screen such as pop up announcements or the "hours | directions | reservations" panel.
  • Visible indicators of where you've tabbed to

    We've added visible indicators of what link, section, or input you've tabbed to.

customize this site to your needs with assistive technology

Whether you’re team Apple or Windows, learn more about enhancing your use of your computer:

Limitations & Areas for Improvement

This website was created to be usable in a variety of environments, and while we try to include as many as possible, we are always a work in progress. While we’ve made many updates to ensure this site’s accessibility, you may find some limitations:

  • Menus Section:

    Missing text-based alternative to PDF menus for desktops. Missing ARIA labels for tabs and lists of menu items.
  • Reservations Section - Opentable Widget:

    Third party widget contains confusing labels, missing headings and titles.
    • alternative access to reservations: Please give us a call at 212.741.4695 for assistance with reservations. If a reservationist is unavailable, please leave a message with your preferred date, ideal time and party size and we'll return your call as soon as possible.

      For reservations assistance via email, please send us an email at For quickest booking, please inlcude your preferred date, ideal time and party size in your email. We'll reply with our availability as soon as possible.
  • Zoom Gestures on Mobile:

    Double-tap to zoom and outward spread to zoom gestures are disabled on mobile browsers.
    • alternative access to zooming: Use your device's built-in zoom gestures to zoom.
      On an iPhone/iPad: Go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Zoom. Once Zoom is enabled, you can use tapping gestures to magnify the screen. Triple-tap three fingers to open the zoom menu window or double-tap three fingers and drag to change zoom.
      On an Android: Go to Settings > Accessibility > Magnification gestures. Once Magnification gestures are turned on, you can zoom by triple-tappping the screen.
      If there's information on this website you're having trouble reading, please give us a call at 212.741.4695.
  • Visible External Link Indicators:

    While screen reader users are informed of external links, there's no visible indicator of external links for those not using screen readers.
    • alternative access to zooming: We've added visually hidden text for screenreaders informing visitors when a link opens in a new window.

How to send feedback on this website’s accessibility
Please let us know if you experience any difficulties using this website.

We welcome feedback on the usability and accessibility of this website. If you find anything on the site difficult or frustrating to use, please let us know:

How To Send Feedback

  • Email us at
  • Give us a call at 212.741.4695
  • Visit us in person at 90 Bedford St. New York, NY 10014
  • Write to us at Little Owl 90 Bedford St. New York, NY 10014

To help us address your difficulty as quickly as possible, please provide details about what you were trying to do, and why it was difficult or impossible to do it.

conformance with accessibility guidelines

The following steps have been taken to not only meet criteria of Website Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 (Level AA)opens in a new window but improve this website’s usability by all:

Steps Taken

  • Education in Progress:

  • Addition of ARIA attributes to make interactive elements more inclusively comprehensible
  • Automated Testing: WAVE,, Google Chrome Accessibility Audit, AChecker
  • Manual Code Review:

    • Review of website markup to catch problems not reported in automated testing
    • Practice of navigating website without a mouse and without CSS
    • Continuing to update/enhance website markup as new knowledge is acquired
  • Tested Assistive Technology:

    We’re working on improving this website’s user experience with screen readers. This website has been tested for readability with the following screen readers:
    • VoiceOver
    • JAWS

View our most recent AChecker web accessibility audit for this website:

Our last accessibility audit was performed on October 25, 2017.

Since learning about the challenges facing people of different abilities using technology, our web developer & designer, essence imani shirleyopens in a new window, has dedicated her time and efforts to educating herself on web accessibility and inclusive design. As a former arts & crafts counselor for differently-abled people of all ages, and the grand-daughter of a fully-blind highly-capable woman, she takes accessibility personally, and believes that people of all abilities should be able to not only use, but enjoy her websites. Feedback on your experience on this website is always welcome, please send it to her at


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