The NHS Accessible Information Standard

If you provide NHS or Adult Social Care services there is a new information standard you have to follow. The Accessible information Standard is going to be mandatory by the end of July 2016 and it applies to the accessibility of your website.

The Accessible Information Standard is being rolled out to make sure that disabled people have equal access to health and social care services. All the information you provide to your service users, patients and carers has to be accessible and understandable for everyone. This isn’t just a ‘nice-to-have’, it’s the law, see section 250 of the Health and Social Care Act 2012.

 

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Making health and social care information accessible

The Accessible Information Standard is a guide on how to make information accessible, making sure that your patients get information in different formats if they need it: including Large Print, Braille, Easy Read and via email. The Standard also covers how you can support people’s communication needs, for example by offering a British Sign Language (BSL) interpreter, deafblind manual interpreter or an advocate.

Digital accessibility for the NHS and Adult Social Care

Your website is your single most important communications and marketing tool and it is vitally important that it works hard for you.  Web-based communications are the most cost-effective way of ensuring your message reaches a large audience. Whether you are an NHS Trust, Foundation Trust, GP Practice or organisation that pays for and makes decision about NHS and Adult Social Care services, your website needs to be accessible the public – in particular to those with a disability, impairment or sensory loss.

More and more information is being communicated online. The case for web accessibility is strong, but as few as 14% of websites are actually accessible. If you are providing information on suitable long-term care, medication, or new services starting at your Trust, Practice or Surgery, you need to be sure that everyone can access your website content the way they need it. For patients, carers and parents or service users at home, in the office or on the go, we can make your website more accessible.  

Our Cloud based web accessibility software enhances the user experience for 15-20% of your website visitors with dyslexia. Our solution also makes your website more accessible for people with visual or cognitive impairments and as well as people with English as a second language. Recite Me can open your doors to anyone who needs to access your web content via our text to speech functionality, dyslexia software or by using one of our many other features such the DocReader, an online MP3 creator or our 52 language translation tool. 

Why Your Organisation Needs Recite

  • Your web visitors will have a better experience of your website; our toolbar allows anyone to customise your site the way they need it to work for them.
  • Recite Me works across all devices, so whether your web visitors are at home, at work or on the go, they can always access your website content. 
  • Our integrated analytics function helps you to demonstrate that you are anticipating and meeting the access needs of your web visitors.
  • Web accessibility will be a legal requirement for NHS and social care providers in 2016; we can help you meet your legal obligations.

How We Can Help Your Organisation

Our team of developers and advisers are there to help improve your organisation’s website accessibility. Based in the Cloud, our toolbar is quick and easy to implement and works across all devices. Our web accessibility software solution transforms the accessibility of your website by adding one line of code to your website. Recite offers you a full range of dyslexia software, text to speech functionality, translation into 52 languages, a document reader, an audio MP3 creator and much more in one cost-effective solution.

The implementation of our solution is simple, fast and effective. Visitors to your website then have a full-range of customisable options available to them at one click of the Recite Me button. With our integrated statistics tool we can tell you how many of your web visitors have used Recite, giving you the management information you need to demonstrate that you are anticipating and meeting the access needs of your website visitors.  

Contact us today to book an introductory session and product demonstration.