It’s MS Awareness Week this week (April 23 - 29), which aims to help raise awareness about the condition, and raise funds, so that no one has to take on MS (Multiple Sclerosis) alone.
MS Awareness Week is organised by the MS Trust and there’s loads you can do to get involved this week to help support people living with MS.
Why does MS Awareness Week matter?
More than 100,000 people in the UK have MS, which is a neurological condition that affects the nerves in the brain and spinal cord.
It’s almost three times more common in women than it is in men and most people are diagnosed with MS in their 20s and 30s.
MS can be bewildering for young people in particular and to coincide with MS Awareness Week the MS Trust has launched a brand new YouTube channel for young people aged 11 to 17, who are affected by MS, called MSTV.
How can I support MS Awareness Week?
You can support MS Awareness Week in a number of ways, including joining the Be Bold in Blue campaign.
You could also tweet facts about MS, download and share some MS Awareness Week infographics turn your profile photo blue for the week to show your support.
Recite Me supporting MS Awareness Week
To coincide with MS Awareness we decided to turn the Recite Me logo blue this week to show our support.
We also want to get the word out there about how web accessibility can help people with MS.
Web accessibility software like Recite Me’s web accessibility toolbar can help to make websites more accessible to people who have MS in a number of ways.
Firstly, MS can affect a person’s mobility, which means that if they find it hard to use a website (for example, to scroll through text).
So they can use Recite Me to have the text read aloud to them, at the click of a button.
Also, MS can affect a person’s vision. By using the Recite Me toolbar people who have MS can use it do things like zoom in, increase the font size, and change the font colour and background colour contrast, in order to read web content more clearly.
100’s of organisations already use Recite Me to make their websites more accessible to people with conditions like MS – book your free demo now or call on 0191 4328092 to find out more.