Why accessibility matters so much for the health and social care sectors Why accessibility matters so much for the health and social care sectors

Why accessibility matters so much for the health and social care sectors

Posted on: by Alison Wilson

When carers learn about how to deliver the right care and treatment, how can they learn if they have dyslexia? Or what if they don’t speak English as their first language?

Much training and assessment is now done online so carers must be able to access websites in a way that works for them.

The Grey Matter Group understands this implicitly.

It has added Recite Me’s web accessibility toolbar to its website to ensure the health and social care providers the company supports can easily access its website.

Proper training is crucial

The Grey Matter Group works with organisations across the health and social care sectors to improve lives through learning.

It does this by supporting health and social providers with online learning and assessments.

These enable carers to certify they have the knowledge, skills and behaviours expected of specific job roles in the health and social care sectors.  

Its customers range from NHS trusts, to local authorities, to care homes, domiciliary care providers, learning disability providers and individual employers. 

The health and social care sectors deal with people’s lives, so it’s crucial to get things right. Mistakes can have massive consequences for people’s health, so staff must be well-trained.

Thus access to information for carers whilst they learn has a massive impact on the quality of life for their clients.

Accessing learning materials is vital for carers

This means that staff with disabilities like dyslexia must be able to access learning materials in a way that helps them understand the complex medical language used in the industry.

The same goes for the growing number of carers in the UK who don’t speak English as their first language, who need to be able to learn in their own language.

So The Grey Matter Group chose to add Recite Me to its website to meet these access needs.  

Its clients can now use the Recite Me toolbar to change font type or font size, change the text colour and the background colour, and access a full dictionary and thesaurus.

They can also use Recite Me to have the text on the website read aloud to them. This unique combination of features makes Recite Me a great accessibility tool for people with disabilities like dyslexia.

Recite Me can also translate the content of The Grey Matter Group’s website into over 100 different languages.

This helps The Grey Matter Group to deliver online learning and assessments to customers that don’t speak English as their first language.

Improving lives through learning

Alex Knapp, CEO of The Grey Matter Group, said:  

 “We chose Recite Me because the bulk of what we do to support the social and health care sectors is delivered online via our website.

“With Recite Me on the site we are confident that it is accessible and inclusive for our clients, who have a variety of access needs.

“It does a great job of supporting people with disabilities like dyslexia, which is common amongst our customers.

“It also does a wonderful job of translating information on the website into over 100 different languages.

“This is particularly useful as a high proportion of people working in the health and social care sectors have been recruited from abroad to work in the UK.

“So they don’t speak English as their first language, and they benefit greatly by using Recite Me on our website to translate content and learn in their own language.

“Ultimately, Recite Me helps our customers learn in the way that suits them best.

“This helps them to learn effectively and has a massive impact on the quality of life for their clients.”

100’s of organisations already use Recite Me to make their websites more accessible to comply with law and attract new customers – book your free demo now.

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