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Inaccessible websites create barriers for users. Create an inclusive experience online by providing accessibility and language options to enable everyone to customise your website in a way that works for them.

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Over 1 billion people worldwide encounter barriers when trying to read and understand content online. This can be due to disabilities, learning difficulties, visual impairments or if people speak English as a second language.

Without additional accessibility and language options, people are unable to perform everyday tasks from paying bills and researching services and support, to applying for their next career move.

Recite Me website accessibility plugin software provides every online user with the tools they need to create a unique experience.

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Allow everyone the opportunity to use your website in the way that it is intended

Recite Me supports each visitor by providing website accessibility options so that they can tailor your website to suit their individual needs. Digital accessibility needs vary.

Worldwide your site may be inaccessible because:

one in five people disabled

People Are Disabled

15% people dyslexia

People Have Dyslexia

10% people worldwide Learning disabilities

Have Learning Disabilities

4m Speak English As A Second Language

Speak English As A Second Language

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Disabled adults never used the Web in 2019

People Can't Read or aWrite

People Can't Read or Write

Why Choose Recite Me Accessibility Technology

In today’s world, everything we do is online, from booking holidays to looking after our finances and paying our bills. Every website user deserves an inclusive online experience with customizable options allowing them to choose how they navigate and consume information.

Recite Me assistive technology provides your customers with all the functions they need to understand and engage with your products and services. Our unique website accessibility tool allows for adjustments to all elements of the page including text, graphics, language, and navigation.

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The right thing to do

Everyone should have the opportunity to be able to access online content. Make your website inclusive to all by supporting people who are neurodiverse, visually impaired, speak English as a second language or of old age.

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The smart thing to do

Make your business available to a wider audience and enhance the user experience journey on your website. Providing accessibility technology increases web traffic, engagement and ultimately leads to more uptake and sales conversions.

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The thing I must do

There are several international and regional laws plus many local regulations that stipulate how a website should be designed and built. Avoid negative customer sentiment and possible lawsuits by providing an inclusive experience online.

Latest News and Media

Stay up to date with the latest client news, accessibility insight and events from Recite Me.

Supporting All Customers During Storm Arwen

18 Jan 2022 | news

In November Storm Arwen created stress and panic as many people lost power and heat to their homes. In the days following people frantically tried their best to contact suppliers to resolve issues. For vulnerable customers, this event was even more difficult and extra support became paramount. On the 25th and 26th of November 2021, the UK Met Office issued what they described as a "rare red weather warning" as Storm Arwen ascended onto the UK. This forecast was of extreme winds, affecting thousands of homes and businesses. As people woke up on the morning of the 27th to catastrophic damage to their homes and lives, they rushed to their computers and phones to seek support from gas and electricity distributors. The distributors who provide Recite Me assistive technology across their websites collectively saw a 152% spike in usage over the same time period last year. The Recite me assistive toolbar provides people who have disabilities, learning difficulties, visual impairments, and people who may speak English as a second language, with an inclusive experience online, to view and engage with content in ways that work best for their individual needs. Across Northern Gas Networks, SGN, Cadent Gas, Wales and West Utilities, Northern Powergrid, Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks, and Electricity North West Limited (ENWL), toolbar usage data shows nearly 5,000 people needed the aid of assistive technology viewing over 20,000 website pages. This shows the amazing support value of providing customers with the extra tools they need to access vital information hassle-free. Jo Giles Customer Safeguarding Senior Manager at Cadent commented, “Accessibility is key on any day - but when it comes to those events that mean that up-to-date information allows people to make choices to keep themselves, their families and those that they care for, it is vital. Thanks to the ease of use, Recite Me not only provides a wealth of options to support accessibility it also has the function to remember users, meaning that it continues with previously selected preferences for future updates.” As storms continued across the UK with Storm Barra Recite Me toolbar usage spiked for a second time showing the need to help people online. Recite Me is proud to work alongside many utility organisations as the industry continues to support customers in vulnerable circumstances online and offline with inclusive strategies.

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Top Trending Web Accessibility Content in 2021

10 Jan 2022 | news

It’s always rewarding when Recite Me blog articles perform well, as this tells us our content is relevant to reader needs and search queries. Analysing our article stats also provides valuable insight into ways we can plan future content to continue providing comprehensive information and constructive advice on website accessibility and inclusion factors. Web accessibility, diversity, and inclusion factors have been at the forefront of many business plans in the last year, with 2021 being dubbed “The Year of Accessibility”. At Recite Me, we’re passionate about the work we do and how our technology helps people. We’re also committed to finding more ways to put web accessibility factors in the spotlight and make online inclusion a globally familiar topic. Here’s a rundown of our most popular articles in 2021 and how they have helped support people with a range of online access needs. 1. Guest Blog - Life Online with Dyspraxia and Finding your Dream Job This post focuses on the real-life experience of Daniel Cobb, a People Advisor who only found out he had Dyspraxia at the age of 43. The average page view of nearly 6 minutes suggests that most visitors read the entire article. Read Daniel’s full article here. The success of this article tells us that more organisations are becoming familiar with lesser-known developmental coordination disorders (DCD) like dyspraxia, and are actively looking for ways to support neurodiverse employees. 2. Understanding The Equality Act and Website Accessibility As the name suggests, this article guides organisations through the Equality Act of 2010 and how web accessibility factors should be considered for compliance – especially for public sector bodies. Read the full Equality Act article here. In 2018, only 60% of local authority websites’ home pages were accessible to disabled people. The popularity of this article highlights that public sector organisations are working to comply with the most recent updates and requirements, which is great to see. 3. 2021: The Year of Accessibility, A Mini Guide This piece offers a rundown on the shortcomings of web accessibility in various sectors, identifies groups that need support online the most, and offers best-practice tips for accessibility-friendly web design. Read about the year of accessibility here. Also included were some 2020 data trends and COVID-19 information, which likely increased this article’s popularity. Many organisations scrambled to adapt to online models during the pandemic, and web accessibility became a significant factor in reaching consumers. 4. A New Standard of Website Accessibility Is On The Way Anyone who knows anything about website accessibility is aware of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. (WCAG). The current best practice is to conform with WCAG version 2.1 level AA. However, the new WCAG 3.0 guidelines are due to be published in 2022. Read about WCAG 3.0 here. WCAG is the gold standard when it comes to web accessibility, so it’s fantastic to see a high level of readership and know that more and more organisations are getting on board. 5. Assistive Technology: Who Needs It? A comprehensive article covering who needs assistive technology, why companies should try harder to provide it, and feedback from organisations and users on the benefits it offers. Find out who needs assistive technology here. During 2020 and 2021, online accessibility and inclusion needs have been at the forefront of business development, and the high volume of hits on this article reflects that. 6. How to Write an Awesome Accessibility Statement This article explains the benefits of providing a comprehensive accessibility statement and a step by step guide to writing, testing, and publishing one. Learn how to write an awesome accessibility statement here. The degree of interest in knowing how to write an accessibility statement and where to put it on a website suggests that businesses are aware of the importance of accessibility laws and the impacts of failing to be inclusive. 7. Supporting Disabled Shoppers Online This article describes the spending power of those with disabilities, the internet journeys of people who face online barriers, and the best ways to support disabled shoppers online. Read about supporting disabled shoppers here. We’re not surprised this article made it into our top 10, even though it was only posted in November. Approximately 20% of Brits, 25% of Americans and 17% of the Australians sit in the disability market. So if online retailers aren’t supporting disabled customers, they’re missing out. 8. Why is Web Accessibility Such a Big Deal? This is a popular question given the upsurge of interest in website accessibility and assistive technology solutions over the last year. So, we put together this easy-to-follow introduction to what being accessible means and how to achieve it. Find out why accessibility is such a big deal here. It’s rewarding to see people ask more questions about web accessibility on search engines. When organisations provide an inclusive website journey for those with disabilities, they improve website experiences for everyone in the process. So it’s a benefit to everyone. 9. How to Improve Brand Reputation Through Being Inclusive A specific look at how web accessibility affects inclusion and the brand benefits of being inclusive, taking into account the many ‘hidden disabilities’ that present online barriers. Learn how to improve your brand reputation by being inclusive here. By 2023, online sales are expected to account for 22% of global retail spending, and 52% of online consumers consider a company’s values when making a purchase. So savvy businesses are getting optimised for inclusion before it’s too late. 10. Recite Me: A Disability Confident Committed Employer This branded mini-article draws attention to the Disability Confident Employer Scheme, our involvement, and how important the scheme is regarding diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Read about being a disability confident employer here. We’re delighted this article made the cut in our top 10, as we are passionate advocates of growing a diverse staff. Readership numbers suggest that we’re not the only ones, which is fantastic progress. We hope this recap has helped you catch up on accessibility developments last year and given you plenty of great ideas and incentives to be more inclusive in 2022. This year we’ll be helping more and more brands to provide inclusive online journeys by spreading the word about the importance of diversity, web accessibility, and inclusion. So keep your eyes out for more great content coming your way! In the meantime… What was your favourite accessibility-based post from last year? Which topics should we cover more often? Are you interested in writing a guest article for us? Feel free to drop us a line and let us know!

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Accessibility Mission Milestone with Ross Linnett

16 Dec 2021 | news

When Recite Me was founded in 2009, the mission was always to change the online world for the better. With so many people facing online barriers, the primary goal was to achieve accessibility for all. At the time, computers and smartphones were already a dominant feature in most of our daily lives. However, what none of us envisioned was a time when these devices would be our only connection to the outside world. Flash forward to 2020 and 2021, and there have been several times when everyday tasks like shopping, banking, and communicating with loved ones have only been possible through a screen. This only made our mission more important. As the year draws to a close, our founder and CEO Ross Linnett looks back on how attitudes towards online accessibility are changing, and reflects on our progress towards the goal of achieving accessibility for all… I was sitting at our Recite Me Christmas party a couple of weeks ago when it hit me... We now have over 50 members of staff and offices in the UK, USA, and Australia. How amazing is that? And don’t get me started on the fact it’s nearly 2022 already. It really made me sit back and take stock. The time during the COVID-19 pandemic has been a bit of an oxymoron. Days, weeks, and months have sped by at the speed of light, while also somehow feeling like they lasted an eternity. But I’m so very proud of the team and could not be happier with how things are going - especially as it’s been a tough couple of years for many people. To put our goals and efforts into context and give you an end-of-year summary, I think this image is both suitably festive and portrays everything that we’re trying to achieve here at Recite Me. Here’s another way of putting it. “For people without disabilities, technology makes things easier. For people with disabilities, technology makes things possible.” IBM Training Manual That was written in 1991. For people like me who still think of anything that happened in the 90s as about 15 years ago (I know I’m not the only one!), then you need to double it. Thirty years. Thirty years since some of the biggest tech companies began promoting accessibility and inclusion as the right thing to do. Yet, it’s taken a couple of decades for inclusion to become front and centre and for the mindset of the market to align with the fact that something as simple as building a ramp can help everyone, not just those who need it. Recite Me in 2021 “The one argument for accessibility that doesn’t get made nearly often enough is how extraordinarily better it makes some people’s lives. How many opportunities do we have to dramatically improve people’s lives just by doing our job a little better?” Steve Krug, Website User Experience Expert I’m happy to report that hundreds of companies have been doing an amazing job on accessibility and inclusion this year. We all know there was a sharp shift towards online commerce and communication due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This has helped considerably because the focus on accessibility and inclusion changed from something that should be done to something that has to be done. Many organisations had to adapt quickly to online business models while also supporting the needs of their customers. That’s where Recite Me was able to help. Assistive technology is synonymous with the physical world concept of building a ramp for disabled users. Yes, it helps those who need it most. But in reality, it allows everyone to enjoy more comfortable and customised internet journeys. Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, we’ve taken on over 530 new clients, and the use of our assistive toolbar has been growing at a rate of 80% year on year. The Recite Me toolbar is now installed on over 3,700 websites in total, helping people who face online access barriers to access over 17.6 million web pages. Plus, we’re still offering to host a free accessible and inclusive landing page for any business where visitors can access important COVID-19 messages and updates. This accessibility pledge supports over 120 clients, helping over 87,000 individual users access COVID-19 information. All things considered, we’re making great progress towards our ultimate goal of achieving accessibility for all. Here are some of the ways our team has worked towards that goal over the past year. Working Closely with Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) By working closely with guidelines provided by the diligent team of experts who form The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), we’ve been able to keep the four cornerstone WCAG principles at the core of our software. We’ve also been proactive in adapting as WCAG guidelines evolve. In 2022 we’ll see the implementation of WCAG 3.0, a significant step forward from the latest WCAG 2.1 version. WCAG 3.0 will make websites, apps, PDFs, ePub, and other emerging technologies even more accessible for people with disabilities. Of course, what our software won’t do is get businesses out of the work needed to make their website initially accessible. And we’re not a ‘check the box on compliance’ product either. Going back to our ramp analogy, think of your website like the ramp itself. It must already be well built and fit for purpose. Recite Me technology is what you add to make it suitable for all and give people a choice of how they gain access – like keeping the ramp clear of leaves and snow so everyone can use it. Growing Our International Team COVID-19 may have acted as a catalyst for web accessibility and inclusion factors. But the movement was already gaining traction long before that. Organisations among the first to embrace web accessibility were already discovering the positive effects on brand reputation, workplace diversity, reduced staff turnover, and all-round better business efficiency. Good news travels fast – as does the fear of losing out to a competitor by not adapting to change quickly enough! As companies worldwide began taking a more active interest, Recite Me responded by expanding our team to cope with international demand. In 2021, we added more full-time employees to our UK and US bases, and took on our first full-time staff to cover the Australian and Middle Eastern markets. Using tech for good allows us to attract amazing candidates from across the globe, and I couldn’t be happier with the dedicated and passionate inclusion-driven team we are creating. Mission Focus With every new client, we inch closer and closer to achieving our accessibility and inclusion goals. We’re delighted to provide our assistive toolbar to several big-name brands and industry leaders, including Boots, British Gas, and Volkswagen, as well as an increasing number of education facilities, healthcare providers, charities, nonprofits and public sector organisations. All of the sectors we serve are doing a fantastic job of supporting disabled website visitors, and I’m incredibly proud of the difference we’re able to make together. Our most recent 12-month stats show that: Over 3.3 million people used our toolbar Over 18.5 million web pages were accessed Individual styling features were activated over 4.1 million times Users viewed an average of 5.62 pages per session, compared to the average website journey of just 2.8. Over 33.8 million pieces of online content were read aloud using our on-screen reader. Over 13.5 million pieces of online content were translated into another language. One of the things I’ve enjoyed most this year is expanding my network of industry contacts and spending more time discussing and spreading the word about accessibility, diversity, and inclusion. I’ve been part of some fantastic webinars with inspirational people from around the world. In October, we launched our very first ‘What Does Accessibility Mean to Me?’ week. And it could not have gone better. The team worked really hard to plan and promote the week, and I was blown away with the number of organisations and people who took part: 115 companies got involved We reached over 600,000 people across LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. Over 450 people signed up for our live round-table webinar discussion. Accessibility in 2022 What do we want to do next year? The same thing we do every year... Find the right people, and change the world! But in a positive, inclusive, and accessible way that benefits everyone, rather than an evil maniacal mouse kind of way! In 2022, we’ll be continuing to push boundaries. We’ll be forging forward with our mission to make the online world accessible to all by: Helping more and more brands to provide inclusive online journeys. Keeping up with our industry networking and round table/webinar discussions to spread the word about the importance of diversity and inclusion. Continuing to find, train, and retain the best people for our teams worldwide. Finding new ways to put website accessibility factors in the spotlight and make online inclusion a globally familiar topic. Last Thoughts This is not a passing fad. Accessibility and inclusion trends aren’t going anywhere, and the demand for inclusive websites continues to grow exponentially year on year. So if your organisation isn’t already taking steps to make your products and services inclusive, now is the time to start. Don’t wait to begin your accessibility journey. Contact our team today or book a live demonstration of our toolbar to see it in action and discover how we can help you and your customers in 2022.

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Website Accessibility Legislation

Accessibility Legislation

There are national laws governing website accessibility. In the USA this falls under the ADA, in the UK it is covered in the Equality Act 2010, and in Europe there is a specific Directive on the Accessibility of Websites and Mobile Applications.

A common theme that runs through all of these is making reasonable adjustments or accommodations to enhance and promote digital inclusion. What is more reasonable than allowing each website visitor opportunities to consume the content in a way that works for them as an individual?

Give one of our experts a call to discuss your legal responsibilities and how our website accessibility software can help.

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Create A FREE Accessible COVID-19 Information Landing Page

To inform as many people as possible it is vital that Coronavirus information is accessible.

To ensure that this vitally important information can be understood by everyone, Recite Me will host for free an accessible and inclusive landing page for businesses to share their Coronavirus message to all staff and customers.

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