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Capital City College Group

12 Nov 2019 | case-study

Capital City College Group is London’s largest further education college group, providing exceptional education and training for our students, business clients and other stakeholders They comprise of three London’s largest most popular colleges – City and Islington College, Westminster Kingsway College and the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London – as well as a bespoke training provider for employers and apprentices, Capital City College Training.

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Businesses with inaccessible websites are missing out on global consumer spending power of £2.25 trillion

12 Nov 2019 | news

Today (12/11/2019) is Purple Tuesday, an international call to action to celebrate the spending power of people with disabilities and their families (aka the purple pound). Organised by Purple, a disability organisation committed to bringing together business and people with disabilities, Purple Tuesday is all about changing the customer experience for people with disabilities. A huge, relatively untapped market According to Purple Tuesday, the global consumer spending power of people with disabilities and their families, known as the Purple Pound, is a massive £2.25 trillion. But fewer than 10% of businesses have a targeted plan to access this disability market. This mismatch between supply and demand shows the commercial opportunities available for organisations. And it also sadly underlines the lack of accessibility for people with disabilities, when it comes to spending their money. Purple Tuesday aims to make any business or organisation that interacts with customers or clients who are disabled more aware of the opportunities and challenges that exist. It also aims to inspire these businesses and organisations to make changes to improve the customer experience for people with disabilities. Digital accessibility is as important as physical accessibility Purple Tuesday rightly highlights the need to make both physical and online customer experiences accessible for people with disabilities. Click-Away Pound is a research survey that explores the online shopping experience of people with disabilities and examines the cost to business of ignoring shoppers who are disabled. The findings of The Click-Away Pound Survey in 2016 showed how important it is for UK retailers to change their approach to customers with disabilities and improve the digital accessibility of websites and apps. According to the results: 71% of customers with disabilities who have access needs will click away from a website that they find difficult to use. Those customers who click away have an estimated spending power of £11.75 billion in the UK alone, around 10% of the total UK online spend in 2016. 82% of customers with access needs would spend more if websites were more accessible Will the 2019 survey results show a big improvement, a mixed picture or a backward step? It’s an exciting piece of research that’s worth keeping a close eye on! Making websites more accessible with assistive technology If you know you need to make your website work better to claim your slice of the Purple Pound, the Recite Me assistive toolbar is a great resource to add to any website to make it more accessible for people with disabilities. Recite Me is a cloud-based assistive technology toolbar that offers web visitors a range of features to customise your website and its web content, so that they can consume it in ways that work best for them. For example, 285 million people worldwide have a visual impairment, and Recite Me has a screen reader that helps website visitors to perceive and understand your digital content by reading website text aloud. It also allows people to change the way a website looks. Users are able to customise the website’s colour scheme as well as the text font style, size, colour, and spacing. This is a great aid for the roughly one in ten people in the world who have dyslexia. Ultimately, Recite Me can help you improve your website’s conversion rate optimization by increasing the number of enquiries and sales through your website. The use and impact of the Recite Me toolbar can be effectively measured by showing successful sales and other rich insights into your customers' buying behaviour. 100’s of organizations already use Recite Me to make their websites more accessible for people with disabilities… To find out more contact the team or book a demo.

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EqualEngineers, Promoting Diversity and Inclusion in Engineering

08 Nov 2019 | news

Founder of EqualEngineers Dr Mark McBride-Wright is an engineer on a mission. A mission to make the UK’s engineering and technology sectors more diverse and inclusive. Traditionally they are known as sectors that fall short on the diversity and inclusion of under-represented groups. We recently spoke to Mark, to get his thoughts on how his sector can become more inclusive. EqualEngineers recently implemented Recite Me onto its website with the aim of delivering a “one-stop option for ensuring our website is accessible to as many people as possible, a web accessibility solution that would quickly and efficiently integrate with the platform our website is built on,” says Mark. The Recite Me toolbar enables visitors to interact with the websites in a deeper way in conjunction with their accessibility requirements. Mark’s primary motive was to ensure that their website is open to as many people as possible to find out about the work that EqualEngineers do and the events they run. He continued, “We need to increase digital accessibility to as many people as possible, and Recite Me provides a way to achieve this. Now, when engineers and professionals in the sector visit EqualEngineers’ website, they can choose whether to enable the accessibility options on the website.” Making the website more accessible is just one part of a wider programme of ground-breaking initiatives that the organisation is running. Most recently, Mark spearheaded the first-ever ‘Masculinity in Engineering Report’, which was launched on World Mental Health Day. The report found that only 31% of engineers feel included in the environment they work in. Improving digital accessibility (including using assistive technology like Recite Me) helps make engineering more diverse and inclusive. Mark says, “Engineering is a traditionally male, white-dominated sector. It can be very lonely if you feel even a little bit ‘different’ to the supposed ‘norm’.” “Not being able to be open about who you are, because of attitudes and lack of diversity around you can lead to mental health issues and decreased wellbeing. We need to create a culture where men can be vulnerable and can understand their own diversity story. We do not have this in our male-majority industry, and we need to work to bring down the psychological barriers preventing it.” The report makes recommendations for the sector, including increased parity between the importance of physical safety and good mental health, modeling flexible working at senior level and highlighting the ‘toxic’ in toxic masculinity. “Men must be emboldened to be able to proudly define their own masculinity, and be reconciled with the idea that masculinity in itself is not negative at all, but that it is specific traits and behaviours, associated with a toxic, hyper-competitive, macho culture that must disappear to make way for healthy, diverse and inclusive work environments for all, “ concluded Mark. As well as highlighting what needs to change, a big part of encouraging change in the sector is rewarding existing and emerging best practices. That’s why EqualEngineers have just launched a brand new awards programme. The Engineering Talent Awards will celebrate the diversity of the engineering and technology profession. Nominations are open now and the winners will be announced at a gala awards dinner on 23 April 2020 in London. Good luck to anyone that enters! To find out more about EqualEngineers, visit https://www.equalengineers.com To learn more about Recite Me, including how to book your free demo, visit www.reciteme.com

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Understanding the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG)

07 Nov 2019 | news

If you want to know how to make your website and other digital content accessible it’s essential to understand the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1. The guidelines are produced by World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), the main international standards organisation for the World Wide Web, and define how to make web content more accessible to people with disabilities. They are now the premium standard for web and digital across the world, including in the UK. Sir Tim Berners-Lee, who invented the World Wide Web and founded W3C, believed that the web can help to empower all members of society by making information accessible to everyone. “The power of the Web is in its universality. Access by everyone regardless of disability is an essential aspect…The Web is fundamentally designed to work for all people, whatever their hardware, software, language, location, or ability. “When the Web meets this goal, it is accessible to people with a diverse range of hearing, movement, sight, and cognitive ability. “Thus the impact of disability is radically changed on the Web because the Web removes barriers to communication and interaction that many people face in the physical world. “However, when web sites, applications, technologies, or tools are badly designed, they can create barriers that exclude people from using the Web.” Hence the need to follow the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. Understanding the guidelines As the name suggests, these are guidelines, not standards, which means they offer a set of recommendations to follow, as opposed to a strict set of standards to conform to. The guidelines offer layers of guidance (principles, guidelines, success criteria, and sufficient and advisory techniques) that combine to provide guidance on how to make content more accessible. The guidelines and success criteria are organised around four principles, which set the foundation for anyone to access and use web content. They are: perceivable, operable, understandable, and robust. The 13 guidelines provide the basic goals that designers and content creators should work toward to make content more accessible to users with different disabilities. For each guideline, testable success criteria are provided to allow WCAG 2.1 to be used where requirements and conformance testing are necessary such as in design specification and regulations. In order to meet the needs of different groups and different situations, there are three levels of conformance: A (lowest), AA, and AAA (highest). For each of the guidelines and success criteria in WCAG 2.1, there are a variety of informative techniques that fall in two categories: those that are sufficient techniques for meeting the success criteria and those that are advisory techniques. Using assistive technology Recite Me is an assistive toolbar that adds an extra layer of accessibility to your websites. Using assistive technology enhances a user's website journey at the same time as following the core principles of WCAG 2.1. It allows web visitors to customise your digital content so that they can consume it in ways that work for them. And it helps websites follow the principles of the WCAG in a number of different ways, such as those listed below. Perceivable The Recite Me assistive toolbar provides features that allow content to be perceived through sound or enhanced visually means. For example, Recite Me can change website text or documents like PDFs into an alternative format by allowing the user to convert them into an audio file, which the user can opt to have read aloud. Understandable The Recite Me styling features allow people to change the way the content is displayed. Users are able to customise the websites colour scheme as well as the texts font style, size, colour and spacing. Operable Recite Me assistive technology supports users with their location on page via screen reader navigation. The screen reader also supports content reading time by being able to control text speech speeds. Robust The Recite Me assistive toolbar is delivered as SaaS (Software as a Service). Once installed onto your website you will receive regular updates and always have the latest version. Ultimately, to ensure your website and all its content is accessible you should understand and follow the principles of the WCAG, combined with the right assistive technology. 100’s of organizations already use Recite Me to make their websites more accessible for people with disabilities… To find out more contact the team or book a demo.

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Scottish Commission for Learning Disability

07 Nov 2019 | case-study

The Scottish Commission for Learning Disability (SCLD) is committed to finding new and better ways to improve the lives of people with learning disabilities in Scotland. At SCLD we want a world where people with learning disabilities are respected and included by everyone. We believe that we all have something to give and that everyone should be given the opportunity for their voices to be heard. We work closely with the Scottish Government to help deliver their learning disability strategy, The Keys to life - https://keystolife.info/

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MP busts the spelling police

04 Nov 2019 | news

As the old saying goes, you should never judge a book by its cover. Never has that been truer, than when it comes to judging what other people’s spelling actually says about them. Take the case last week of Labour MP Peter Kyle, who asked social media users who ridicule his spelling and call him thick to lay off him because he has acute dyslexia. In a powerful Twitter thread, which is worth reading, he said: “Every day I get picked up on something I write. Mostly it’s kindly or humorous which is appreciated. Sometimes it’s sneering or brutal.” “… Recently I spelled ‘border’ ‘boarder’. Most people were forgiving, hundreds were not: ‘thick’ / ‘can’t be an MP if you can’t even spell’ / ‘stupid’ / ‘resign and let someone with a brain take over’ etc.” Next time, think twice It’s a story that should make people think twice before ridiculing someone else’s spelling mistakes. Some professionals like copywriters and PR practitioners, in particular, can get very snooty and arrogant about spotting mistakes in other people’s spelling. But it just goes to show that we are all human. And that the one in ten people in the UK who have dyslexia shouldn’t face abuse because they find it difficult to read and spell. Sure, point out other people’s mistakes to help, but don’t be brutal or condescending. Supporting Peter Kyle MP We are proud to support Peter Kyle MP on this one and we think that sharing personal experiences of dyslexia is vital to improve awareness. It’s also essential to challenge the stigma that the ‘spelling police’ label people with, whether they understand an individual’s circumstances or not. There are already business leaders like Richard Branson, who champions the fact he has dyslexia and that it hasn’t stopped him from being successful in life. Now people with dyslexia have a political champion too in Peter Kyle. And it’s worth noting that like many people who have dyslexia, he is one of life’s later bloomers. He struggled at school because of his dyslexia but succeeded eventually through hard work and persistence. Although he left school without any qualifications he returned to education as an adult and went on to attend the University of Sussex, where he gained a degree and a PhD in community economic development. Recite Me CEO and Founder Ross Linnett commented, “I am Dyslexic myself and I have also come across this type of negative feedback from others. What Labour MP Peter Kyle has done has inspired others with dyslexia not to be ashamed and to stand up to the Spelling Police. People should see that having dyslexia is a gift. We have a gift to tackle tasks in a creative and analytical way that others cannot.” How Recite Me assistive technology supports people with dyslexia Recite Me helps people with dyslexia to access websites and their content by letting them customise the look and feel of a website. To support reading, a user can customise the text font, colour, sizing and spacing. They can also customise the colour of the website background, and web links, plus focus on a specific area with a reading mask and ruler. They can also choose to have text read aloud and access a dictionary and thesaurus to check spellings and definitions. Ultimately, every person and organisation should do what we can to support people with dyslexia, and avoid jumping to narrow conclusions about people’s spelling.

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Search Consultancy

04 Nov 2019 | case-study

Over the past thirty years Search Consultancy has grown to become one of the UK's largest and leading recruitment consultancies offering a range of services to clients, candidates and temps. With 14 offices across the country they look to place people at all levels across a wide range of commercial and industry sectors. Search Consultancy’s mission is to be the recruitment partner of choice for organisations who are aiming to achieve success through talented and motivated people. They are here to provide expertise and value to both their candidates and clients at every stage of the recruitment process.

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Everton Football Club

04 Nov 2019 | case-study

Everton Football Club is a topflight English Premier League Football Club which has been playing at the top level continuously since 1954. From being one of the founder members of the football league in 1888, right through to present day when Everton made technological and sporting history by helping a child too sick to travel to become the world's first 'virtual matchday mascot' - experiencing the excitement of going on to the pitch via a specially-designed telepresence robot carried by captain Phil Jagielka in the 2017/18 season - Everton has always been at the forefront of innovation and inclusion.

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Gatwick Airport

29 Oct 2019 | case-study

London Gatwick is the world’s busiest single-runway airport which was officially opened on 9 June 1958 by Her Majesty The Queen. Over the last 60 years, the airport has grown from just 186,000 passengers to over 46 million passengers each year. In 2018 Gatwick served more destinations than any other UK airport.

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University of London

28 Oct 2019 | case-study

The University of London, ‘The Peoples University’, became a Chartered University in 1836. Established as a secular alternative to Oxford and Cambridge, the only two other English universities at the time. In the present day, the University of London contains 18 member institutions, central academic bodies, and research institutes. The university has over 52,000 distance learning external students and 161,270 campus-based internal students (across the Federation), making it the largest university by the number of students in the United Kingdom.

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London University opens up their doors to a wider audience with assistive technology

25 Oct 2019 | news

The University of London has implemented assistive technology on to their website to support the raising number of distance learning students, the number of students enrolling from other countries and students with disabilities. Many universities across the country are attracting more and more students from around the world. This increase in the popularity of international students is a key market for universities & higher education organisations. To allow everyone to access course documentation and specific University information their website needed to provide accessibility support. The University of London contains 18 member institutions, central academic bodies, and research institutes. The university has over 52,000 distance learning external students and 161, 270 campus-based internal students (from across the federation), making it the largest university by the number of students in the United Kingdom. To support website usability for all on the University of London website, Recite Me provides an accessibility assistive toolbar. By providing a simple drop-down toolbar this allows visitors to customise their website in a way that works for them. This cloud-based accessibility support software gives any user the ability to customise the way they view content. This can be by changing the styling of the website. For example, changing the site background colour, font type, size colour and spacing. To support reading visitors can use the text to speech functionality or reading aids such as a ruler, reading mask, dictionary, and text-only mode. To support people how may not be able to read in English, the translation tool will translate on-demand into over 100 languages, including 35 text to speech voices and many other features. Mark Harrison, Head of Inclusion at the University of London said, “The University of London is committed to providing an inclusive and accessible experience, regardless of how our audiences and stakeholders wish to engage with us – this is just as important in an online capacity. Recite Me is an excellent way for us to be able to provide additional online tools and services for those visiting our website and increase the level of accessibility quickly and easily. In addition, we have adopted the accessibility toolbar on its intranet and jobs website to ensure that more people can access and modify the content in the way that makes it more useful and usable. These initiatives are examples of the measures we are taking to ensure that we are promoting inclusive academic practices.” University of London is part of a hand full of UK Universities that are focused on creating an accessible and usable website to benefit from the increase in a diverse audience. In September this year, all public sector websites must have complied with the principles of the WCAG 2.1 AA global web accessibility guidelines in order to be considered accessible. According to the sitemorse.com 2019 Q2/UK & IE Universities & Higher Ed report, 80% of tested university websites reported back a score of less than five out of ten for website accessibility. Recite me have created a guide that gives you a summary of the regulations, plus information about what you need to do to comply and how Recite Me can help you. Public sector website accessibility guide. Recite Me Founder and CEO Ross Linnett said: “It is great to see that the University of London has made a positive change online to support all their students with online accessibility and translation support. Creating an accessible website benefits organisation from the increasingly diverse global population.”

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Guest Blog - Life online with Dyspraxia and finding your dream job

22 Oct 2019 | news

Hello, my name is Daniel Cobb and I found out I had Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD), also known as Dyspraxia at the age of 43. Dyspraxia is a common neurodevelopmental condition that affects fine or gross motor coordination in children and adults. We are living in a fast-moving digital world where a lot of our lives are lived out online. However, a common difficulty experienced by dyspraxics is the reading and processing of information on a screen whether that be a tablet, phone, laptop, or computer. Allow me to share with you my story, my struggles, and my journey to support organisations with diversity and inclusion throughout recruitment process into everyday working life. My story If you look back at my life, on paper I have been very successful. At school, I did well in my GCSEs and A-Levels, I went to University and obtained a BA Hons Degree and a MSc. I also have had a successful career working in IT sales for a market-leading IT company, got married and have had two lovely children. However, what it does not highlight are the significant challenges I have faced throughout my life. As a child I was always falling over and covered in bruises and cuts, I constantly bumped into things, learning practical skills such as doing up buttons, tying shoelaces, learning to ride a bike, playing ball games were all very challenging for me. I also found social interaction difficult and struggled with new situations or learning a new task. As, an adult I have experienced challenges with time management, learning new work tasks and processes and am easily overwhelmed when I have lots of things to complete. I also frequently misplace things such as keys, wallets, headphones which as you can imagine is very frustrating. I am also very disorganised, and I always have the messiest desk in the office. Also, it can take me longer to complete things and requires additional effort to ensure I perform at a level that I believe is comparable to my colleagues. Likewise, I have always had the feeling of being different, whether that was in the way I experienced things differently, or through thinking differently. There were also the unwanted travel companions that have followed me throughout my life – namely low self – esteem, anxiety, and depression. Low self-esteem and anxiety have always been constant companions and when things have gotten too difficult to manage it was joined by depression. Over the years I have had numerous episodes, interestingly, not once did the medical profession want to investigate why I kept experiencing severe bouts of anxiety and depression. Matters came to a head back in 2017 when following another significant episode, I decided to investigate why this kept happening. In the past, it had been suggested the challenges I had experienced throughout my life could be explained by something called dyspraxia. However, as I felt at the time to be doing ok I did not want to explore it further. I though now started to look into what dyspraxia was. The internet was invaluable as I discovered there was, in fact, reams and reams of information about dyspraxia including the symptoms and characteristics of someone who has dyspraxia and the potential causes of it. The more I read about it, the more it sounded like dyspraxia could be the explaining factor behind all the difficulties I had experienced during childhood and into adulthood. During my research, I came across The Adult Developmental Coordination Disorder / Dyspraxia Checklist which had been created by Amanda Kirkby and her team at The Dyscovery Centre, University of Wales. I completed the checklist and it was as if it was describing word for word the exact difficulties and challenges, I had experienced all my life – from childhood into adulthood. The outcome of completing the checklist was that it indicated it was more than likely I had Developmental Coordination Disorder / Dyspraxia. At this point, I was so determined to see this to the end, and I decided I needed to get a full diagnosis. I realised very quickly the only way to get a diagnosis was to go private, as I was an adult the NHS would not be able to help. As I was fortunate to have the financial means to pay for a private diagnosis, I was able to quickly self-refer myself to Dyspraxia UK. The outcome of the diagnostic assessment was that the results were consistent with someone who has dyspraxia. Hearing this and seeing it down on paper was a lightbulb moment for me. I also felt a sense of euphoria and some ways of excitement. It instantly provided me with answers as to why I had struggled all my life and why I had always felt I was different from my peers. It also explained why anxiety and depression had been constant companions throughout my life. It was quickly replaced by frustration and in some ways, grief as well. I was frustrated about why it had taken me until I was 43 years old before I was diagnosed with DCD / Dyspraxia and I was grieving for what my life could have been like instead. Very quickly I realised that things were not going to change. It was not as if I could take medication to help and cure the dyspraxia. It was clear to me that DCD /Dyspraxia was part of my makeup and was what made me as a person. I also learned to perform and fulfil my potential especially when in work, specific adjustments needed to be implemented. These range from using assistive technology through to where I am sat in an open planned office and being able to use headphones to reduce distractions. What is DCD / Dyspraxia? Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD), also known as Dyspraxia is a neurodevelopmental condition. It affects fine or gross motor coordination in children and adults. It is a lifelong condition and is formally recognised by international organisations such as the World Health Organisation. It is distinct from other motor disorders such as cerebral palsy and stroke and occurs across all intellectual abilities. Individuals will vary in terms of how difficulties present themselves. They can also change over time, depending on environmental and life experiences. What causes DCD / Dyspraxia? The causes are not clear. One thought is that it is caused by disruption to the way in which messages from the brain are transmitted to the body. This therefore results in problems with coordination and balance and difficulties with gross and fine motor skills. It affects a persons’ ability to learn sequence of movements and why they experience coordination difficulties. Consequently, an individual’s coordination difficulties may affect participation and functioning of everyday life skills in education, work and employment. Children may present difficulties with self – care activities such as doing up buttons, tying shoe laces, writing, also learning to ride a bike and participating in team sports such as football may be difficult. As an adult these experiences continue when learning skills at home, in education and in work s (i.e. learning to drive, doing DIY and learning new work tasks and processes. There can also be co-occurring difficulties which can have a serious impact on daily life and lead to social and emotional difficulties. Individuals can have problems with time management, planning and personal organisation, dealing with change and uncertainty, processing and retaining information. They can experience sensory processing issues and therefore be very sensitive to noise, touch and smell and can become overwhelmed very quickly. There is also significant comorbidity with other occurring conditions. Individuals with dyspraxia have higher rates of self-esteem and are more likely to suffer with anxiety and depression. Dyspraxia has a lot of overlap with other neurodevelopmental conditions (e.g. Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia, Tourette’s), and people with dyspraxia may have more than one of these. Clearly there a lot of negatives associated with dyspraxia. However, it is worth noting there are a lot of strengths and positives to also consider. Dyspraxic people tend to be good at bold ‘big picture’ thinking, pattern-spotting and inferential reasoning. Due to the challenges they experience they are often resourceful, persistent, and determined problem-solvers. Likewise, with the right support in place they are very reliable and hard working. Finally, other strengths described by dyspraxic individuals are being patient, caring and empathic. Challenges faced online and in recruitment We live in a world where everything we do now is online, from booking holidays, managing our finances, reading the daily news, and purchasing goods. However, evidence has shown that disabled people including dyspraxics face barriers when visiting inaccessible websites. As a result, it means they are unable to understand and engage with companies’ products and services. Another area where there are significant challenges for dsypraxics is in recruitment and searching for the right job. Everyone will probably agree looking for the right job, especially after redundancy is stressful and very exhausting. Again, a lot of what you need to do whilst searching for your next job is online, from using online job boards, using LinkedIn, registering your details with a recruitment agency, or completing online job applications. A common difficulty for dyspraxics is reading and processing information on a screen. The amount of information presented can easily overwhelm them and because of sensory processing issues they may also experience high levels of visual stress. These challenges can be made worse by digital and online communications being inaccessible. This leads to barriers which can stop someone with dyspraxia and other neurodiverse conditions from flourishing during the recruitment process. This is significant as it means searching for a job can be even more difficult for someone who has dyspraxia. Assistive toolbar support Due to the challenges I experience when using websites, the ability to customise a website to a way that works for me is very important. The innovative Recite Me Cloud Assistive Toolbar allows me to do this very easily. When integrated into a website it allows you to customise the website in the way in which you need it to work for you. For example, as a dyspraxic user, to ensure the digital content is accessible I can change the font type, size and spacing. I can also change the background colour to aid viewing and reading. It is also possible to use a ruler to allow me to read line by line and use the reading mask to eliminate distraction. Finally, I can also enable the website to read text aloud. These features mean barriers are removed and ensures the website is accessible and usable for everyone. Companies need to take inclusion seriously It is important for everyone to have the opportunity to access online content and it is essential to support people who are dyspraxic. Providing an inclusive experience ensures a users’ journey and experience of a website is enhanced. It means dyspraxic users are not disadvantaged and are able to understand and engage with a businesses’ services and products. The benefits to a business are significant. Through providing assistive technology that website users can use means businesses are able to cater for a wider audience. It is likely to also increase visitor engagement and satisfaction leading to a greater online presence and more business being converted. There are over 11 million people in the UK disabled, 15% of the population are neurodiverse, with 3-4% of adults dyspraxic. Therefore, the use of assistive tools is so important. The integration of assistive tools such as Recite Me’s Assistive Technology Toolbar across a recruiters’ website removes the substantial barriers disabled people experience during the recruitment process. It is a game changer as the recruitment process instantly becomes more inclusive, providing greater opportunities for dyspraxic individuals to find their dream job. It also means organisations do not miss out on the skills and strengths dyspraxic employees can bring to an organisation. More importantly it also helps to reduce the disability employment gap as it allows organisations to tap into a talent pool that is currently untapped. To conclude it makes business sense and it is the right thing to do.

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Focussing on the Facts for ADHD Awareness Month

18 Oct 2019 | news

ADHD Awareness Month aims to educate the public about ADHD by sharing reliable information about the condition to clarify the facts and bust myths. It also encourages people affected by ADHD to seek assessment, get appropriate treatment, and share resources. Recite Me is an assistive technology company that helps people with disabilities and health conditions like ADHD to access information and services online. So we are pleased to share information about the condition as part of ADHD Awareness Month 2019. What is ADHD? Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a neurobiological condition that has behavioural symptoms such as inattentiveness, hyperactivity, and impulsiveness. There are three different types of ADHD: Predominantly Inattentive Presentation; Predominantly Hyperactive-Impulsive Presentation; and Combined Presentation. ADHD affects 5% of children and 2.5% of adults in the UK according to ADHD Action, and most people with the condition are diagnosed between the ages of 6 to 12 years old. Although the symptoms of ADHD normally lessen as people get older many adults continue to experience problems. And whilst nearly 75,000 children aged between six and 17 received a prescription for ADHD drugs in England in 2017/18, some research suggests that children in England, especially girls, are being under-treated for the condition. Myths and Facts about ADHD MYTH: ADHD is caused by bad parenting FACT: Parents do not cause ADHD. The disorder comes from the accumulation of many environmental and genetic risk factors. MYTH: ADHD is just an excuse for being lazy FACT: ADHD is a problem with the chemical dynamics of the brain and it’s not under voluntary control. MYTH: Children with ADHD just need more discipline FACT: Discipline and relationship problems are the consequences of ADHD behaviour problems in the children, not the cause. How technology can help people with ADHD access the Web People who have ADHD can often also have a learning difficulty like dyslexia and ADHD is also known to affect people’s ability to read in itself. This can make it difficult for people with ADHD to access information and services online, but accessibility software like Recite Me’s cloud-based assistive technology toolbar can help them enormously. It can be installed on any website to offer a range of accessibility and language options to make reading information online easier, such as a ruler and screen mask which can be used in combination to focus on a small area of text. Recite Me can also change a web page to plain text view or let the user choose the exact text and background colour combination. These features help users to avoid distracting bright colours, images and graphics whilst reading web content. There is also a dictionary built into Recite Me, which lets people quickly check the definitions of words they don’t understand. Recite Me can even read web content aloud to users (aka text to speech) so they can listen to the content and avoid reading it altogether if it suits them. Ultimately, Recite Me is part of a range of support measures people with ADHD can use to take an active part in life. For more information about the treatment and support available for people with ADHD visit the NHS website.

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Interview with Keeley Baptista, Head of Partnerships at Kick It Out

17 Oct 2019 | news

Recite Me CEO, Ross Linnett and Keeley Baptista, Head of Partnerships at Kick It Out discusses the revolution of the charity organisation from tackling racism in football to the full scope of diversity and inclusion. They also discuss the importance of online inclusion and accessibility. With fans coming together online from all over the world to share their passion for football, Keeley points out how accessibility and assistive technology should be a priority for all football clubs on their websites

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The changing world needs dyslexia skills in the workplace

15 Oct 2019 | news

As our world continues to change and evolve where technology supports everyone with everyday tasks, the need for creative, problem solving and leadership skills are more important than ever. These unique set of skills has shaped the world we live in today with famous innovators such as Sir Richard Brandson, Agatha Christie and Albert Einstein. All of who are dyslexic. In the future, enhanced tasks and new roles will be created that match closely to the strengths of dyslexic thinking. At least 1 in 10 people in the UK and nearly 1 in 5 in the US are influenced by dyslexia. People with dyslexia have a genetic difference in their ability to learn and process information. As a result, people will excel in creative, problem-solving and communication tasks but will experience challenges with spelling, reading and memorising fact. Only 3% of the public believe dyslexia is a positive trait according to YouGov research and 73% of dyslexic people hide their dyslexia from employers. Made by Dyslexia has created a movement to unite, inspire and shape the future to understand and support people with dyslexia. 2019 Made By Dyslexia Global Summit marks the start of the revolution and the pledge to address the support needed for people with dyslexia. Calling upon all companies and countries to join together to recognise, understand and support dyslexia. As partners and supporters of Made By Dyslexia, Recite Me Managing Director, Ross Linnett and Marketing Director, Michael Halpin joined over 200 people and thousands more worldwide via live stream at their annual Global Summit in London. The evening created a platform to recognise the power of dyslexia through listening to three inspiring panels. The imaginers, the game changers, and the change-makers. All of which are geared towards improving the perception and celebrating neurodiversity by connecting the dots. The overall main focus of the evening was to address how to improve the screening of dyslexia from an early age and then how to teach children with dyslexia in the right way to excel on their strengths. Children with dyslexia do not fit into the normal school model of written and reading exams. Working together, the education system needs to change their approach so that every child can develop their key skills in the right way so they can achieve their end goal of starting their dream career. In a world of technologically-enabled change, how we work is changing. Normal working tasks of writing and reading are being supported via everyday technology. Technology is, therefore, creating a need for new skill sets which people with dyslexia excel with. These days, flexible, multi-disciplined and collaborative job skills will become paramount. It is clear that organisations need to better understand dyslexia and the benefits they bring to a business. Many dyslexics shie with their creative skills, analytical thinking and big-picture thinking as some of their strengths, skills which are highly sought after in some of the world’s biggest industries. If we’re all going to be successful together going forward, it’s imperative to better understand which strengths everyone is bringing to the modern world of work.

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