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Accessibility Guide to the UK's top visitor attractions

05 Aug 2019 | news

As the madness of the kids six-week holidays continues we stop to look at attractions across the UK and how accessible they really are. Revitalise, a national charity that provides respite care in a holiday setting for disabled people and carers has released its 2019 Accessible Tourism Report. The report looks at the top 100 most visited UK tourist attractions. The most important factor considered when constructing this report was the overall accessibility of each venue for wheelchair users. Other key factors were: Whether the venue was free or offered concessions for disabled people and carers The number of disabled toilets The availability of hoists The number of disabled parking spaces The accessibility of the approach to the venue Numbers of staff with disability awareness training Whether all the essential accessibility information is available on the venue’s website View Accessible Tourism Report 2019. The UK attraction that came out on top was the Museum of Liverpool. The Museum of Liverpool scored “excellent” across the board, returning an impressive accessibility score of 95.5%. They were closely followed by three attractions from the capital, the Science Museum, V&A Museum of Childhood and the Tate Modern. The report shows a great landscape of how accessible venues are across the country but one thing that a large number of venues lack and need to address is accessibility online. Over 11 million people in the UK have a disability and 3 in 10 people have a learning disability, so accessing important content online can be a real struggle. UK attractions who don’t address online accessibility are shutting out people with disabilities, lowering their ability to book tickets online, taking advantage of seasonal offers and generally find out more about their potential visit. To support customers online Leeds Playhouse use, Recite Me. Recite Me is a Cloud-based web accessibility solution that allows website visitors to customise a site in a way that works for them. This award-winning software includes text to speech functionality, neurodiversity software, an interactive dictionary, a translation tool with over 100 languages, including 35 text to speech voices and many other features. Nick Hallam, Marketing & Communications Director at Leeds Playhouse 208/19 commented. “Recite Me arrived at a very opportune moment as part of our rebrand. For us, it was one of the easiest decisions that we’ve had to make in terms of accessibility. If the solution is not Recite Me, I don’t know what it would be, because it’s such a useful and easy to use tool.” 100’s of organisations including many leisure companies use Recite Me to make their websites more accessible and inclusive…call 0191 4328092 to find out more or book your free demo now.

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Changing Lives Every Day' with Improved Web Accessibility

30 Jul 2019 | news

Auriga Services and Recite Me partner up and align their passion for helping people, with the introduction of cloud-based assistive technology. Auriga Services manage the charitable trust funds for Severn Trent Water, United Utilities and Thames Water, as well as the NHS, Local Authorities, and Charities, managing their funds and schemes. Auriga has helped 1.9 million people to reduce their financial hardship by working closely with their clients to meet the main objective of ‘Changing Lives Every Day’. Customers who may be overwhelmed with their situation need to be able to access the support that is needed easily and hassle-free. In supporting vulnerable customers online, Auriga Services with Recite Me now provides essential accessibility support, removing online challenges for those with disabilities, vision impairments or who struggle with English as a second language. The introduction of the Recite Me assistive toolbar will allow website visitors to customise the Auriga Services website in the way that works for them. This could be changing the page style to customize the colour and size of foreground text, links and backgrounds, or using the reading aids to mask distractions on the screen. People who speak English as a second language will benefit from the real-time translation feature which can translate over 100 languages, including 35 text to speech voices. Mark Abrams, Chief Executive at Auriga Services Ltd said, “From a recommendation I received, I reviewed the Recite Me product. Just 15 minutes later I was convinced that it was a must for enabling accessibility on our website and on-line portals. We help people in financial need, and accessibility is essential – especially for those who don’t speak English as their first language. “I then discovered that the company behind the product was equally amazing – they could not have been more helpful – firstly by ensuring that we understood the product, and then post sale, in supporting the implementation and further follow up questions later” Recite Me Founder and CEO Ross Linnett said: “Vulnerable customers online need to be supported. Partnering up with Auriga Services is a great step forward to support people looking for financial help with their utility bills.”

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Accessible Fonts Guide

23 Jul 2019 | download

Your choice of font can have a positive or negative impact on the person reading your printed and digital communications. Some fonts are easier to read than others and if chosen well, the right font can really help you get the message across.

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Making careers in theatre accessible and inclusive

22 Jul 2019 | news

More and more industries and organisations in the UK are now ensuring that the people they employ reflect the diversity of the communities they serve. This is certainly the case when it comes to theatre in the UK. That’s why the Get Into Theatre website was created. Diversity in theatre Get Into Theatre is the UK’s leading theatre careers website that helps young people find all the information and opportunities they need to pursue a successful career in theatre in the UK. This includes up-to-date theatre jobs information and advice on areas ranging from backstage to performing, training to apprenticeships. Get Into Theatre has major industry backing: it is produced by leading trade publication The Stage and generously funded and supported by the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation and UK Theatre/Society of London Theatre. And crucially, Get Into Theatre wants everyone to know about how to get a career in theatre no matter their background, ethnicity, impairment, condition or gender. Are you talking to ME? According to Ahmet Ahmet, Outreach Director, Get Into Theatre, access to information if key for that. He said: “The Get Into Theatre website was created to help get people from diverse backgrounds into careers in theatre. “Before the website was created a range of people from different and diverse communities (including people with disabilities) were consulted to understand what stops young people getting into careers in theatre. “One of the key findings from the consultation was that access to information was key to help more young people find out about opportunities to enter the industry.” Easy access, no drama Part of ensuring that information on Get Into Theatre is accessible means having the Recite Me web accessibility and language toolbar on the website. Recite Me makes the site more accessible to the one in five people who have a disability by letting them use the site in the way that suits them best. Recite Me can also translate the site’s content into over 100 different languages, which helps people who don’t speak English as a first language access the content. Ahmet added: “It was vital to make Get Into Theatre accessible and inclusive and to demonstrate we had covered all aspects of inclusion, which is why we chose Recite Me. “It gives us great confidence to know that young people can access the website to find out how pursue a successful career in theatre in the UK, no matter what their backgrounds or circumstances are.”

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All UK energy websites need to be accessible for people with disabilities

22 Jul 2019 | news

Recite Me call on all UK energy suppliers and comparison websites to ensure their websites are accessible for people with disabilities. In 2018, Energy UK launched the Commission for Customers in Vulnerable Circumstances, to explore how the UK energy industry can meet the needs of customers in vulnerable circumstances, including people with disabilities. The Commission for Customers in Vulnerable Circumstances Report 2019 suggests a mixed picture and states there is a need for urgent improvement across the sector, including by ensuring price comparison websites are accessible. The report looks at the extent to which the energy sector is currently working for customers in vulnerable circumstances. It was compiled based on a combination of evidence hearings, analysis of over 40 responses to Energy UK’s ‘call for evidence’, consideration of published research, and meetings with experts in different aspects of this field, The report recommends that customers in vulnerable circumstances must be provided with a range of communication channels so that they can engage with their supplier in a way that best meets their needs. Recite Me is a web accessibility and language software that helps customers in vulnerable circumstances, such as those with sight loss or cognitive impairments like learning difficulties and dyslexia, to access any website. Recite Me submitted a paper to the commission panel and took part in a workshop, while attending a hearing to support the report. Members of the Recite Me team, including Founder and CEO Ross Linnett, attended the launch event for the report at the Houses of Parliament. Recite Me lets people with disabilities access any website in a way that suits them best through a unique combination of features, like a text-to-speech option, a zoom function, and the ability to change the text colour an background colour. Recite Me is already used by energy suppliers including Western Power Distribution, Wales and West Utilities, Cadent Gas and Auriga Services to help make their websites accessible to as many customers as possible. Recite Me Founder and CEO Ross Linnett said: “The technology of consumer engagement is changing and moving online more and more. As a result, vulnerable customers need to be supported online. “This report highlights how some energy price comparison websites don’t follow the globally recognised World Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1, level AA, which is the legal requirement. “Recite Me is now calling on all UK energy comparison websites and energy suppliers to ensure their websites are accessible for people with disabilities. Recite Me already supports millions of visitor’s across all industries to access websites by providing accessibility tools to customise a website the way they need it to work for them. “We look forward to seeing more UK energy comparison websites and energy suppliers using web accessibility software such as Recite Me to ensure they are fully supporting customers in vulnerable circumstances.” Mark Abrams, Chief Executive at Auriga Services Ltd said: “From a recommendation I received, I reviewed the Recite Me product. Just 15 minutes later I was convinced that it was a must for enabling accessibility on our website and on-line portals. We help people in financial need, and accessibility is essential – especially for those who don’t speak English as their first language.”

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believe housing

19 Jul 2019 | case-study

Believe Housing, which was formally known as County Durham Housing Group, is one of the largest housing associations in the North East of England. The organistion covers 862 square miles, from the very rural west, to the hustle and bustle of Durham city centre, and the magnificent coastline in the east.

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New study shows most university websites aren't accessible

19 Jul 2019 | news

New research shows that the majority of UK university websites don’t meet global accessibility standards and will need development to meet new UK public sector accessibility laws. According to the sitemorse.com 2019 Q2/UK & IE Universities & Higher Ed report, 80% of the university websites it tested reported back a score of less than five out of ten for website accessibility. The study also showed that over 40 percent of pdf’s on the university websites tested failed accessibility tests. This means the websites and their content don’t follow the principles of the WCAG 2.1 AA global web accessibility guidelines. However, to comply with The Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No.2) Accessibility Regulations 2018 every new website (published on or after the regulations came into force in September 2018) must meet WCAG 2.1 accessibility standards by 23 September 2019. Existing websites must meet WCAG 2.1 accessibility standards by 23 September 2020. To make a website or mobile app accessible universities must ensure as many people as possible can use it to do what they need to do. As well as being useable for people with a range of disabilities, websites need to translating content for people that don’t speak English as their first language. Many universities across the country are attracting more and more students from around the world. This increase in popularity of international students is a key market for universities and higher education organisations. But to cater for this wide range of visitors, university websites need to highly accessible. Cranfield University has always understood the need to make its communications accessible. When the university re-launched its website, they began looking for a high-quality web accessibility solution that complies with the latest web accessibility standards. Students from over 100 countries across the world come to study at the university, so the software needed to accessible and usable by a wide range of people. Recite Me’s web accessibility and language toolbar was exactly what Cranfield University was looking for, to cater for international students and to be easily used by visitors with disabilities like dyslexia, visual impairment and learning difficulties. Recite Me provides innovative cloud-based web accessibility software works by providing a simple drop-down toolbar this allows visitors to customise a website to the way they need it to work for them. This award-winning software includes text to speech functionality, dyslexia software, an interactive dictionary, a translation tool with over 100 languages, including 35 text to speech voices and many other features. Amy Simpson, Head of Digital Communications, Cranfield University said: “We wanted to make sure the content on our website was accessible to as many people as possible. “Recite Me provides us with a translation service as well as an accessibility solution, which is very important for us because it means that our international audiences can easily access our web content. “There are so many different features on the Recite Me toolbar that it covers everything from an accessibility and language perspective.” Recite Me Founder and CEO Ross Linnett said: “This new evidence shows that the education sector needs to be more focused on creating accessible websites to benefit from the increasingly diverse global population. “Creating an accessible website that follows the principles WCAG global web accessibility guidelines is a great starting point to opening up your website to a bigger audience. “But for this wider, diverse audience to benefit from your website and its content, it needs to be usable daily not only on one computer but by everyone, everywhere.”

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Tech 4 Good Awards 2019 winners announced

18 Jul 2019 | news

Congratulations to all the winners of the AbilityNet Tech 4 Good Awards 2019, who were revealed yesterday at the annual awards ceremony in BT Centre, London. Organised by AbilityNet and sponsored by BT, these are the only awards to highlight the amazing people from charities, business and volunteers across the UK who use digital technology to make the world a better place. We are extremely proud to sponsor the awards again this year and we continue to donate our web accessibility and language software to the awards website. These awards are very close to our heart as Recite Me was created nearly ten years ago by Ross Linnett to help other people with disabilities to access websites, so tech for good is heart at of our company. Winners of this year’s awards include nine-year-old Mihika Sharma who won the BT Young Pioneer Award for her work inventing the Smart Stick. Mihika’s Smart Stick can help blind as well as deaf people to build up confidence in walking alone and alert them about obstacles. It takes them to their destination using the Bluetooth and the phone GPS system in the stick – guiding them along the path using right and left vibrators according to the navigation instructions Other notable winners include stand-up comedian Lee Ridley, better known as Lost Voice Guy. He was one of two recipients of a Tech4Good Special Award, which he received in recognition of his huge success as the first stand-up comedian in Britain to use a communication aid in his routines. The AbilityNet Tech4Good Awards 2019 winners: ACCESSIBILITY AWARD – sponsored by Microsoft Winner: Digit Music Control One, created by Digit Music, was developed in response to the need for a non-instrument alternative for severely people with disabilities to create music. The only product of its kind, it allows physically disabled people to create music without having to learn an entirely new physical skill. AGEING SOCIETY AWARD – sponsored by UnLtd Winner: Safe & Found Online Safe & Found’s aim is to give users, their families and carers the peace of mind to know that should they be reported missing, the Police will be using the best information and technology they need. BT YOUNG PIONEER AWARD Winner: Mihika Sharma – Smart Stick Mihika’s Smart Stick can help both blind as well as deaf people to build up confidence in walking alone and alert them about obstacles. It takes them to their destination using the Bluetooth and the phone GPS system – guiding them along the path using right and left vibrators according to the navigation instructions. COMMUNITY IMPACT AWARD – sponsored by Lloyds Banking Group and Good Things Foundation Winner: Beam Beam is a breakout tech for good that crowdfunds employment training for homeless people. Its innovative approach uses digital technology to remove financial barriers for the homeless community and allows them to improve their skills to get into well-paid work. CONNECTED SOCIETY AWARD – sponsored by Samsung Winner: MeeTwo MeeTwo is a free, fully moderated, peer support mental help app. MeeTwo enables young people (aged 11-23) to talk about difficult things, and to help themselves by helping each other. Based on the latest psychological research. DIGITAL VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR AWARD – sponsored by Do it Life Winner: Chris Grant Chris Grant is AbilityNet’s Area Coordinator in Scotland, or “King of Scotland” as he is affectionately known by the central team. Since starting in May 2018, he has completely transformed their free services in Scotland, generating huge growth in the number of volunteers and the hours of free tech support provided to older people and people with disabilities. INCLUSIVE DESIGN AWARD – sponsored by Scope Winner: National Theatre The National Theatre’s Smart Caption Glasses system is an automated, always-on closed captioning service which pairs speech-following technology with smart glasses allowing patrons with hearing loss to attend any performance on any day. The system “listens” to what is being said or sung on stage and text is sent to glasses via Wi-Fi. TECH4GOOD DIVERSITY AWARD – sponsored by Nesta Winner: WhiteHat WhiteHat is a tech startup on a mission to create a diverse group of future leaders by building an outstanding alternative to university through apprenticeships. WhiteHat is transforming apprenticeships by developing high quality education and training that supports the needs of both employers and young people, underpinned by a thriving on and offline community. TECH4GOOD FOR AFRICA AWARD – sponsored by Comic Relief Winner: Jangala Jangala was developed as an internet solution to help refugees living in the Jungle refugee camp in Calais. Since this first implementation, it has developed into a social enterprise to connect the most vulnerable in the world in order to reduce isolation, promote human rights, deliver education and improve life chances. TECH4GOOD AWESOME AWARD Winner: Lost Voice Guy (Lee Ridley) Lee Ridley is an English stand-up comedian, performing under the stage name of Lost Voice Guy. Disabled since early life, and unable to speak, he is the first stand-up comedian in Britain to use a communication aid in his routines. Lee won Britain’s Got Talent in 2018 and the BBC New Comedy Award in 2014. Lee’s other credits include America’s Got Talent: The Champions (NBC), Live At The Apollo (BBC Two), The Royal Variety Performance (ITV). Winner: Dr Sue Black, OBE A Technology Evangelist and Digital Skills Expert, Sue was awarded an OBE for “services to technology” in the 2016 Queen’s New Year’s Honours list. She is now a UK government advisor, thought leader, Honorary Professor of Computer Science at UCL, social entrepreneur, writer and public speaker. Her current social enterprise #techmums is changing lives. #techmums teaches mums tech skills and builds their confidence encouraging them into education, entrepreneurship and employment. TECH4GOOD PEOPLE’S AWARD – powered by Crowdfunder.co.uk Winner: MEETWO WINNER OF WINNER’S AWARD – sponsored by Information Technologists’ Company Winner: BEAM

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Recite Me: proud to support IWMW 2019

19 Jun 2019 | news

We are proud to announce that Recite Me is sponsoring and attending the 23rd annual Institutional Web Management Workshop (IWMW) at the University of Greenwich next week. IWMW 2019 supports professional development for those working in institutional web and digital teams in the UK’s higher education community. IWMW was launched in 1997 to help institutional UK higher educational institutions web managers keep up to date with developments in web technologies and learn from peers about emerging best practices for managing large scale web services. What’s covered at IWMW 2019? The event covers a wide range of relevant topics including accessibility, digital transformation, website/digital governance, digital strategy, UX, design, development, and student recruitment and retention. The theme for IWMW 2019 is “Times They Are A-Changin’”. The event will be an opportunity for those with responsibilities for managing institutional web services and related digital channels to share their experiences of how they respond to the changing times. The IWMW 2019 event programme gives full details of what’s going on, and new innovations for this year’s event include a small number of short talks on the opening day, plus a panel session on “Supporting Institutions in Changing Times”. Supporting higher education As a web accessibility software company we are keen to support the event to help higher education web and digital professionals understand more about digital accessibility. Recite Me’s web accessibility and language toolbar is already used by institutions like Cranfield University and Brunel University London, so it’s proven to improve the accessibility of higher education websites. But new research shows that the majority of UK university websites don’t meet global accessibility standards and will need development to meet new UK public sector accessibility laws. The numbers don’t lie According to the sitemorse.com 2019 Q2/UK & IE Universities & Higher Ed report, 80% of the university websites it tested reported back a score of less than five out of ten for website accessibility. The study also showed that over 40 percent of pdf’s on the university websites tested failed accessibility tests. This means the websites and their content don’t follow the principles of the WCAG 2.1 AA global web accessibility guidelines. However, to comply with The Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No.2) Accessibility Regulations 2018 every new website (published on or after the regulations came into force in September 2018) must meet WCAG 2.1 accessibility standards by 23 September 2019. Whilst existing websites must meet WCAG 2.1 accessibility standards by 23 September 2020. The way forward To make a website or mobile app accessible universities must ensure as many people as possible can use it to do what they need to do. You can start your journey to ensure your institution’s website is accessible by talking to our team at IWMW 2019. We look forward to meeting you next week! 100’s of organisations already use Recite Me to make their websites more accessible and inclusive…call 0191 4328092 to find out more or book your free demo now.

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Poughkeepsie Public Library District

16 Jun 2019 | case-study

Located in the Hudson Valley in New York State, the Library District serves both the City of Poughkeepsie and Town of Poughkeepsie that has a population of over 75,000 between two Library branch locations. In addition to book lending, the library provides programming such as early literacy programs, adult learning programs, job search assistance, computer classes, and access to online services for free movies, research of databases and more. The Library District discovered Recite Me through Dutchess County’s Think Differently website. The Library District partners with the county on its Dutchess Reads Campaign, an initiative designed to promote reading at all age levels.

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Finalists Announced for AbilityNet Tech4Good Awards 2019

14 Jun 2019 | news

Mark Walker, Head of Marketing & Communications, AbilityNet announcing the finalists The finalists for the AbilityNet Tech4Good Awards 2019 were announced this week. Now in their ninth year, the awards are organised by national digital inclusion charity AbilityNet, and entry was open to any business, charity, individual or public body in the UK. Sponsored by BT, they are the only awards to highlight the wealth of charities, businesses and volunteers across the UK that use the power of technology to improve other people’s lives. Recite Me supports the use and development of any new innovative technology to improve the lives of people and we are thrilled that Recite Me is again a sponsor of the awards this year. We also donate Recite Me’s web accessibility and language to the AbilityNet Tech4Good Awards website to help ensure the site is accessible and inclusive. The winners of the 2019 awards will be announced at a glittering ceremony hosted by BT on 17 July at BT Centre, London. As well as recognition and credibility that comes with winning one of the increasingly well-known awards, the AbilityNet Tech4Good Awards 2019 winners will also have the opportunity to access a year-long programme of support. This includes the Winners Day on 2 October, 2019, where award winners can take part in workshops on topics such as marketing, grant funding and tech training, which are great for start-ups. The event will also give the winners the opportunity to reach a wider network of tech innovators, champions of the awards, funders, corporates and other important organisations. This programme of support is designed to help each award winner grow as much as possible after they win an AbilityNet Tech4Good Award. The AbilityNet Tech4Good Awards 2019 finalists are: AbilityNet Accessibility Award – sponsored by Microsoft Digit Music Everyone Can Inca Project Neatebox Ageing Society Award – sponsored by UnLtd Made Open Good Boost Music Memory Box Safe & Found Online BT Young Pioneer Award Be Seen Trendy Door Pi Plus EduBlocks Smart Stick Connected Society Award – sponsored by Samsung Albyn Housing Century Tech London Village Network MeeTwo Community Impact Award – sponsored by Lloyds Banking Group and Good Things Foundation Beam Ecoed Life The Centre for Child Protection Human Trafficking & Modern Slavery Digital Volunteer of The Year Award – sponsored by Do it Life Caroline Keppel-Palmer Samantha Nurse Rupert Powell Chris Grant Inclusive Design Award – sponsored by Scope Blackboard Ally Eye Gaze Wheelchair/ Imperial College Home Office Caption Glasses/National Theatre Tech4Good for Africa Award – sponsored by Comic Relief Bibimoney Global Hello World Jangala Saide's African Story Book Tech4Good Diversity Award – sponsored by Nesta WeWalk Bright Little Labs Foundervine WhiteHat People’s Award – powered by Crowdfunder.co.uk All of this year’s finalists are being given the opportunity to run a Crowdfunder campaign hosted by Crowdfunder.co.uk, and will have four weeks to generate as much support as possible for their work. The one generating the most support will win this year’s People’s Award, which will be announced at the Awards Ceremony in July. Whether the finalist wins an Award or not this means they will be spreading the word about their work, generating more support from their own networks and finding new supporters to help grow their impact. Andy Wales, Chief Digital Impact and Sustainability Officer, BT, said: “The pace of tech change is fundamentally reshaping our world. “Young people not only need to be ready for that but also actively designing the tech that will shape their future. “We’re proud to be sponsoring the Tech4Good awards and inspired by how this year’s BT Young Pioneer finalists aim to improve the lives of those with disabilities to ensure nobody is left behind.” The Awards are organised by AbilityNet Head of Marketing and Communications, Mark Walker. He said: “AbilityNet's Tech4Good Awards celebrate the amazing people who use digital technology to make the world a better place for other people. “And we are once again excited to announce this excellent range of finalists for the AbilityNet Tech4Good Awards 2019. “Every finalist deserves huge credit for using their passion for digital technology to change the lives of other people for the better. “On behalf of AbilityNet, I want to thank BT for yet again kindly sponsoring this year’s awards. “These awards are only possible due to BT’s wonderful support each year."

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How Recite Me can help you comply with the new UK public sector website and app accessibility laws

14 Jun 2019 | news

One in five people in the UK have a disability. This number is rising as the UK has an ageing population and most disabilities are acquired with age. So the older we live, the more likely we are to become disabled. But evidence shows that most public sector websites don’t meet accessibility standards. This means they are inaccessible for people with disabilities. For example, a recent study found that only 60% of UK local authority websites’ home pages are accessible to people with disabilities. The Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No.2) Accessibility Regulations 2018 are set to change this. The regulations came into force for UK public sector bodies in September 2018 and set new web and mobile app accessibility standards that public sector bodies must follow. These regulations implement the EU directive on the accessibility of public sector bodies’ websites and mobile applications into UK law. This guide will give you a summary of the regulations, plus information about what you need to do to comply and how Recite Me can help you... To download our full guide please click here

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Open your university website to an international market

11 Jun 2019 | news

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 cater to this wide range of visitors, university websites need to be highly accessible. The education sector needs to be more focused on creating accessible websites to benefit from the increase in a diverse audience. To make a website or mobile app accessible universities must ensure as many people as possible can use it, to do what they need to do. As well as translating for people that don’t speak English as their first language, websites need to be useable for people with, vision impairment; hearing loss; cognitive impairments or learning difficulties; and motor difficulties like dyspraxia. Public sector websites must comply with the principles of the WCAG 2.1 AA global web accessibility guidelines in order to be considered accessible. Website existing content must to be fixed and accessible by 23 September 2020. 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. Cranfield University has always understood the need to make its communications accessible. When the university re-launched its website, they began looking for a high-quality web accessibility solution that complies with the latest web accessibility standards. Students from over 100 countries across the world come to study at the university, so the software needed to accessible and usable by a wide range of people. The Recite Me web accessibility toolbar was exactly what Cranfield University was looking for, to cater to international students and to be easily used by visitors with dyslexia, visual impairment, and learning difficulties. Creating a website to be accessible via WCAG guidelines is a great starting point for opening up your website to a bigger audience. But for this wider, diverse audience to benefit from your website and its content, it needs to be usable not only on one computer but by everyone, everywhere. To support website usability for all, Recite Me provides innovative cloud-based web accessibility software. By providing a simple drop-down toolbar this allows visitors to customise a website to the way they need it to work for them. This award-winning software includes text to speech functionality, dyslexia software, an interactive dictionary, a translation tool with over 100 languages, including 35 text to speech voices and many other features. Amy Simpson, Head of Digital Communications, Cranfield University said: “We wanted to make sure the content on our website was accessible to as many people as possible. Recite Me provides us with a translation service as well as an accessibility solution, which is very important for us because it means that our international audiences can easily access our web content. There are so many different features on the Recite Me toolbar that it covers everything from an accessibility and language perspective. The offer was very appealing, and the service was comprehensive, and the team at Recite Me are very proud and passionate about the Recite Me web accessibility software. They have been great to work with.” Recite Me Founder and CEO Ross Linnett said: "Around one in every five people in the UK has a disability and they can often face barriers like inaccessible websites that prevent them from taking an active part in life. Here at Recite Me, we make sure our software is at the forefront of web accessibility, giving everyone the opportunity to use the internet the way it is intended.” Start your journey to becoming an accessible university by meeting the team at this year IWMW 2019 event or Call us now on 0191 432 80 92 to find out more about Recite Me or book your free demo now.

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Supporting the use and development of new technology to improve lives

10 Jun 2019 | news

The Tech4Good Awards 2019 is ready to announce its finalists at the BT Tower on June 11th. Recite Me will join companies from across the UK to network and recognise the innovate steps forward organisations and individuals are taking to create and use technology to improve the lives of others. Recite Me are proud to sponsor this year’s event organised by AbilityNet and BT. Now in its ninth year, the awards are split over nine categories include those for young pioneers, an ageing society, inclusive design, and diversity. Past winners include the world’s smallest farming robot, a device that saves water and a robot that goes to school for children with disabilities or long-term health conditions. Recite Me supports the use and development of any new innovative technology to improve the lives of people. As the leader in cloud-based web accessibility software, Recite Me works with global companies to make their websites accessible, by providing a simple drop-down toolbar which allows visitors to customise a website to the way they need it to work for them. Easy to use, this award-winning software includes text to speech functionality, dyslexia software, an interactive dictionary, a translation tool with over 100 languages and many other features. Andy Wales, Chief Digital Impact and Sustainability Officer, BT, said: "BT is keen to find and support disruptive new technologies that improve people’s everyday lives. A new world is being shaped and created by the rapid acceleration of technologies, and we need a culture in the UK that celebrates tech for good entrepreneurs, who are at the forefront of making sure no one is left behind. And it’s even more exciting when these new ideas come from young people.” Recite Me Founder and CEO Ross Linnett said: "Around one in every five people in the UK has a disability and they can often face barriers like inaccessible websites that prevent them from taking an active part in life. Here at Recite Me, we make sure our software is at the forefront of web accessibility, giving everyone the opportunity to use the internet the way it is intended.” Tech4Good Award Categories Accessibility Award – sponsored by Microsoft Ageing Society Award – sponsored by UnLtd BT Young Pioneer Award Connected Society Award – sponsored by Samsung Community Impact Award – sponsored by Lloyds Banking Group and Good Things Foundation Digital Volunteer of the Year Award – sponsored by Do-it Life Inclusive Design Award – sponsored by Scope Tech4Good for Africa Award – sponsored by Comic Relief Tech4Good Diversity Award – sponsored by Nesta The winners will be announced at the finals ceremony hosted by BT on 17 July at BT Centre. To find out more about Recite Me’s cloud-based web accessibility software contact the team via email, info@reciteme.com or call 0191 432 8092.

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Lindsays Law Firm

26 May 2019 | case-study

Lindsays is a full service law firm based in Scotland. With offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dundee, Lindsays provides support to clients through a full range of legal services that includes business legal needs, family law, estate planning, as well as commercial disputes, corporate deals and employment information and advice. With such a comprehensive range of services, it is inevitable that Lindsays will have potential clients who may have a disability or hearing or sight impairment. Additionally, since the majority of us now conduct our day-to-day tasks online, and with an aging population continuing to grow, it is now absolutely crucial for businesses to offer accessible content for everyone.

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