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DisabledGo the UK’s leading provider of venue and visitor attraction access information for well over 120,000 places has added cutting-edge accessibility software to it’s website. Around 11 million people in the UK, or 1 in 5 of the population, have a disability and would benefit from greater customisation of website content whether its changing the font size, colour contrast or having the content read aloud. Successfully running on DisabledGo.com, Recite Me’s accessibility software allows website visitors to access the website in the way that best works for them. The technology is Cloud-based so it works on any platform and works especially well on mobile devices. Barry Stevenson, DisabledGo’s chairman said: "DisabledGo enables disabled people to plan where they want to go and what they want to do. By adding Recite Me’s accessibility technology to our website, we’re making sure that the access information we provide online is user-friendly and customisable." "An additional bonus is the language option, we can offer overseas visitors and people here in the UK with English as a second language our information in the language of their choice, all at the click of a button." Ross Linnett, CEO & founder of Recite Me said: "According to Google, 65% of smartphone users are accessing the Internet everyday and 62% of the population actually owns a smartphone." "People are researching products, looking up travel and leisure information and making bookings and purchases on their mobile devices." "Smart organisations are optimising their websites for accessibility and accessibility for mobile users must not be overlooked." "DisabledGo are leaders in providing independence and choice to disabled people and the Recite Me functionality truly makes their access guides accessible to all."
We’re all enjoying the World Cup and to mark England’s next game today the Recite Me team has taken a fresh look at Group D and we’ve put together another fact-packed infographic. We do love statistics! Did you know that England’s opponents Uruguay hosted the first ever World Cup in 1930 and won? You might have done, but we don’t think you know how many people are disabled in the Group D countries or how many use the Internet and have a smartphone. It’s all there and more…check it out and please share #UniversallyAccessible #EnglandvsUruguay – enjoy the match! Check out the full Inforgraphic here
To celebrate the start of the 2014 FIFA World Cup we have published an infographic on the host nation Brazil, highlighting the need for web accessibility. Showcasing some lesser-known statistics about Brazil, such as the percentage of the population with a disability or how many Brazilians are using the Internet on smartphones, our infographic provides a fresh perspective. Our CEO Ross Linnett said: “We’re all football fans in the Recite Me office and we wanted to do something a bit different to mark the start of the World Cup. “This year’s tournament will be watched by a global audience of hundreds of millions of people. More and more of us will be watching the matches or reading match reports on smartphones or tablets. "Football is played by 250 million players in over 200 countries, making it the world's most popular sport. We need to make sure that it’s universally accessible to everyone – from the grass-roots level right up to the World Cup.” Check out the full infographic here
Along with 350 fellow digital entrepreneurs our CEO & Founder Ross Linnett attended a highly prestigious networking event at Buckingham Palace this week. ‘Tech at the Palace’ was a reception for leading UK technology start-ups and was hosted by HRH Queen Elizabeth II and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh. In a break with Buckingham Palace protocol guests were given special ‘royal approval’ to keep their smartphones on so they could talk about the event on social media. As well as enjoying the hospitality and splendour of the official royal residence, Ross actually got to shake hands with the Queen herself!
The UK’s leading mobile web accessibility company Recite Me has created an infographic about mobile web usage and user’s different access requirements or preferences for Global Accessibility Awareness Day, today. Growing numbers of people in the UK own a smartphone or tablet and according to Google's Our Mobile Planet report, 65% of smartphone users are accessing the Internet everyday and 62% of the population actually owns a smartphone. "People are researching products, looking up travel information and making purchases on their mobile devices. "Smart businesses are optimising their websites for mobile platforms, but accessibility for mobile users must not be overlooked," says Ross Linnett, Recite Me’s CEO & founder. Around 11 million people in the UK, or 1 in 5 of the population, have a disability and would benefit from greater customisation of content whether its changing the font size or having the content read aloud. Check out the full infographic here http://www.journalism.co.uk/press-releases/mobile-websites-must-consider-accessibility-for-users/s66/a556745/
Leading northeast web accessibility firm Recite Me has been included in the prestigious Red Herring Top 100 Europe ranking for 2014. Award winners are Europe’s leading private-sector companies; the list celebrates innovative start-ups with potential to succeed. Red Herring’s Top 100 Europe list has become a mark of distinction for identifying promising new companies and entrepreneurs. Red Herring’s editors were among the first to recognize that companies such as Facebook, Twitter, Google, Yahoo, Skype, Salesforce.com, YouTube, and eBay would change the way we live and work. “Selecting start-ups that show the most potential for disruption and growth is never easy,” said Alex Vieux, publisher and CEO of Red Herring. “We looked at hundreds and hundreds of candidates from all across the continent, and after much thought and debate, narrowed the list down to the Top 100 Winners. Each year, the competition gets tougher but we believe Recite Me demonstrates the vision, drive and innovation that define a Red Herring winner.” Ross Linnett, CEO & founder of Recite Me said: “We’re honoured to have been chosen as a 2014 Red Herring Top 100 Europe company and to have joined the ranks of some of the world’s leading software and social media firms.” Red Herring’s editorial staff evaluated the companies on both quantitative and qualitative criteria, such as financial performance, technological innovation, management quality, overall business strategy and market penetration. This assessment was complemented by a review of the track records and standings of similar startups in the same verticals, allowing Red Herring to see past the “buzz” and make the list a valuable instrument of discovery and advocacy for the most promising new business models in Europe.
Leading web accessibility provider Recite Me announced today it has been selected as a Finalist for Red Herring's Top 100 Europe award, a prestigious list honouring the year’s most promising private technology ventures from the European business region. The Red Herring editorial team selected the most innovative companies from a pool of hundreds from across Europe. The nominees are evaluated on 20 main quantitative and qualitative criterion: they include market footprint, proof of concept, financial performance, technology innovation, social value, quality of management, execution of strategy, and integration into their respective industries. This unique assessment of potential is complemented by a review of the actual track record and standing of a company, which allows Red Herring to see past the “buzz” and make the list a valuable instrument for discovering and advocating the greatest business opportunities in the industry. "This year was rewarding, beyond all expectations" said Alex Vieux, publisher and CEO of Red Herring. "The global economic situation has abated and there are many great companies producing really innovative and amazing products. We had a very difficult time narrowing the pool and selecting the finalists. Recite Me shows great promise and therefore deserves to be among the Finalists. Now we’re faced with the difficult task of selecting the Top 100 winners of Red Herring Europe. We know that the 2014 crop will grow into some amazing companies that are sure to make an impact." Ross Linnett, CEO & founder of Recite Me said: “I am delighted that Recite Me has been shortlisted for Red Herring’s Top 100 Europe Award. Companies are using our software to make their websites more accessible to disabled and international visitors. Our toolbar allows web visitors to customise content according to user-preferences like colour contrast, text to speech or changing the language to one of 52 choices. “There are over 80 million disabled citizens in the EU and website owners with our software have recognised that by making their website more accessible they are opening up their business to a potentially much larger audience. EU countries are important trading partners for UK businesses; I am particularly proud that Recite Me has been recognised as a finalist for this prestigious award.” Finalists for the 2014 edition of the Red Herring 100 Europe award are selected based upon their technological innovation, management strength, market size, investor record, customer acquisition, and financial health. During the months leading up to the announcement, hundreds of companies in the telecommunications, security, Web 2.0, software, hardware, biotech, mobile and other industries completed their submissions to qualify for the award. The Finalists are invited to present their winning strategies at the Red Herring Europe Forum in Amsterdam, April 7-9, 2014. The Top 100 winners will be announced at a special awards ceremony the evening of April 9 at the event. http://www.journalism.co.uk/press-releases/recite-me-is-a-finalist-for-the-2014-red-herring-top-100-europe-award/s66/a556348/
Leading accessibility software company Recite Me is showcasing its new inclusive learning software product ‘Include Me’ at the Education Show in Birmingham, 20 – 22 March 2014. Include Me is an exciting new software solution that helps create an inclusive learning environment. Providing a range of features that support learners with dyslexia, visual impairments and other communications needs, Include Me works in the classroom, library or at home. The software makes digital content like websites, desktop applications and documents accessible to all learners at every stage of their education. Using up-to-the minute technology Include Me provides innovative solutions such as colour overlays for learners with dyslexia, and the phonetic speller is a great tool for children or young adults with language or reading difficulties. Did you know? 1 in 5 pupils has a special educational need (SEN). 30.6% of state-funded primary school children at School Action Plus have speech, language & communications needs. 26.9 % of pupils with SEN are in state-funded secondary schools. 10-15% of all people have dyslexia. Over 1 million 5-18 year olds have English as a second language. Ross Linnett, founder and CEO of Recite Me will be joined by Laura Cook, Managing Director of the Learning Support Centre for a seminar at the Education Show on ‘inclusive learning in the classroom, library or at home’ on Thursday 20 March, 11.00 – 11.45 am in the Technology in Education theatre. Include Me will be demonstrated during the seminar. Ross Linnett, CEO of Recite Me said: "My dyslexia wasn’t diagnosed until after I had completed my university education. Include Me is a software solution that makes today’s classrooms more inclusive from day one. "With all the advances in Cloud-computing no learner needs to be left behind, technology has the power to transform our education system. "Include Me makes digital content accessible to everyone from those 15% of the population with dyslexia to people with English as a second language." Laura Cook, Managing Director of the Learning Support Centre said: "Many learners would not be disabled if resources were more accessible. For some dyslexic learners having text on a yellow background with green text will mean the difference in being able to read what is in front of them or not. "One of my colleagues recently changed the background colour on a mature student’s computer, the student burst into tears because she was able to read the written text without it moving for the first time."
Dublin City University is the latest higher education institution to start working with Recite Me to improve accessibility on their website for students, prospective students and staff. We're delighted about this new working relationship as we passionately believe that all students should have access to the information they need for their education. Thanks to advances in technology there is no real reason that someone's disability or learning difficulty would stop them from using the internet. Our accessibility software allows web visitors to customise the web page how they need to - this could be changing the colour contrast settings or simply changing the font or increasing its size. Dublin City University said: "As a leading centre of excellence in higher education Dublin City University is committed to providing equality of access to learners with disabilities or learning difficulties and for our students with English as an additional language. All of Dublin City University students and prospective students now benefit from Recite Me's web accessibility software which is available with one click of the accessibility button on our homepage. We are proud that all Dublin City University website visitors can choose their own access settings, whether its their preferred language or a different colour contrast or font size or having the text read out loud. Increasingly our students and prospective students are visiting our website from their smartphones and tablet devices as well on their laptops or PCs, we chose Recite Me because it works seamlessly across all devices."
Leading accessibility software firm Recite Me today announced the launch of a new, innovative product for the education sector, which enables greater inclusion for learners with special educational needs (SEN) or language and communication needs. Include Me is being launched at the BETT Show on learning technology, 22 - 25 January 2014, at Stand B25, Excel, London. Include Me (beta version) is the newest accessibility software product in the learning technology market and has been specifically developed to support learners in primary, secondary and higher education. Providing a range of features that support learners with dyslexia, visual impairments and other communications needs, Include Me works in the classroom, library or at home. The innovative Cloud based technology makes Include Me easy to use and minimal training is required for support staff or students. Ross Linnett, CEO of Recite Me said: “We decided to develop an accessibility product to help children and young adults learn because schools, colleges and universities were asking us for a solution tailored to their needs. “There are around 1.6 million children and young adults with special educational needs in the schools system and over 1 million who have English as an additional language (EAL). “Include Me makes digital content like websites, desktop applications and documents accessible to all learners at every stage of their education. Using up-to-the minute technology we provide innovative solutions such as colour overlays for learners with dyslexia, and our phonetic speller is a great tool for children or young adults with language or reading difficulties. “Our technology is Cloud based and easy to use for all age groups. Include Me is the ideal solution for any educational setting needing to improve its SEN and EAL inclusion ratings.”
Web accessibility software makes your website more inclusive and can help you to grow your organisation’s reach; it also helps you to comply with anti-discrimination legislation in the UK, EU and worldwide. Research shows that there are millions of people in the world who cannot easily access digital content because of a health condition, impairment or disability. Globally there are an estimated 285 million people with a visual impairment of some kind and around 10-15% of the world’s population has dyslexia. In the UK alone there are 1.5 million people with a learning disability and 4.2 million people who have English as a second language. If your website is accessible, more visitors will be able to access your digital content at work, at home or on a mobile device. Inclusive Employers & Recite Me invite you to an informative and practical lunch & learn session to find out why web accessibility is important part of being a more inclusive employer. If you know that you need to do something different, this is the event for you... To book a place email email@example.com or call us on 020 7803 0689. Cost: Free
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Leading web accessibility firm Recite Me Ltd has returned to China, this time as part of the Prime Minister’s high profile trade mission. The visit comes less than 2 months after the Chancellor’s visit in October, which Ross Linnett, CEO & Founder of Recite Me took part in. Over 100 British businesses and organisations are accompanying the Prime Minister on the 3-day visit to China. Recite Me is one of a small selection of dynamic and forward-thinking SMEs taking part in the trade mission. SMEs are vital to the global economy and the Prime Minister’s trade mission is an opportunity for British and Chinese SMEs to forge new alliances and grow their supply chains. Ross Linnett, CEO & Founder of Recite Me said: “I am hoping to capitalise on this second trade visit to China and continue to build a presence for Recite Me in this important emerging technology market. I am delighted to have been asked by UKTI to be part of a high-profile British trade mission again. “Following on from our first China visit with Chancellor George Osborne in October, I am aiming to strengthen some of the relationships I forged and to secure the strategic partners we need to facilitate a stable market entry. “Its too early to say whether I’ll be signing any commercial deals, but I do know from my last trip that Chinese business recognises the importance of website accessibility to attracting new customers. “There is a symmetry to the web accessibility solution Recite offers businesses and the importance of overseas trade mission, both enable you to enter new markets by growing your customer base.“
I recently had the honour of being the only North East entrepreneur to be invited on a trade visit to China with the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne. The opportunity came totally out of the blue, but clearly we are doing something right, and this was an invite I had to accept. Having spent a week in the world’s largest nation, I can now truly appreciate the opportunities on offer for North East businesses. Our schedule was relentless, taking in Beijing, Shenzhen and Hong Kong, and we were given the opportunity to meet business leaders from some of China’s largest internet and technology companies, including Baidu, Alibaba, 10 Cent and Huawei. You may not have heard of them, but more than 90% of Chinese internet users search on Baidu each month, and if you own a 3G dongle the chances are it was made by Huawei, who are also challenging Cisco’s dominance of the global networking market. What really struck me is how much the reality of doing business in China differs from the popular impression. For example, many people think that the Chinese are happy to export but mistrustful of any companies want to import products or services. I don’t know if it’s because our web accessibility platform offers a service that can be used in any language, but we found the people we met with to be very open to new ideas and keen to potentially work with us. You may also have heard of the Great Firewall of China, which limits internet connectivity between the country and the rest of the world. For Cloud-based platforms, such as Recite, this can be a challenge, but within China the web is relatively open. It’s also possible to host services in Hong Kong, which is within the Great Firewall but also open to the global web. In fact, with its western-style financial system, Hong Kong provides an ideal gateway to for UK firms wanting to do business in China. Doing business with China does have its challenges, both cultural and political, but it would be foolish to dismiss the opportunities that exist in the country. The fact is that Chinese businesses want to be the biggest and best in the world, and they’re not afraid to bring in products and services from abroad to help them to achieve that goal. We are already recruiting to prepare for our expansion into China and it is also worth noting that UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) can offer all the help and support you need, including assistance from the British Embassy, to help you make the right connections. Published in The Journal 13/11/2013
Web accessibility pioneer Ross Linnett, CEO & Founder of Recite Me Ltd a leading web accessibility company is taking part in the official British trade mission to China led by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne. Only 20 technology companies were chosen to take part in the high profile trade mission, from a list of over a 100 leading British technology firms. Recite Me is the only web accessibility software company on the trade mission. Ross Linnett said: “I am delighted to be taking Recite Me’s web accessibility solutions to China and representing British industry. I believe the internet should be accessible to everyone and we offer a Cloud based solution that works on any device, anywhere in the world; an ideal solution for economies with developing infrastructure and a heavy reliance on mobile technology. The fact that Recite Me were chosen as part of the delegation shows that the British and Chinese government's are starting to take web accessibility seriously. “The statistics speak for themselves: there are around 285 million people with a visual impairment in the world, 10-15% of the world’s population has dyslexia and 774 million people in the world cannot read or write. Recite Me provides the software to make any website more accessible to millions of people, by reading out the content, changing the colour contrast settings or translating into one of 52 languages, including Chinese. “I founded Recite Me because traditional assistive technology wasn’t working for me. I have dyslexia and need to change the settings on my devices so I can read the content more easily, or better still, have it read out to me. I was frustrated because the solution offered to me only worked on one computer. Like everyone else, I wanted to access content on the internet on my tablet, my smartphone or my desktop. Recite Me is part of the UK Trade & Investment delegation of leading British technology companies which includes: Busuu, Cambridge Communication Systems, Darktrace, Epic Learning Group, Fat Pebble, Genalys, Immerse Learning, Inspired Gaming Group, Invoke Capital, Kinosis, Level39, Licentia Group, Memrise, Monitise, myPinPad, Omnisoft Services, Sayduck, SwiftKey & The Livingstone Foundation.