AUS / The ANUSA Improve Accessibility for Over 10,000 Students

The Australian National University Students’ Association now provides online accessibility and language tools to support students who face barriers when reading online information.

The ANUSA is made up of 39 elected student representatives and a team of professional staff members that are responsible for advocating and furthering the interests of all students and members of the university.

Almost 20% (3.96 million) of Australians have a disability and without additional online support, those who face barriers cannot access crucial information and services.

To continue to promote the welfare, advocacy, and social life of students, the ANUSA has implemented Recite Me assistive technology to enable those with disabilities, learning difficulties, visual impairments, and those who speak English as a second language to take part in our digital world, an integral part of today’s society.

The toolbar on the ANUSA website includes screen reading functionality, multiple reading aids, customisable styling options, and an on-demand live translation feature that boasts over 100 languages including 35 text-to-speech and styling options.

Kate Melhuish, Communications Officer at ANU Students’ Association, commented,

“Our journey with Recite Me began with the 2020 ANU Disabilities Officer who was interested in making the ANUSA website as accessible as possible.

As there are well over 10,000 undergraduate students at ANU, we love that the Recite Me toolbar has so many different functionalities to help make the website accessible and easy to use so that we can reach as many students as possible. In addition, the ability for students to translate pages of the website into different languages is a great plus.”

To access the assistive toolbar on the ANUSA website select ‘Accessibility’ in the top right corner. For more information on how you can provide an inclusive online experience go to the Recite Me website or book a demo with a member of our team.

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