Why National Dyslexia Awareness Week Matters to Your Organisation

This week is national Dyslexia Awareness Week.

Each day there are daily themes intended to get people thinking about different aspects of dyslexia.

The theme for Thursday (5/10/17) is reasonable adjustments for dyslexic individuals in all sectors of society.

So we want to share some information with you about how your organisation can make reasonable adjustments to make your communications accessible for people who have dyslexia.

Dyslexia: the facts

First, it’s worth noting there are probably more people who have dyslexia than you may think.

Around 10 to 15 per cent of people in the world have dyslexia or another learning difficulty.

In the UK that figures stands at around 15 per cent.

This means that one in every 6.7 people in this country has dyslexia or another learning difficulty.

But a large percentage of people in the UK don’t understand what dyslexia is and how to support people who have dyslexia.

Dyslexia is identified as a disability as defined in the Equality Act 2010.

The Act requires all organisations to make reasonable adjustments to the way they provide goods, services and communications for disabled customers.

This is to ensure organisations change the way they do things to meet the needs of disabled people.

You can use technology to make your communications accessible

Reasonable adjustments include making sure your communications are accessible for disabled customers.

And you can use assistive technology such as accessibility software to meet the needs of your customers who have a disability like dyslexia.

Recite Me is cloud-based accessibility toolbar that will let your disabled customers access your organisation’s information on your website.

For example, if you use paper forms or marketing materials they can be difficult for people with dyslexia to read.

But Recite Me has a great range of features that help customers who have dyslexia and it will let them access digital versions of any document on your website.

Recite Me makes it easy for dyslexic people to access content in a variety of ways

People with dyslexia can read content quicker and easier if they are given the functionality to allow them to change the size and colour of the text and background.

Recite Me lets users choose the exact colour contrast between the text and background by letting them pick the combination of font colour and background colour that works best for them.

Recite Me also lets users change the font type and size, zoom in on any part of a webpage, plus it has a spell-checker and a fully integrated dictionary and thesaurus.

And Recite Me can give your customers the option to have text from your website read-aloud to them and they can also download and save any written web content as an MP3 file.

This means they can listen to it on any PC or mobile device, where and when they want to.

If you want to ensure you’re making reasonable adjustments to make your communications accessible to people with dyslexia and other disabilities book a free trial for your organisation now. You can also try our accessibility fixer for free.

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