The American Baseball Coaches Association now provides an inclusive online experience to enable coaches worldwide to access information and services barrier-free.
As part of a diversity and inclusion strategy, ABCA website visitors are now able to access a wide range of accessibility and language support tools to customise their digital experience in a way that works best for them.
ABCA is the primary professional organisation for baseball coaches at an amateur level, with nearly 13,000 members in all 50 states and 33 countries.
To provide enhanced support to its members ABCA is supporting over 20% of the population who may encounter barriers online due to having a disability, learning difficulty, visual impairment or if they speak English as a second language.
The Recite Me assistive toolbar on the ABCA’s 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 texts to speech and styling options.
Jon Litchfield, Deputy Executive Director at ABCA, commented, “The ABCA’s goal is to involve as many baseball coaches from as many backgrounds and communities as possible. After seeing the functionality of the Recite Me assistive toolbar, as well as how simple it was to implement on our website, it was a no-brainer to offer these features to our members.
“Having more than 13,000 member coaches and understanding that more than 20% of the general population may benefit from this technology, we are extremely happy to make our website experience better for those who will use the accessibility features.”
The internet can be an incredibly intimidating place for those with access barriers, and those lacking the tools they need to adequately understand or communicate are at a significant disadvantage.
To explore accessibility and language support tools visit ABCA’s website and click the ‘Accessibility’ link at the top of the website.