The state of Tennessee is home to 6.7 million residents and around 30% face barriers to accessing information online due to website inaccessibility and language barriers.
Over a million Tennessee residents have a reported disability, which can impact their lives in varied ways, from limited sight, hearing, and mobility, to reading comprehension and more. Additionally, more than 5% of residents speak a language other than English as their primary language.
Disability Rights Tennessee (DRT) is on a mission to protect the rights of people with disabilities and support them at no cost. At DRT, they believe that access to online information is a right and they are deeply committed to providing accessible resources. on the DRT website, there is a wealth of information online to help people find, understand, and access the services they need, but without accessible tools, those resources may go unused.
To fulfill this commitment and provide the most accessible support they now enable all website visitors to read and understand content barrier-free through Recite Me assistive technology.
This accessibility and language support toolbar offers a unique set of features to make their website accessible to both people with disabilities and non-English speaking users. Visitors can fully customize the DRT website to suit their individual needs to create a truly customized experience.
Toolbar options include; text-to-speech functionality, fully customizable styling options, reading aids, and a translation tool with over 100 languages, including 65 text-to-speech voices and many other features.
Kelsey Loschke, Director of Community Relations, at Disability Rights Tennessee, commented:
“Disability Rights Tennessee is thrilled to offer the Recite Me toolbar to its web users. People do not always have the assistive technology they need to navigate online. This robust and fully customizable toolbar will allow all users to access our web content and services. Offering tools like Recite Me makes business sense for everyone that has a presence on the web. “