As part of our commitment to diversity and inclusion, Children North East website visitors have access to a wide range of accessibility and language support tools to customise their digital experience.
The Recite Me assistive technology is available to those accessing our website through a desktop by selecting the TT button in the top right hand side of the screen (see image).
We pride ourselves on being an organisation that prioritises the accessibility of our support and services to as many people as possible and the Recite Me tool means that individual users can customise their web page in a way that works best for them.
The tool is designed to provide visual and audio solutions for individuals who experience:
- Visual impairment
- Language/linguistic problems (including non-English language speakers)
- Learning difficulties
- Attention disorders
- Mobility and physical impairments
The solutions it offers includes:
- Screen reading functionality
- Multiple reading aids
- An on-demand live translation feature that boasts over 100 languages
- Texts to speech options
- Styling options, including font size, type, and colour
Why have we invested in assistive technology?
The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that only 1 in 10 people have access to the assistive technology they need, so it was important for us to provide easy access to our website information and services.
Being able to offer an inclusive experience is essential to support over 20% of the population who may encounter barriers when exploring our website.
WHO commented in 2021, “Assistive technology enables people to live healthy, productive independent, and dignified lives, and to participate in education, the labour market and civic life. Without assistive technology, people are often excluded isolated, and locked into poverty, thereby increasing the impact of disability on a person, their family, and society.”
If you want to speak to the team about the Recite Me tool or accessibility of our communications more generally, please contact email@example.com.