Increasing Accessibility of the Foothills Academy website
We are happy to announce that Foothills Academy has added a new web accessibility and language toolbar to our website. Having accessibility tools right on the website will make it accessible and inclusive for as many people as possible.
We reviewed a few different tools but eventually felt that the tool from a company called ReciteMe offered the most functionality and reliability.
Recite Me believes in accessibility for all, allowing everyone the opportunity to use the internet in the way that it is intended. This dream started In the late 90’s when Recite Me CEO, Ross Linnett was diagnosed with dyslexia at university.
Ross was provided with personal assistive technology, but this was limiting as it was based on just one computer. Hence the idea was born for Recite Me.
Recite Me is innovative cloud-based software that lets visitors to our website view and use it in the way that works best for them. Besides allowing our target audience of individuals with Learning Disabilities/Dyslexia to be able to customize the appearance of text or have it read the website to them, it will help people with other disabilities who may struggle with accessing a website without assistance.
The Accessibility toolbar also meets the needs of people who don’t speak English as their first language, by being able to translate our web content into over 100 different languages.
How Do You Access the Recite Me Toolbar?
You can open the Recite Me language and accessibility toolbar by clicking on the Accessibility button. You will find the toolbar in the top right-hand corner of each page.
After you click on the Accessibility Button, the Recite Me toolbar opens and displays a range of different options for customizing how the website looks and how you can access the content. The tool will remember your preferences so that they will appear each time you visit the website. A User Guide is always available by clicking on the far right red button with the "i" symbol on it.
How does Recite Me help people access our website?
Recite Me helps people to access our website to do the things they need to do. The Recite Me toolbar has a unique range of functions. You can use it to:
- Have the text on our website read aloud (including PDFs)
- Download the text as an MP3 file to play it where and when it suits you
- Change font sizes and colours
- Customize background colour
- Translate text into more than 100 different languages
- Access a fully integrated dictionary and thesaurus
You can find out more about how Recite Me works from the Recite Me user guide.
Please be aware, if there is a link on our website that takes people to a third-party website, the toolbar cannot follow you to those pages. This means that if the page does not have "foothillsacademy.org" in the URL, the ReciteMe tool won't work.