Meningitis Now staff member Andy Hopkinson

Better accessibility for the Meningitis Now website

Andy Hopkinson | 23rd February 2020

We’re delighted to announce a major development in the way we present information on our website

Reciteme Meningitis Now website accessibility software

Thanks to a generous grant from Postcode Community Trust, who distribute money raised by the players of People’s Postcode Lottery, we’ve been able to add accessibility software to the site.

Reading content online can be a challenge for some people. Using the tools provided through the Recite Me software that we’ve installed means it no longer needs to be. 

This clever bit of kit doesn’t change the vital and lifesaving information that’s already there – it just means you can choose to personalise how it’s presented to you to suit your own requirements and customise it in a way that works best for you.

Larger fonts and different colours

So, for example, if you wanted to turn this blog into Welsh or read it in a larger font size, a different typeface and a different colour, with more space between and around text, you now can – all in real time (yes, we think it’s magic too). And if you wanted any website text read out loud by your computer then it can do that too.

The assistive toolbar quickly and easily translates our content into over 100 languages, including 35 text to speech voices.

Just click on the Accessibility tools icon that you can find at the top of our homepage - it’s next to the Helpline number - and on all the other pages. Go on and have a play - you can’t do any damage to the content – and see if it improves access for you or someone you know.

Support from Postcode Community Trust 

David Clifford, our Digital Marketing Manager, said, “We’re delighted to have this valuable software up and running on our site and really appreciate the generous support from Postcode Community Trust to enable this to happen. 

“It will make a big difference to many of the visitors to the site who perhaps have visual disabilities or for whom English is not their first language.

“About one billion people globally have a disability and they can often face barriers when visiting inaccessible websites that prevent them from taking an active part in life. We’re using the tried and tested Recite Me assistive technology, which makes our website not only accessible but usable by all.”

No one should face meningitis alone

The grant from People’s Postcode Lottery includes enabling us to create three new films about our support services, told by people who have benefited from our support. The project title is ‘No one should face meningitis alone’. 

Keep an eye on our (new, accessible to all) website to read more about these as plans develop. And, if you want to let us know about how the new accessibility is working for you, or have a comment we’d love to hear from you. 

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