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Wednesday, 2 December 2020

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Meningitis Now provide accessibility & language support online

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RECOGNISING that meningitis doesn’t discriminate and that there are real inequalities in access to vaccines and disease information in the UK, made the decision to deploy Recite a ’no-brainer’.

Meningitis Now strives to support people who have experienced or are concerned about meningitis, both in person and through our digital resources. Recite Me simply opens up the opportunity for services, information and help to be accessed by a much broader range of people including those where English isn’t their first language and where conditions such as dyslexia and visual impairment exist.

In the UK one in five people have some form of disability and accessibility online is becoming increasingly important, a fact highlighted during the coronavirus pandemic.

The outcomes of meningitis are not always visible and many that contract the disease could experience a range of life-changing after-effects including, learning changes, hearing loss, and sight problems. All of which can impact a person’s ability to access, experience and benefit from the wide range of information, support and help that resides on the charity’s website.

The Recite Me accessibility toolbar provides visitors to the Meningitis Now website with a unique range of features to support their visit. To create the perfect experience everyone will be able to customise their website with the support of, text to speech functionalities with 35 different voice types, reading aids including ruler and screen mask, translation tools with over 100 languages, and customisable styling options, such as text size, font and background colours.

David Clifford, Digital Marketing Manager at Meningitis Now commented:

“We are deeply aware of the inequalities that exist in our healthcare system in the UK and the fact that lifesaving vaccine uptake is lower in communities where language, economic and cultural differences exist.

“We believe everyone should be able to access our information and services barrier-free and Recite Me simply helps us deliver this in a way that is straight forward for the user and, for a charity that doesn’t receive government funding, in a cost-effective manner.”

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