Making rights real: new digital accessibility resource launches
20 November 2019
We’ve launched a new resource allowing visitors to our website to customise content so that they can access it in ways that work best for them.
The move reflects our ongoing commitment to accessible communications and is part of our activity marking World Children’s Day and the 30th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).
Recite Me is an easy-to-use web accessibility tool, which includes:
- text to speech functionality
- dyslexia software
- an interactive dictionary, and
- a translation tool with more than 100 languages.
It allows website users to interact with web content in the easiest and most useful ways for them.
To activate Recite Me, visitors to our website can simply go to the top menu bar on the home page and click ‘Accessibility help’.
Approximately one billion people globally have a disability and can face barriers when visiting inaccessible websites that prevent them from taking an active part in life.
In the UK, website accessibility is covered by the Equality Act 2010, which has provision for the right for disabled people to have access to everyday goods and services, which includes websites.
Article 2 of the UNCRC refers to non-discrimination, meaning rights apply to every child whatever their race, colour, gender, language, religion, ethnicity, disability or any other status.
Welcoming the launch of Recite Me, Children in Scotland’s Joint Acting Chief Executive Simon Massey said:
“We take our commitment to inclusion seriously, and that means making a real effort to engage and involve as many people in our network as possible.
“Adding Recite to our website is another step in making our communications as accessible as they should be, and removing barriers for disabled people to take part in what we do.
“We’re pleased to be introducing this resource on World Children’s Day and the UNCRC 30th anniversary, mindful of Article 2 of the UNCRC which reminds us that children and young people – including disabled children and young people – shouldn't be discriminated against.
“As the representative body for the children’s sector we’re interested to hear what our members and website users think of Recite and what further improvements to support accessible communications we should make in future. Please let us know!”