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Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2022: Thrive Provides an Inclusive Experience Online

At Thrive, we are proud to celebrate the 11th Global Accessibility Awareness Day by joining together with Recite Me to raise awareness on the importance of digital inclusion.

Over one billion people worldwide have a disability. Of this number, it's estimated that 1 in 5 people do not have access to the assistive technology they need.

We believe that designing websites and services that can be used by everyone should be standard practice. That is why we are delighted to announce that we have added the Recite Me translation and accessibility toolbar to our website to make our content accessible and inclusive for as many people as possible.

Website visitors are now able to access a wide range of accessibility and language support tools to customise their digital experience through Recite Me assistive technology. The toolbar also allows us to meet the needs of our global Thrive community with the translation function which means users can translate all of our content to over 100 languages.

Key features include:

  • Screen reader reads all website content aloud in a natural voice, with over 35 different language options, voice speed controls and word by word highlighting. You can also highlight any text and download it as an MP3 file to listen to content offline at any time.

  • Styling options mean users can customise the website to suit their needs. This includes text size, colour, and font, and background colour.

  • Reading support includes four main tools: plain text function; a reading ruler to read line by line; a reading mask to create a letterbox shape that masks 90% of the website for focused reading; and a magnifying glass to zoom into sections of text.

  • Dictionary and thesaurus function

  • Language translation to quickly translate all web content, on demand, into over 100 languages, including 35 text to speech voices.

Being able to offer an inclusive experience is essential to support those who may encounter barriers when exploring our website due to having a disability, learning difficulty, visual impairment, or due to language barriers. The internet can be an incredibly intimidating place for those with access barriers, and those lacking the tools they need to adequately understand or communicate are at a significant disadvantage. We're proud to bring our platform to people from different backgrounds and abilities across the world.

Ross Linnett, Recite Me's Founder and CEO commented, "It is important to provide an inclusive online experience, where everybody can use our digital world in a way in which best suits their needs. As more organisations provide accessibility tools online, those who face online barriers can access information and services hassle-free. The digital world must be accessible for all"

Together we can build an inclusive world, and this can start today. On Global Accessibility Awareness Day, let's understand the barriers presented online and how we can adapt and overcome them.

To explore our accessibility support tool, click the Translation and Accessibility button at the top right corner of every page on our website.


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