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This Global Accessibility Awareness Day (19th May 2022), Leeds Mind is proud to launch a more inclusive online experience on our website.

As part of our diversity and inclusion strategy, 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. 

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Being able to offer an inclusive experience is essential to support over 20% of the population who may encounter barriers when exploring our website due to having a disability, learning difficulty, visually impairment or if they speak English as a second language. 

The Recite Me assistive toolbar on the Leeds Mind website includes screen reading functionality, multiple reading aids, customisable styling options an on-demand live translation feature that boasts over 100 languages including 35 texts to speech and styling options.  

Helen Kemp, Chief Executive at Leeds Mind, commented, “Accessibility is extremely important to us here at Leeds Mind, especially as we know that exclusion and discrimination can have a profound impact on our mental wellbeing. As such, we are committed to ensuring everyone can access our information and services in a way that best meets their individual needs.”

“Diversity and Inclusion are at the forefront of our strategy in 2022, so we are incredibly proud to be able to provide Recite Me’s innovative assistive technology across our website.”

The internet can be an intimidating place for those of us with access barriers, and those lacking the tools they need to adequately understand or communicate are at a significant disadvantage.  

Ross Linnett, Recite Me’s Founder and CEO commented, “It is important to provide an inclusive online experience, where everyone 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.” 

This is just one step of a longer journey towards increasing our accessibility as an organisation. Keep an eye out on our news page and social media channels (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn) for future announcements.

To explore our accessibility support tool, click the big pink button on the top-right of your screen. 

You can find the Recite Me user guide on the company’s website.

If you have any questions or feedback on your experience, then please email info@leedsmind.org.uk or call 0113 305 5800.

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