December 3rd marks International Day of People with Disabilities and is a key date to create awareness about people living with disabilities.
Habinteg is proud to support this annual occasion together with Recite Me - who created our website’s accessibility toolbar - to raise awareness of the importance of a world where people with disabilities experience equal opportunity and face no barriers.
This year’s theme, Not all Disabilities are Visible, focuses on spreading awareness and understanding of disabilities that are not immediately apparent. These disabilities include mental illness, sight or hearing impairments, diabetes, brain injuries, neurological disorders and learning differences, among others.
According to the WHO World Report on Disability, 15 per cent of the world’s population, or more than 1 billion people, are living with disability. Of that total, it’s estimated that 450 million are living with a mental or neurological condition.
Christina McGill, Habinteg’s Head of Communications, said:
"To support people with visual and non-visual disabilities online, we’ve created an inclusive website with Recite Me’s toolbar to ensure tenants, staff, customers and other website users can customise their online experience.
“The tool bar helps us play our part in creating an inclusive digital world that means can use our online accessible housing information and resources.”
Habinteg tenants told us that they wanted our website to be more accessible, so we did it. Visitors to our website are able to use the accessibility features by clicking on Enable Recite Me accessibility toolbar at the very top of the web page, on the left.
The toolbar’s accessibility and language support options include text to speech capability, fully customisable styling features, reading aids and a translation tool with over 100 languages, including 35 text to speech voices and many other features.
To build an inclusive online world, we need to create awareness on an individual and organisational level and help others to understand the opportunities presented by inclusion.
Visit www.habinteg.org.uk to try out the toolbar.