Over one billion people worldwide experience difficulties with reading and understanding content online. At the National Autistic Society, we are constantly looking at ways to make sure our website is as accessible as possible.
Hassell Inclusion recommendations
For our new website build in 2020, Hassell Inclusion carried out research with autistic people about their accessibility needs. Their recommendations report included 16 different key areas, including page layout, font size, colour schemes and so on. Read their full report to find out more about this important research work.
For our website launch, we also introduced a Vivid/Calm toggle button. Situated at the top of every webpage, the button provides web visitors with a choice of two overall colour modes.
Recite Me web accessibility toolbar
We have also now added the Recite Me toolbar to our website. Its extensive range of support tools can be launched by clicking on the 'Accessibility options' link at the top of our webpages.
Key features include:
a screen reader which reads out text content on webpages and in PDFs
an interactive dictionary
a tool which translates webpage and PDF text content into 120 different languages, 60 of which also have the screen reader feature
an extensive colour palette which users can set and save to their own personal preferences
a wide range of fonts, including the Open Dyslexic font
options for increasing and decreasing the text size, line height, and the spacing between characters
a screen ruler and screen mask to support with reading webpage content
a plain text mode which shows the text on a webpage, without the usual visual elements
a magnifying glass.
The AbilityNet website has a range of helpful information for users who prefer to set their accessibility options locally on their devices.
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