United Way Provides an Inclusive Experience Online
Thanks to a special grant from United Way Worldwide, United Way of Southwest Alabama (UWSWA) now provides an inclusive online experience to enable website visitors to access online content and services barrier-free.
As part of our diversity, equity, and inclusion strategy, website visitors can now access a wide range of accessibility and language support tools to customize their digital experiences through Recite Me assistive technology.
Offering an inclusive experience is essential to supporting over 25% of the population who may encounter barriers when exploring our website due to having a disability, learning challenges, visual impairment, or speaking English as a second language.
The Recite Me assistive toolbar on the UWSWA website includes screen-reading functionality, multiple reading aids, customizable styling options, and an on-demand live translation feature that boasts over 100 languages including 35 text-to-speech.
President & CEO Jill Chenoweth commented, “UWSWA deems accessibility as extremely important. We are committed to ensuring everyone can access information and services in a way that best meets their individual needs. Diversity, equity, and Inclusion are at the forefront of our development plan in 2022, so we are incredibly proud to provide Recite Me’s innovative assistive technology across our website.”
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.
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 organizations provide accessibility tools online, those who face online barriers can access information and services hassle-free. The digital world must be accessible for all.”
To explore our accessibility support tool, visit https://uwswa.org and click the “Accessibility Tools” tab on our website’s home page.