Kick It Out are pleased to announce the integration of Recite Me, an innovative new accessibility tool, to the organisation’s website – www.kickitout.org.
Recite Me is award-winning software that allows Kick It Out’s users to customise the website so it works best for them – which is particularly important for disabled people who want to access key information or find out more about our work.
Globally there are an estimated 285 million people with a visual impairment of some kind and around 10-15% of the world’s population has dyslexia.
In the UK alone, there are 1.5 million people with a learning disability and 4.2 million people who have English as a second language. That makes the Recite Me tool all the more important, with key features of the software including:
- Text-to-speech and dyslexia functions
- An interactive dictionary
- Colour themes
- A translation tool with over 100 languages
- Much, much more
See how it works by looking at the video below:
Website visitors can use Recite Me by clicking the ‘Accessibility’ button at the top of www.kickitout.org, which will open the tool at the top of the page. In addition to the implementation of the tool, Kick It Out will be working in partnership with Recite Me to continue its efforts to make football a more inclusive place for disabled people.
Keeley Baptista, Kick It Out’s Head of Partnerships, is delighted to be using Recite Me on the organisation’s website and believes it marks another step forward for Kick It Out’s equality work.
“Recite Me is a pioneering software tool that will significantly improve the accessibility of our website,” she explained.
“The vital equality information and resources we produce will now be more widely available for people across the UK and the world.
“Disability inclusion is a central part of our work and we are excited to be working more closely with the team at Recite Me going forward as we aim to break down the barriers for disabled people in football.
“We hope that football clubs and organisations see the benefit of the tool for their customers and supporters and look to address accessibility improvements on their websites too.”
Ross Linnett, Recite Me founder and CEO, said: “Recite Me are proud to partner up with Kick It Out to provide online assistive technology to support people with disabilities.
“The partnership will help to increase diversity and inclusion online as well as on the pitch. Allowing people to come together to share their passion for football online is a key goal for Recite Me.
"By providing a wide range of accessibility tools such as the screen reader and on demand live translation, fans of all ages, regardless of their disability or differences can engage with football news and events online hassle free.
“Our partnership will also create awareness aimed at helping clubs and other sporting organisations to develop their online presence, in order to better support fans who can often face barriers accessing online content.”
To find out how you can implement the tool and make your website more accessible, please click here.