The Harris provides an inclusive online experience

Source: Preston City Council 20 December 2022

As part of the Harris’ 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.

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

Councillor Peter Kelly, Cabinet member for culture and leisure services at Preston City Council said:

“Here at Preston City Council, accessibility is extremely important to us. We are committed to ensuring all customers can access information and services in a way that best meets their individual needs. Diversity and Inclusion are at the forefront of our business development plan, so we are incredibly proud to be able to provide Recite Me’s innovative assistive technology across our website.”

 The Recite Me assistive toolbar on the Harris website includes screen reading functionality, multiple reading aids, customisable styling options an on-demand live translation feature that boasts over 100 languages including 65 texts to speech and styling options.

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.”

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.

To explore the Harris’ accessibility support tool, visit the Harris website and click the ‘Accessibility’ button at the top right of the website.

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