The Orpheus Centre Support Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2021

The Orpheus Centre is proud to celebrate Global Accessibility Awareness Day by joining together with Recite Me to raise awareness of the importance of creating a digital world where more than One Billion people with disabilities/impairments can access online content barrier-free.

May 20th, marks Global Accessibility Awareness Day’s 10th anniversary. A key date in our calendar to get everyone talking, thinking, and learning about digital access and inclusion.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO) World Report on Disability, 15% of the world’s population are living with a disability. Of this number, it’s estimated that 1 in 5 people do not have access to the assistive technology they need.

Every online user deserves a first-rate digital experience. Someone with access needs due to disabilities/impairments must be able to experience web-based services, content, and other digital products with the same successful outcome as those without disabilities.

To support everyone online with visual and nonvisual disabilities, we have created an inclusive website to enable all staff, customers, and other website users to customise their online experience in a way that works best for them.

Joining Recite Me we are on a mission to create an inclusive digital world enabling everyone ease of access to our online information and resources. Over the past 12 months together we have seen over 2 million people using the toolbar, viewing over 10 million pages in a way that best suits their individual needs.

“I love using the ‘text to speech’ Recite Me feature, it makes it much easier for me to understand large quantities of text.” Orpheus Employee

When visiting our website people can use our accessibility and language support tools to create a unique and customisable user experience. Support options include text to speech functionality, fully customisable styling features, reading aids, and a translation tool with over 100 languages, including 35 texts to speech voices and many other features.

Together we can build an inclusive online world. This starts by creating awareness on an individual or organisational level and helping others to understand the opportunities presented by inclusion, we can all make a positive difference together. Join the journey to an inclusive world!