Today, 3 December marks 2020’s International Day of Disabled Persons, an annual celebration of people with disabilities. The theme for 2020 is ‘Not all Disabilities are Visible’ and focuses on spreading awareness and understanding of disabilities that are not immediately apparent, such as mental illness, chronic pain or fatigue, sight or hearing impairments, diabetes, brain injuries, neurological disorders, learning differences and cognitive dysfunctions, amongst others. According to the WHO World Report on Disability, 15 per cent of the world’s population, or more than 1 billion people, are living with disability.

For quite some time now Orpheus College has been making improvements to the accessibility of our website and we are proud to announce that in March this year we launched a new accessibility tool, provided by Recite Me. It is the large green tab on the top right of the screen aptly named ‘Accessibility’. Users are able to not only customise the screen for an enhanced experience (for example font size and character, background colour), but also change language, enable audio text play, and download text onto an MP3 file. The application is user friendly, using the familiar iconography toolbar of standard popular websites.

We can already see that users and visitors to the website are making use of this tool: translating (Catalan, Afrikaans, Albanian, and Igbo so far); ‘restyling’ the pages; and turning on the screen reader (which aids the visually impaired, for example). We welcome your feedback, so please do visit the Orpheus website and give the Accessibility button a ‘go’.

You can find out more about International Day of Disabled Persons Here.  

We also have another blog dedicated to Recite Me Here.