Improving accessibility with an assistive toolbar – Recite Me
Clúid, through the Quality in our Diversity group, has been working with residents to find ways to provide a more inclusive user experience on cluid.ie. These website improvements will allow users who may have additional requirements to have a better, more accessible user experience.
We have partnered with Recite Me, an organisation that specialises in digital accessibility, to include a range of on-demand accessibility tools that align with WCAG standards, ensuring that the site is user-friendly for people with disabilities, situational challenges, and language support, through a customisable toolbar.
What is it
In today’s world, we expect to be able to do everything online, from booking repairs to paying rent. Every website user deserves an inclusive online experience that allows them to navigate and use the website. The accessibility toolbar allows everyone the opportunity to use the internet in the way that it is intended.
What does it do
The assistive toolbar software, provided by Recite Me, provides a variety of tools that allow users to create a fully customisable experience by:
Quickly and easily translate cluid.ie into over 100 languages, including 35 text-to-speech voices. Including the Irish language.
The screen reader will help visitors to perceive and understand cluid.ie by reading aloud website text, which can be customised to suit the user.
To simplify use and support website visitors, the toolbar provides five main tools; ruler, screen mask, magnifier, margins, and a dictionary.
Change the way a website looks. Users can customise the website’s colour scheme as well as the text, font style, size, colour, and spacing.
How to use it
To turn on the assistive toolbar, click the accessibility button (show a screen grab of the internationally recognised stick person symbol). This symbol appears across the full website, no matter what webpage you enter the site at.
Find out more about this new accessibility software in this short video.
Tell us what you think
We are continually looking to improve cluid.ie, this is one of many steps forward in the journey to making the website more inclusive for residents and users.