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Solace Women’s Aid puts accessibility first by adding assistive toolbar to website

Solace, a leading specialist charity in the UK supporting women and children experiencing domestic abuse and sexual violence, now provides an inclusive online experience to enable website visitors to access online content and services barrier-free. 

Office for National Statistics data shows that disabled people were nearly three times more likely to have experienced domestic abuse last year than non-disabled people, and the charity wants to make sure that it reaches all women and girls who need its services. 

With this in mind, Solace has launched Recite Me technology on its 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 the website due to having a disability, learning difficulty, visual impairment, or if they speak English as a second language.  

The Recite Me assistive toolbar on the Solace website includes screen reading functionality, multiple reading aids, customisable styling options and an on-demand live translation feature that boasts over 100 languages including 35 texts to speech and styling options.   

Judith Banjoko, interim CEO at Solace, said: 

“At Solace, accessibility is extremely important to us. We are committed to ensuring all women and girls who need our support can access information and services in a way that best meets their individual needs.” 

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion are at the forefront of our priorities in 2022, so we are incredibly proud to be able to provide Recite Me’s innovative assistive technology across our website.” 

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.   

 Ross Linnett Recite Me’s Founder and CEO added: 

“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.”  

To find out more visit solacewomensaid.org and click the ‘Accessibility’ button in the top right corner of the website.