It was always our intention that S4Nd would be “virtual”. For many neurodivergent people, the idea of having to go somewhere can sometimes be a step too far. Being virtual gives people better access – the members area is available to use 24 hours a day. Geography is not a barrier to the virtual world, so it does not matter that we are based in Calderdale.
Being virtual means we can reach far more people and create a dedicated, safe space for people to connect through shared interests.
S4Nd is a young organisation, our website was created on a shoestring by a talented volunteer. Making the website accessible has always been a primary objective and S4Nd members were invited to contribute by giving feedback on accessibility.
We know we have some way to go, and the website and members area will continue to evolve to be inclusive. Our next step is to illustrate the words and meaning of the website and members area to reach even more people.
Last month, we were successful in securing funding from the Two Ridings Community Foundation https://www.tworidingscf.org.uk/ which enabled us to purchase Recite Me’s Accessibility Toolbar for the website. We encourage you to try it out.
A little bit about Recite Me
Recite Me is a cloud-based web accessibility assistive toolbar solution that allows our website visitors and members to customise our website in a way that works best for them.
This easy to use, award-winning software includes text to speech functionality, fully customisable styling features, reading aids and a translation tool with over 100 languages, including 35 text to speech voices and many other features.
This innovative software benefits millions of people who currently miss out on online and mobile content; Recite works across all devices, giving everyone the opportunity to use the internet in the way that it is intended.
How to use the Recite Me toolbar
To activate the toolbar, click on the Accessibility Tools link on the top menu bar on the website.
We will be compiling an information video showing you how to use the toolbar. In the meantime, you can download a short Recite Me User Guide here.
Additional help can be found on the Recite Me toolbar itself – via the User Guide link – found under the Settings Cog icon on the toolbar.
To further support this, we have created a Website accessibility group in the Community Area where you can join the conversation and tell us what you think about Recite Me and how we can improve our website and make it more inclusive and welcoming.