Brisbane Airport is the first in Australia to deliver an inclusive website that enables website visitors to easily access online content and services, thanks to Recite Me assistive technology.
The Recite Me accessibility toolbar on the website includes screen reading functionality, multiple reading aids, customisable styling options an on-demand live translation feature in over 100 languages, including 65 text-to-speech and styling options.
“So many of us take being able to read a webpage for granted, but for 20 per cent of the population, this may not be as easy because of the digital barriers they face,” Brisbane Airport Corporation public affairs executive general manager Rachel Crowley said. “This could be due to a disability, learning difficulty, visual impairment or speaking English as a second language.
“The website is now accessible for all and that’s exactly how it should be. Users should not have to pay for expensive software to access something most of the population receive for free,” she said.
Other initiatives at the airport include Changing Places facilities for people with disability and their carers; assistance animal bathrooms at the domestic and international terminals; the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower lanyard program and Bluey the Kookaburra’s guide to travelling overseas.
According to Recite Me founder and CEO, Ross Linnett it was important to provide an inclusive online experience, where everyone can use the 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,” he said.
For details go to bne.com.au and click on the accessibility button at the top of the webpage.