Disability products firm's website upgrade

SPECIALIST disabled products firm Invate is now working with internet accessibility company Recite to make its website more user-friendly.

Ross Linnett, left, managing director of Recite, with Chris Quickfall, managing director of Invate

SPECIALIST disabled products firm Invate is now working with internet accessibility company Recite to make its website more user-friendly.

Newcastle-based Invate is one of the UK’s leading suppliers of specialist products for people with disabilities in education and employment. The assistive technology company also has a spin-out firm called E-Quality Learning which offers online and face-to-face training.

It is now linking up with Recite, the Gateshead firm which has been building international interest with its technology that makes websites easier to read. Recite was set up by Ross Linnett, who has been travelling to far-flung destinations such as Australia with a solution that enables websites to meet guidelines on accessibility.

Recite founder and managing director Ross Linnett said: “There are over nine million people within the UK who have dyslexia and a further two million registered with visual impairment, so we’ve put a lot of thought into the Recite product, making it simple and intuitive for both website owners and their customers. It’s really easy to use, has an intuitive user interface and works on a simple yearly subscription model. When it comes to assistive technology, using Recite could change the lives of people with dyslexia or visual impairment.”

Recite is set up to allow companies to meet W3C guidelines stating that steps should be taken to make websites universally accessible.

The platform features tools such as text-to-speech, translation, colour-adjustment, word-enlargement and text- only view. It can be added by inserting a line of code on the client’s website, which means users can transform a site online without software by just clicking a link on the site itself.

“As a company that caters to the needs of disabled people, we’re always looking for ways to improve the customer experience and I have been hugely impressed by the capabilities of the Recite platform”, said Chris Quickfall, managing director of Newcastle-based Invate.

“It has not only enhanced the usability of the site, but has also increased our accessibility for visually impaired customers.”

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