Everyone’s welcome! Visit Somerset website puts accessibility first

17 Jun 2019

Everyone’s welcome! Visit Somerset website puts accessibility first
Visit Somerset offers a wealth of information on exploring the county – from things to do, shopping and holiday accommodation. The newly launched site also puts the focus firmly on accessibility. It’s one of the UK’s first official tourism websites that features Browsealoud technology to give online users a little extra help whenever they need it.  Disability-(2).jpg
Created by digital learning and accessibility experts Texthelp, Browsealoud assists visitors with visual impairments, cognitive disorders, learning difficulties and physical disabilities, in addition to those with limited English and who lack digital confidence.
The software encourages site visitors to click on a friendly on-screen help button to hear information read aloud, text magnified for easier reading or translated into 40 different languages. Users with dyslexia can also use Browsealoud’s handy screen mask to help them focus on hard-to-read text.
“Somerset is one of Britain’s best loved tourist destinations, attracting more than 25 million visits each year,” says John Turner CEO of Visit Somerset.
“With around 1 in 10 of the UK population experiencing some form of disability, we’ve made it a big priority to make sure our new site is fully accessible to everybody who wants to know more about our beautiful county. It’s been brilliant working with Texthelp to make Visit Somerset an even more welcoming destination for all our digital visitors.”
John went on to say: "We live, work and relax in the twenty first century, where we should all be accepting and accommodating of our varied visitors needs and requirements. The potential from becoming a more welcoming and inclusive county for our visitors and our businesses is extraordinary, we should all strive to do better for all. Adding Browsealoud to our website is a major part of our social inclusivity strategy and will help visitors browse our pages in line with their own needs.  It is Visit Somerset’s intention to carry on working with TextHelp and Compass Disability, the County’s official disability agency in supporting our members to support disability on and off line, possibly becoming the first socially inclusive county in the UK”

About Texthelp
Texthelp believes that everyone shares a fundamental need to be understood by others, and language is our passport to academic, social and professional success. This is what drives Texthelp to create smart, easy-to-use support technologies that enable young people and adults to read and write with confidence and independence and to benefit from the English language.
Texthelp works with leading technology companies including Google and Microsoft, and works closely together with many of the world’s major educational publishers to provide literacy support solutions to classrooms worldwide.
Texthelp’s world leading assistive and language learning software is used daily by students and educators in schools, colleges and universities worldwide. Our corporate software tools continue to be used by blue-chip companies, as well as large and small scale public departments and government organisations globally.
Texthelp has been recognized in the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 for 16 consecutive years.
© Texthelp Ltd 2019
For more information:
Shauna Hanna
02894 428105
About Visit Somerset
The Visit Somerset website is the official website for tourism in the County and received more than 800,000 unique visitors in 2017. VisitSomerset.co.uk has had 2.5 million Page Views, 1 million sessions and 66.4% of visitors viewed visitsomerset.co.uk on tablets and mobile devices. 77.54% of visitors are from the UK and 19% of these visiting from London
For more information about Visit Somerset, contact:
T: 01749835416
E: info@visitsomerset.co.uk 
W: https://www.visitsomerset.co.uk

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