Our commitment to accessibility

Posted on Friday, November 29, 2019

When we announced Brightwater’s NDIS Toolkit in August this year, we wanted to ensure it was accessible for everyone, particularly individual’s with vision impairment. Before the toolkit was created, we ran focus groups to find out what resources would be useful in the toolkit, with a resounding suggestion for inclusion of a read speaker.

So, what is a read speaker?

According to the NDIS Commission website,
“If you have trouble reading text online, you may understand website information more easily if the text is read to you. ReadSpeaker allows the text on the website to be read out loud to you. You don’t have to download anything to use ReadSpeaker.”

With this in mind, we thought it would be a fantastic idea to introduce this functionality across the entire Brightwater website, in order to provide equal opportunity and equal access to people with disabilities.

“At Brightwater, both offline and online accessibility for individuals with a disability is of utmost importance. Incorporating a ReadSpeaker on our website ensures helpful content is available to a larger population, including those with literacy difficulties, reduced vision, learning disabilities, language learners and anyone looking for an easier way to access digital information on the go,” said Brightwater General Manager, Community Services, Janet Wagland.

If you are unfamiliar with the NDIS Toolkit, click here to learn more. The NDIS toolkit helps guide individuals with disability, their support network, health professionals and service providers to effectively access and pre-plan for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).