Disability News Service is the United Kingdom’s sole news agency aimed at providing the latest disability news. Run by journalist John Pring, the website provides news on a variety of topics, from Independent Living to Activism and Campaigning, and from Politics to Crime. The website is a premier resource for those with disabilities to discover how the current political climate is affects them, both directly and indirectly. As a website aimed at providing disability news, accessibility is a prime concern. The accessibility statement provided on the website gives users a few tips to make the website more accessible, including increasing the text size and checking out the BBC’s “My Web My Way” pages. Additionally, visitors are welcomed to contact the editor of Disability News Service, either by email or telephone, with any accessibility concerns. To increase the accessibility of the content even more, Disability News Service added ReadSpeaker’s web-based text-to-speech technology in August of 2015. The ReadSpeaker listen button is clearly available on every article, inviting users to have a listen to whatever topic piques their interest.
The aim of Disability News Service is to provide in-depth coverage of disability-related UK news stories. It is crucial therefore that the DNS website is accessible to disabled people themselves. Having ReadSpeaker on the site provides an extra dimension of accessibility that would otherwise not be available. I know from comments from visitors to the site that they find the technology provided by ReadSpeaker incredibly useful, and I can also say that there has not been a single concern or problem raised about how it works since we started including it on the DNS website. I’m very happy with the service provided by ReadSpeaker and what it offers disabled people.
–John Pring, editor.
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