Website accessibility statement
We want people to get the most out of Midspace.
Our website incorporates Recite Me – a web accessibility tool that allows people to customise Midspace in a way that works best for them.
Why is accessibility important to our work?
Midspace has been co-produced by people with lived experience of mental health difficulties and professionals. The importance of accessibility was highlighted by these groups during the consultation phase of the space.
We have chosen to add Recite Me web accessibility and language toolbar to Midspace to make it accessible and inclusive for as many people as possible.
It helps the 1 in 5 people in the UK who have a disability, including those with common conditions like sight loss and dyslexia, to access this website in the way that suits them best.
It also meets the needs of the 1 in 10 people in the UK who don’t speak English as their first language, by being able to translate our web content into over 100 different languages.
How do I access the Recite Me toolbar?
You can open the Recite Me language and accessibility toolbar by clicking on the ‘Accessibility & Languages’ button which can be found at the top right of our websites – on every page.
After you click on the ‘Accessibility & Languages’ button the Recite Me toolbar opens and displays a range of different options for customising how the website looks and how you can access the content.
How does Recite Me help me access Midspace?
Recite Me helps people to access Midspace to do the things they need to do, like find information about mental health and wellbeing services, events in Midlothian, and self-help materials.
The Recite Me toolbar has a unique range of functions. You can use it to:
- Have the text on our website read aloud (including PDFs)
- Download the text as an MP3 file to play it where and when it suits you
- Change font sizes and colours
- Customise background colour
- Translate text into more than 100 different languages
- Access a fully integrated dictionary and thesaurus
- Reading mask – show only 10% of the screen to help with concentration
You can find out more about how Recite Me works from the Recite Me user guide.