BNE is Australia’s 1st airport providing inclusive website with Recite Me Technology
Innovation in the Year of Accessible Tourism in Queensland
Over 1 billion people worldwide encounter barriers when trying to read and understand content online due to disabilities, learning difficulties, visual impairments, or people speaking English as a second language.
bne.com.au is now more accessible with the addition of Recite Me assistive technology to enable website visitors to access online content and services barrier-free, in a way that best suits their needs.
The Recite Me accessibility toolbar on the bne.com.au website includes screen reading functionality, multiple reading aids, customisable styling options an on-demand live translation feature that boasts over 100 languages including 65 text-to-speech and styling options.
“So many of us take being able to read a webpage for granted, but for 20% of the population, this may not be as easy due to the digital barriers they face. This could be due to a disability, learning difficulty, visual impairment or simply because they speak English as a second language,” according to Rachel Crowley, Executive General Manager of Communications and Public Affairs at Brisbane Airport Corporation.
“bne.com.au is now accessible for all and that’s exactly how it should be. Users should not have to pay for expensive software just to access something most of the population receives for free.
“2023 is the Year of Accessible Tourism in Queensland. This new tool at bne.com.au will make it far easier for anyone travelling through Brisbane to experience Queensland. This allows us to create a welcoming environment before passengers even step foot into Brisbane Airport.”
Special assistance at BNE is not just online, but in the real world too with initiatives including:
- Changing Places facilities for people with profound disability and their carers
- Assistance animal bathrooms at the Domestic and International terminals
- Hidden disabilities sunflower lanyard program
- Bluey The Kookaburra’s guide to travelling overseas
The Brisbane Airport website has been made inclusive through technology provider Recite Me.
“It is important to provide an inclusive online experience, where everyone can use our digital world in a way in which best suits their needs. As more organisations provide accessibility tools online, those who face online barriers can access information and services hassle-free. The digital world must be accessible for all,” according to Founder and CEO Ross Linnett.
Take a moment to explore the features. Head to bne.com.au and click on the Accessibility button on the top of the webpage.