Great news for the dyslexics and visually-impaired! Rebecca Crawford, Ross Linnett and Steve Nelson, representing the Recite Me team—a Tyneside tech arm of Northstar Ventures—has recently acquired a £225,000 contract to expand their market internationally.
A couple of years ago, Ross Linnett introduced the Gateshead-based “Recite Me” after discovering his dyslexic condition. His objective in launching the program is to aid other people with visual and dyslexia problems to read websites by translating the entire text to speech. It also enhances colour schemes and emphasizes texts. It contains definitions from the dictionary which can be translated in an array of fifty-two languages.
Early in 2012, Recite Me was able to attend a trade mission in Australia and made a deal with the Newcastle-based Northstar Ventures’ Finance for Business North East Accelerator Fund office so Recite Me was taken to the UKTI trade mission in New York. There on, the firm has continued to widen their horizons as they hired a sales representative in Ireland to expand their market in Europe.
The firm mainly targets countries that see the essence of websites. These includes the US, Ireland and Australia. They also aim to penetrate the United Kingdom which tends to take less action in instituting accessible websites resulting to more organisations taking legal action.
According to studies, 15% constitutes the visually-impaired population that doesn’t get the opportunity to use the internet due to their condition. This population includes people with learning difficulties, literacy issues, dyslexia and even more – as the World Health Organisation thinks that some dyslexia cases tend to get ignored and unnoticed.
Several organisations like Go North East, an Australian Municipal council and the University of Northumbria have already used the software.