19 May 2022

Log on to Scottish Forestry’s new inclusive website

Scottish Forestry has upgraded its website to provide an inclusive online and barrier-free experience for visitors.

As part of the Agency’s diversity and inclusion strategy, website visitors now have access to a wide range of accessibility and language support tools to customise their digital experience.

Over 20% of the population may encounter barriers when exploring websites through having a disability, learning difficulty, visual impairment, or simply if they speak English as a second language.

Using Recite Me technology on the toolbar includes screen reading functionality, multiple reading aids and customisable styling options. There is also an on-demand live translation feature that boasts over 100 languages, including 35 texts to speech and styling options.

Ella Hashemi, Scottish Forestry’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Manager, commented:

“We are committed to ensuring anyone interested in Scottish Forestry is able to access our services and information with ease. I’m excited for the launch of the Recite Me toolbar in meeting this commitment.”

The internet can be an incredibly intimidating place for those with access barriers. Those who lack the tools they need to adequately understand or communicate are at a significant disadvantage.

Ross Linnett Recite Me’s Founder and CEO added:

“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.”

The new inclusive toolbar can be found on the top right of Scottish Forestry's website.