Recite Me accessibility toolbar

We’ve added the Recite Me web accessibility and language toolbar to our website to make it accessible and inclusive for as many people as possible.

Recite Me web accessibility and language toolbar

Recite Me is a cloud-based software that lets visitors view and use our website in a way that works best for them. It helps 1 in 5 people in the UK who have a disability, including those with common conditions like sight loss and dyslexia, access our website in the way that suits them best.

It also meets the needs of the 4.2 million people in the UK who speak a language other than English at home, by translating our web content into over 100 different languages.

How do I access the Recite Me toolbar?
You can open the Recite Me Accessibility Toolbar by clicking on the accessibility link in the top left corner of the page.

After you click on the accessibility link, the Recite Me toolbar opens and displays a range of different options for customising the way the website looks and ways you can interact with the content.

How does Recite Me help me access this website?
Recite Me helps people access our website and customise the content in a way that works best for them.

The Recite Me toolbar has a unique range of functions. You can use it to:

  • read website text 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-colours
  • translate text into more than 100 different languages
  • access a fully integrated dictionary and thesaurus

Recite Me user guide

Play audio

  • back: Rewind to the previous paragraph of text
  • play: Click the Play button to read the text aloud
  • forward: Skip forward to the next paragraph of text

Text options

  • decrease: This will decrease the text size
  • font: You can change the font that displays on the page
  • increase: This will increase the text size

Colour, ruler and mask

  • colour: Change the background, text, and link colours
  • ruler: Click to enable the reading ruler
  • screen mask: Will create a letterbox for focused viewing of a section of the page

Dictionary, translation, and magnifier

  • dictionary: Highlight and click on this to view the definition of the word
  • translation: Translate text into a different language
  • magnifier: Click and drag the magnifying glass to magnify text on the screen

Margins, Plain Text Mode, and Download Audio

  • text mode: Remove images to view content in plain text mode
  • margins: Change the text dimensions by narrowing the width of the text column
  • download audio: Highlight the text then click the button to download the text as an audio file


  • settings: Adjust your Recite Me toolbar settings
  • reset: This will restore the default settings
  • user guide: This will give you an overview of the Recite Me toolbar features

Do I need to download anything to enable Recite Me?
No. Recite Me is cloud-based software so there is no need to install anything on your computer.

How do I disable the auto read?
To disable the auto read you need to click on the button marked “Settings”. This will give you a list of three functions to choose from. You need to click on the bottom to the Right of the option marked “Autoplay” this will then disable auto-read.

Does Recite Me work across different operating systems and mobile devices?
Yes. The software works on multiple devices and operating systems including Android, iOS, Linux, Mac, and Windows devices.

Can I save my settings?
The Recite Me toolbar uses cookies to save user settings.

How do I change the language?
To change the language of the website that you’re viewing you need to select the button marked “Languages”. This will then produce a drop-down list of all the languages that Recite offers. Find the language that you want from the list and press on it, the site will then be converted to that language.

How do I create an MP3?
To create an MP3, first, turn off the Autoplay option located within the settings button. Highlight the section of text that you want to create into an MP3. Once highlighted select the Download Audio button from the toolbar. You’ll then see a message telling you that your file is being created. Once created you’ll see the file appear ready at the bottom of the web page. You can now either listen to the file created or save it to a location of your choice.

How do I Turn Recite Me off?
To close the Recite toolbar simply click on the icon marked “Close” to the right of the toolbar.

Why is accessibility important to us?
Accessibility is important to us as it provides all users with equal access and opportunities, regardless of their individual circumstances. We’re committed to regularly monitoring our websites accessibility, with use of the Recite Me accessibility scanner.

Where can I find support for Recite Me?
If you have any questions about Recite Me you can contact them by email at or call them at 0191 432 8092.

If, for any reason, you are unable to use ReciteMe or you require a document in a different format to those offered, you can contact us by emailing