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Otley & District Talking Newspaper

Level AA accessible website for Otley & District Talking Newspaper

Otley & District Talking Newspaper is a charity and member of the Talking News Federation. Their volunteers record news bulletins and other stories from local publications at their fully-equipped studio in Otley, West Yorkshire. The audio is then distributed on USB memory sticks to blind and partially sighted listeners living in the local area.

In 2018 we helped the Talking Newspaper with the design and development of a website that conforms to Level AA of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0. This allows sighted and nonsighted visitors listen to the latest recording or subscribe to receive the USB memory sticks.

During March 2020, concerns around the possible transmission of novel coronavirus amongst volunteers and listeners meant that the Talking Newspaper was forced to go online-only. Visits to the site have since increased tenfold, with partial or complete listens of the recording also increasing significantly.