A recent report by Stacker compiled from the U.S. Census estimates that well over 125,000 citizens in the greater Columbus region speak very little English or use English as a second language. This represents more than 10% of the regional population. These numbers are growing yearly, and the trend is expected to continue.
Additionally, roughly 8% of the U.S. population experiences some level of visual impairment, and another 15% experiences some form of hearing impairment. Combining vision, hearing, and language barriers the total number suggests that as many as one-third or more of our neighbors may face serious challenges navigating traditional websites and participating in the connected world.
To ensure equitable access for everyone OMJCFC.org now provides an inclusive online experience that enables website visitors to access content and services barrier-free. The Recite Me assistive toolbar deployed on OMJCFC’s website provides screen reading functionality combined with an on-demand live translation feature offering over 100 languages including 65 spoken out loud as text-to-speech.
Scott Johnson, Job Center Operator commented, “Equitable access is extremely important to us here at the OMJCFC. The employment ecosystem can be an incredibly intimidating place for those with access barriers and those lacking the tools they need to adequately understand or communicate are at a significant disadvantage. We are committed to ensuring that all customers can access information and services in a way that best meets their individual needs.“
To explore and experiment with OMJCFC’s new accessibility support tool, visit OMJCFC.org and on the lower left side of the page click the little blue figure to open a top bar menu containing a range of accessibility and translation options.