We’re delighted to announce that we’ve added speech, reading and translation support to our website with Browsealoud.
This innovative tool helps those who struggle to access and understand information online. In the UK, over 12 million people have print disabilities such as dyslexia, low literacy, mild visual impairment and over 8 million people speak English as a second language.
Browsealoud works by reading our website content out loud in a natural sounding voice. It can translate our web pages into 99 languages and read the content aloud in 40 of the most commonly spoken languages in the world. Browsealoud can even translate and read pdf documents such as patient leaflets that are opened from our website in your browser.
You can try it out by clicking the orange icon with the headphones on the bottom right of the screen to launch the Browsealoud toolbar. You can then hover your mouse over any text to hear it read aloud. From a touchscreen device, you’ll have to click on the text to hear it.
Browsealoud really makes our website much more accessible and usable by everyone. This addition to our website reflects our commitment to accessibility and inclusion along with our values of always being Ambitious, Brave and Compassionate.
For more information on Browsealoud, watch the videos below or contact Browsealoud directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.