Listen to this website using Browsealoud
We are pleased to introduce a free service that speech-enables our website for those with reading difficulties. It offers a practical website access service to people who find it easier to listen to, rather than read, the content of our website. We have teamed up with Texthelp Systems to provide their Browsealoud service which gives our visitors the chance to listen to our web content.
How does it work?
When you move your mouse over the text on a website, Browsealoud will read that word, sentence or paragraph to you, highlighting the text on the screen as it reads.
Browsealoud makes using the Internet easier for people who have low literacy and reading skills, English as a second language, dyslexia and mild visual impairment. Please note it is not designed as a screen reader for blind people or anyone with a severe visual impairment. If you need this technology, there are commercial third party products available, such as JAWS and SuperNova.
How to use Browsealoud
Browsealoud is free to use. All you have to do is use the small Browsealoud tool bar at the top right of the site.
Also have a look at the Browsealoud FAQs on their website.
Important information for people who do not use a mouse
Browsealoud is designed to be used primarily by mouse movements. If you are unable to use a mouse, you should enable mouse keys.
To enable mouse keys on a PC:
- Open the control panel
- Select accessibility options
- Select the mouse tab
- Switch on mouse keys; you will be able to control the mouse using your numeric keypad
This will allow you to navigate to text on web pages which would normally be inaccessible using the keyboard.