What is BrowseAloud?
BrowseAloud makes websites accessible to those who require online reading support, which is 40% of the US population. It works by reading web pages aloud in a human-sounding voice. The user simply hovers their mouse pointer over the text to hear it read aloud.
This project is being implemented through CUNY to improve web accessibility and support for people with disabilities including users of assistive technologies, along with Usablenet Assistive, a technology implemented throughout the University in 2010. This tool is also available to all CUNY faculty, staff, and students, who host their own pages on their respective campus' websites.
Listen to this site with BrowseAloud
Visitors can listen to this website with BrowseAloud, which is free to website visitors and can be easily downloaded directly from the BrowseAloud Download Page.
What will BrowseAloud do for me?
- Reads web pages aloud in a human-sounding voice (Includes websites, intranets, extranets, html, accessible Flash, alt tags)
- Reads secure web pages
- Reads PDF and Word documents in their original format
- Highlights each word as it is spoken to show you where you are on the page
- Magnifies text to your chosen font size and font style
- Translates word-for-word between English, French, German, Italian and Spanish
- Looks up accurate dictionary definitions
- Converts text to MP3
- Masks information on the screen to help you focus on a particular area
Who does BrowseAloud help?
BrowseAloud helps any website visitor who requires online reading support. This includes those with learning difficulties such as dyslexia, mild visual impairments and those with English as a second language.