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About BrowseAloud

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.

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. Click on this "" link to launch the browsaloud support toolbar, then simply click on any text to hear it read aloud.

How does browsealoud help?

Browsealoud offers a host of reading and translation support - helping you to access and understand our website better.

  • text-to-speech: click on or select any text to hear it read aloud
  • translation: written and spoken translations in multiple languages
  • text magnification: enlarges text and reads it out loud
  • mp3 generation: converts selected text into an MP3 audio file
  • screen mask: blocks distractions on screen with a tinted mask
  • web page simplifer: removes clutter from the screen, displaying only the main text
  • settings: customise options to suit individual needs or preferences

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.

If you need help, contact CATS or the TextHELP Support Team.