The Building Bridges programme is committed to providing a website that is accessible to the widest possible audience, regardless of technology or ability. Some of the visitors to this website may be blind or visually impaired and others may have dyslexia, low literacy or English as a second language. All of these are factors which could affect how people interact with the content on this website.
To ensure that the website is accessible to all, we have both text and contrast changer options for those with visual impairment and Browsealoud. This is browser based text-to-speech software which helps people with low literacy and reading skills, dyslexia, English as a second language and people with a mild visual impairment.
What does Browsealoud do?
Browsealoud reads the content of a webpage to the user in multiple languages, from a range of voices. It can read all types of content including mobile, text, tables, downloadable documents like pdfs (but not PDFs on mobile though) and alt text for images.
Browsealoud can also:
- Read text-to-speech with a choice of reading speeds and highlighters to enhance reading comprehension
- Translate web pages into 78 languages
- Speak translated text aloud in 35 languages
- The ability for the user to save a chunk of audio onto an MP3 file and listen to it later
- The ability to magnify and change the colour of text and background
- A screen mask which blocks on-screen clutter, allowing readers to focus on text being read
- A web page ‘simplifier’ that removes ads and other distracting content for easier reading.
How to use Browsealoud
To use Browsealoud, click on the orange circle icon that appears at the very top right hand corner of the page. This will make the Browsealoud toolbar appear, with this toolbar available, the user then moves their mouse to highlight the part of the page which they want Browsealoud to read out.
Website Accessibility Help
If you are looking for information and advice about the Building Bridges programme and you are finding it difficult to see the information, there are a number of things you can do:
Increase the text size
To make the text on the pages bigger, use the text resizing buttons located at the middle right of the webpage. Clicking on the ‘T’ icon will increase the text size, when the text is enlarged the icon will change colour. Click on the ‘T’ icon again to return the text to its usual size.
Change the colour contrast
You can change the colour contrast for the text and background so the information is easy to read for people who find it difficult to see. This feature can be found at the middle right of the page, just above the text resize option. Click the circle icon once to change the contrast to a dark background. Click the icon again to return to the usual website setting.