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BrowseAloud tool enhances access to CAMH's website

BrowseAloud is live on camh.ca

The accessibility tool adds support for speech, reading and translation to CAMH’s public web site.

“This tool is especially helpful for people with dyslexia, literacy challenges and mild visual impairment,” says Rino La Grassa, Senior Manager, Applications, in CAMH’s Information Management Group (IMG). “It also can help people who have English as their second language.”

The tool is part of CAMH’s commitment to accessibility, says Rino.  “We have selected a tool that is proven in Canada and internationally.”

The tool is live this week on www.camh.ca .

Check it out!  Simply click on the new purple headphone icon at the top left of any page of the website.

BrowseAloud icon

The BrowseAloud toolbar will pop open as a floating tool bar at the top centre-right of the page. 

BrowseAloud toolbar
Try highlighting some text to have the tool read it aloud to you. Questions about the tool? There’s a “Q” icon on the tool bar to answer them.

“The tool has been built right into our site,” notes Bruno Marsiaj, CAMH Web Communications Coordinator, “so there is no cost to the person using it.” The tool works on most modern web browsers.

Rino says: “If you know a CAMH client or community partner who could benefit from BrowseAloud, please let them know about it and how to use it.”

Bruno Marsiaj and Rino La Grassa
Commitment to accessibility: CAMH’s Bruno Marsiaj, Rino La Grassa and colleagues teamed up to launch BrowseAloud

BrowseAloud’s key features include:

  • reading aloud content from our web site in a natural-sounding voice, highlighting the text as it speaks
  • translating our web content into 75 written languages, including 35 languages that can also be read aloud
  • allowing a person using our site to save an MP3 audio file of the text to listen to later
  • showing magnified text as it is reading
  • helping to simplify a web page, and offering customized user settings.

Access Button on keyboard
BrowseAloud will enhance accessibility to our web site and information

Rino notes that BrowseAloud is not a tool for people who have significant visual impairment or blindness; in most cases this group would have use of an assistive technology such as a text-to-speech reader to access different sites.

“We’ll monitor use of this tool on our site in the coming months, and appreciate feedback from those who use it,” he says. CAMH is planning to extend BrowseAloud to other CAMH web properties.

Learn more about this tool by visiting the BrowseAloud site.

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