We provide a free accessibility tool called ReachDeck (previously known as BrowseAloud) on our website to provide speech, reading and translation support.
Click on the ReachDeck image, in the bottom left-hand corner of your page, to launch the toolbar.
ReachDeck adds speech, reading, and translation support to our website. It makes online content more accessible for people with dyslexia, low literacy, English as a second language, and those with mild visual impairments.
There are several icons on the toolbar. Each button performs a different function - you can hear text read aloud, translate it, convert to MP3 and add a screen mask.
You can magnify text, simplify web pages, and set your own personalised settings.
ReachDeck reads text on a web page out loud. There are two options: hover to speak and speak the current selection.
Hover to speak is turned on by default when the toolbar is launched. So, to hear text read aloud you simply hover your mouse over the text or click on the text if you’re on a mobile device.
This is similar to the 'Hover to speak' tool. The difference is that this tool will read a highlighted section of text. If you don't select text, it will read out the entire page.
This allows you to translate web pages into 99 languages and can speak aloud 40 of those, in a high quality, natural sounding native voice.
This feature converts any text that you select from a web page, into an audio file that you can then listen to later, at home, or on the move.
This feature allows you to apply a colour filter to your screen. A semi-opaque mask extends across the screen, leaving a letterbox reading window clear, allowing you to focus on a few lines at a time.
This feature magnifies the text as it’s being read aloud. You can personalise the font, size and colour to suit your needs in settings.
This feature removes page clutter and distractions, such as pictures, allowing you to focus on the text you want to read.
Personalise the features to suit your own specific needs, including the following:
Texthelp provides information about the ReachDeck toolbar on their website.
BrowseAloud is now the ReachDeck toolbar (texthelp.com)
You can watch a video on how to use ReachDeck features on Youtube.
ReachDeck features - how to use guide video (youtube.com)
For further information about accessibility on this website, view our accessibility page.
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