Social Security Adds Website Feature to Read Web Pages Out Loud

In Assistive Technology Articles, News by Theresa Kulow

Making websites accessible to the broadest possible audience not only benefits people with disabilities visiting your site, but can really benefit all visitors to your site. For example, Social Security recently added a new feature to their website called “BrowseAloud” that allows the content of their website to be read aloud. This feature might be useful for individuals many individuals including those with:

  • Print Disabilities
  • Cognitive Disabilities
  • Dyslexia
  • Low Literacy
  • Mild Visual Impairments
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)

BrowseAloud reads the words on any web page through your computer speakers and highlights words as they are spoken. Browse aloud can be used in two ways.

  • You can select a “continuous” option, which allows the entire contents of a web page to be read without using the mouse.
  • You can select individual words or sentences on a page, and BrowseAloud will read them out loud.

You can turn BrowseAloud on and off with a click of the Ctrl key on your keyboard. You can also customize the voice, pitch, and speed of the reader to suit their needs.

You must download and install the BrowseAloud plug-in before using it. You may want to check this out! Find out more on Social Security’s website by visiting https://www.ssa.gov/accessibility

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