The Council offers a speech enabled service on our website to aid accessibility for those with reading difficulties.
We have teamed up with Texthelp Systems to provide a service which gives our visitors the chance to have the swansea.gov.uk website read to them (and other sites that are speech-enabled). All you have to do is simply install the free Browsealoud software.
Why speech enable our website?
Speech enabling our website provides an additional way of accessing our content for people who find it hard to read. This includes those with dyslexia or learning difficulties, those for whom English is not their first language, or anyone with a mild visual impairment. Please note that Browealoud is not designed as a screen reader for the blind or anyone with a severe visual impairment. If you need this technology, there are commercial third party products available, such as JAWS and SuperNova
What is Browsealoud?
Browsealoud is a solution that allows you to have website content read to you. As you move the cursor over text, it is spoken aloud. Browsealoud is free to download and you have control over the voice, word pronunciations and speech highlighting.
How does it work?
You download a free, small browser plug-in. Once the plug-in has been installed, content on this site can be spoken aloud.
Where can I get Browsealoud?
Click on the Browsealoud link on the right hand side of this page and you will be taken to an external site where you will find full instructions to carry out the download and installation. A browsealoud icon will be placed in your system tray which is at the bottom right of your browser.