Mid Ulster District Council has illustrated its commitment to providing access to its website to the widest possible audience, regardless of technology or ability, by the introduction of Browsealoud software on the website, www.midulstercouncil.org.
Browsealoud is a speech enabling program that makes web content more accessible to anyone with reading difficulties. It provides online support, translation and acts as a literacy tool that supports a wide range of people. Specifically, this additional function is beneficial with assisting people with dyslexia, literacy difficulties, and visual impairments, as well as people for whom English is a second language.
Once the software is downloaded, simply by hovering your mouse pointer over an area of text, Browsealoud will read that text out loud. Browsealoud not only speech enables the website content, it will also speak out loud the menus and hyperlinks, helping you navigate the website more easily. All you have to do to take advantage of this service, is download the free Browsealoud program by clicking on the yellow circle with the ‘b’ logo that is displayed in the top right hand corner of the screen.
The inclusion of the new function on the website compliments Mid Ulster District Council’s Equality Scheme. Cllr. Trevor Wilson, Chair of Mid Ulster District Council commented, ‘One of our key values is to design and deliver our services in response to and around the needs of our customers. We are also mindful of effectively fulfilling our Section 75 statutory duties across all our functions including service provision, employment and procurement, all of which are available on the website. The new Browsealoud function that is now available will ensure that our website is now more user-friendly and accessible for people with a wide range of ability levels’.