DHU Health Care has introduced accessibility software called ‘Browsealoud’ to help make their website a better experience for patients and visitors.
DHU will be joining more than 60 NHS trusts that use Browsealoud to meet the Accessible Information Standard. By adopting the software the aim is to effectively communicate with patients, support adherence to AIS and ultimately improve safety and outcomes for patients.
In the UK alone there are over 2 million people with sight loss and an estimated 10 percent of the population are affected by specific learning disabilities, such as dyslexia, dyscalculia and autism. Using Browsealoud will greatly improve accessibility for their website visitors and help remove some of the barriers that prevent communication.
What is Browsealoud?
Browsealoud is an innovative piece of software that adds speech, reading, and translation to websites. It specifically improves access and participation for people with Dyslexia, Low Literacy, English as a Second Language, and those with mild visual impairments.
Online content can be read aloud in multiple languages using the most natural and engaging voice to transform the user’s reading experience.
Judith Brown, the DHU Patient Experience Manager, said: “At DHU Health Care we are committed to making our patient experience as accessible as possible. Simple to use, free and available on mobile devices, Browsealoud is a great solution to open up our digital content to a wider audience.”
Further information about the DHU Accessible Information Standard policy, which aims to ensure that those with a disability receive accessible health and social care information, can be found here.
To access Browsealoud, simply click on the orange headphone icon at the top right hand side of the website. Hover your cursor over the text you want read aloud and Browsealoud will read it to you. Other features such as translation, text magnifier and page simplifier can be accessed by clicking on icons within the toolbar – if you roll your mouse over each icon a description will appear describing what the feature does.