11 June 2015

Celton Manx is helping to advance inclusivity after it made a Recognition award to Disability Networks.

The award means the local disability information charity has been able to install the speech, reading and translation tool BrowseAloud on its website, disabilitynetworks.info.

The software can be used to enlarge text size, highlight text passages and offers text-to-speech functionality in 35 languages and written translations in 78, making the site more accessible to those with limited vision, dyslexia and other reading difficulties, as well as to non-English speakers.

Established in 2012 Manx-registered charity Disability Networks serves as an online directory of public, private and third sector disability support service providers and associated information.

Director Beth Martin said: ‘BrowseAloud is a brilliant tool so we are extremely grateful to Celton Manx for not only recognising the value of our website, but also the need for it to incorporate online digital inclusivity. Thanks to Celton Manx the BrowseAloud functionality will open up opportunities for an even broader cross section of users to access and benefit from our website.’

Celton Manx executive director Bill Mummery said: ‘Central to our Recognition programme is helping local good causes to support as many in the community as possible. The work Disability Networks is achieving complements that objective, as it seeks to remove barriers, extend its reach and connect with a wider audience. BrowseAloud technology clearly has a crucial role to play in the charity’s commitment to inclusivity, which we are pleased to support by making this award.’

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