Library Website: ReadSpeaker feature
Use the “Listen” button at the top of the page area to have text on that page read aloud. Click the play button to expand the player and words will highlight on the screen as they are read aloud. Click on the settings gear wheel to personalize your experience (example: reading speed or highlighting colour). Click the downward arrow to download an mp3 audio file of the current page and save for later. For more information, visit: https://www.readspeaker.com/about-listen-function/ (note: some functions may differ from this link).
Accessibility rooms in the Library
The library has two private accessibility rooms. Each one features a computer, scanner, and adaptive software, including Read Write & Gold, Kurzweil, Dragon, Word Q, and Inspiration. For more information about the accessibility rooms and to inquire about gaining tap card access, please contact Counselling and Accessibility Services.
Accessible Content E-Portal (ACE)
In order to make library collections more accessible to patrons with print disabilities, Library & Media Services facilitates access to the Accessible Content E-Portal (ACE). The ACE Portal is an accessible texts repository which contains electronic books in five different accessible formats. This initiative is specifically for improving access to library materials (for course materials and textbooks, contact Counselling and Accessibility Services).
If you are a student or Faculty member with a print disability, you may request an item from our library be provided to you in an alternate format. We will do our best to find a copy in the digital repository or submit a request to digitize that item.
Find out how it’s done in the Accessible Content ePortal Behind the Scenes YouTube video.
CELA Educator Access
CELA is the Centre for Equitable Library Access. It is a non-profit organization that provides books in alternative format to people with print disabilities. There are several service choices including DAISY text, DAISY audiobooks, and Braille.
All you need to access CELA’s Bookshare collection is a public library card.
Database accessibility features
EBSCO databases all have a read-aloud feature
- Text-to-speech support: allows users to read along with highlighted passages and words while a human-sounding voice speaks the text on the screen.
- This provides assistance to patrons with low vision and slight physical and/or learning disabilities.
- This read aloud feature for HTML articles may need to be manually activated:
- Choose the HTML Full Text option.
- The Listen icon appears on the Tools list just under the title of the article
- Select from 3 different accents and reading speeds
- To pause the reading, click on the pause button
- Specific Databases:
- Academic Search Complete
- Business Source Complete
- MasterFILE Elite
- SocINDEX with Full Text
- For more information on searching EBSCO databases with JAWS 8.0, visit: EBSCO’s Accessibility Navigation Guide
ProQuest databases may contain PDFs which are AODA compliant
- If item is available in PDF format, you will need Adobe Reader. Most PDFs are accessible to screen readers.
- However, older content was created from scanned images of original text that is not accessible to screen readers. These are identified as “Scanned image PDF”.