5th European eAccessibility Forum
Benefits and costs of e-accessibility

28/03/2011, 9:00 - 18:00
Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie - 30 Avenue Corentin Cariou 75019 - Paris, France

 
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Creating a more inclusive Web environment using text-to-speech technology

Christelle Le Sommer (North Ireland)
Texthelp Ltd
c.lesommer (at) texthelp.com

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Christelle Le Sommer, Business Development Manager for BrowseAloud, is responsible for building and developing the BrowseAloud community within French-speaking countries outside North America.

Christelle graduated from Université Rennes 1 with a Bachelor Degree in Law in 2005 and with a MA in Politics in 2007. She is currently completing a part-time Masters of Business and Organisation with Queen’s University Belfast. She spent two years in a Business Support Team Leader role for a one of Europe's largest leading independent providers of customer contact solutions before joining Texthelp in 2011.

 

Summary


BrowseAloud is the world leading text-to-speech solution from Texthelp Systems Ltd, which is designed to improve access to websites for persons with literacy difficulties, cognitive disabilities, dyslexia, mild visual impairments and for those who speak French as a second language.   With a choice of 17 high quality voices covering nine languages and a number of unique features, BrowseAloud is quickly being adopted as the text-to-speech technology of choice worldwide. 

 

Texthelp Systems Ltd was formally incorporated in 1996 and specialises in the design of assistive software solutions to support those struggling to read and write.  The company is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, Adobe Solutions Network Developer, Apple Business Partner, HP Business Partner and is ISO 9001:2000 accredited.  For the past 9 consecutive years, Texthelp Systems Ltd has been a Deloitte Technology Fast 50 Award winning company.

 

Presentation Title:

Creating a more inclusive Web environment using text-to-speech technology

 

Presentation Description:

 “The combination of hearing, seeing and tracking words being spoken increases gains in comprehension and understanding.” Elkind et al (1993)

 

In this presentation, Christelle Le Sommer, from Texthelp Systems Ltd, discusses the benefits of adding text-to-speech technology to websites, to improve the user’s experience online.

 

Approximately 23% of the French population require online reading support. This includes those with cognitive disabilities such as dyslexia, low literacy levels, mild visual impairments or English as a second language.

 

Texthelp Systems develops literacy software solutions to help those who struggle to read and write. One of the company’s core technologies is BrowseAloud; an online product that is designed to enhance website accessibility.

 


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