Thanks to a free new software program, University of Iowa students, faculty, and staff who have difficulty reading online will now have help with BrowseAloud, reports The Iowa Center for Assistive Technology Education and Research (ICATER) in the UI College of Education has partnered with BrowseAloud to provide a free software program that reads all web pages out loud. BrowseAloud will not work with the UI Health Care or athletic web sites, however, because they have different web addresses. The software can help anyone who has difficulty reading online, including people with visual impairments, low literacy, English-language learners, or those with learning disabilities, such as dyslexia, said Jim Stachowiak, ICATER coordinator. Once a user has downloaded BrowseAloud, the BrowseAloud icon will appear in the system tray. By placing the cursor over the text, the relevant sentence will be read aloud and simultaneously highlighted. The user can choose to listen to selected sections of text or the entire page from where their cursor is pointed…

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