Our Commitment to Accessibility
If you already have JAWS or another text-to-speech engine installed on your computer, you don't need to download BrowseAloud.
What is BrowseAloud?
BrowseAloud is free software that reads web pages out loud. It can help anyone who has difficulty reading on-line, including people with mild visual impairments, low literacy, English as a second language, or learning disabilities, such as dyslexia.
What does BrowseAloud do?
Reads web pages aloud in a natural-sounding voice.
Reads PDF and Word documents in their original format.
Highlights each word as it is spoken to show you where you are on the page.
Magnifies text to your chosen font size and font style.
Translates word-for-word between English, French, German, Italian and Spanish.
Looks up accurate dictionary definitions.
Converts text to MP3.
Masks information on the screen to help you focus on a particular area.
You have control over the voice, word pronunciations and speech highlighting.
How do I install BrowseAloud?
You can download BrowseAloud from the BrowseAloud website:
Follow the instructions on download page to install BrowseAloud on your computer.
Notice of Service Disruptions
Notice of Service Disruptions will be provided when facilities or services that people with disabilities may use to access municipal goods and services are temporarily unavailable or if the goods or service are expected in the near future to be temporarily unavailable. This notice will include the following information:
- Information about the disruption
- The reason for the disruption
- Anticipated duration
- Description of alternative facilities or services, if available
- Contact information
In the case of an unscheduled disruption, the notice will be posted at the physical location and on the Town's website as soon as practically possible.
In the case of a scheduled disruption, the municipality will post the notice prior to the disruption, at the physical location and on the Town's website.
How Are We Doing?
In accordance with our focus on customer service and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, we invite you to provide us with feedback. A customer feedback form is available for download on the right-hand side of the page.
Other accessible formats of documents are available upon request and as soon as practicable. The Town welcomes you to fill out a Request for Document in an Alternat Format form available for download on the right-hand side of the page and submit it to the Clerks Office at the Town of The Blue Mountains. Alternatively you may contact our Accessibility Coordinator, at 519-599-3131 ext. 265, for any assistance you may require in accessing documents, or municipal services as it relates to issues of accessibility.
The Blue Mountains website has been designed using the W3C technologies and guidelines and adhering to the following checkpoints:
- equivalent alternatives to auditory and visual content has been provided
- no information has been conveyed using color alone
- markup and style sheets have been used appropriately
- use of tables has been restricted to use for conveying tabular data only and transform gracefully to text
- context and orientation information has been provided where appropriate
- clear navigation mechanisms have been put in place
- the site is designed in a clear and consistent manner to ensure ease of use for the widest range of users
Accessibility Design Guidelines
Most popular browsers contain built-in accessibility tools.
Internet Explorer: (http://www.microsoft.com/enable/products/default.aspx)
Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to view and print the PDF documents available on this website. To download this program for free, visit the Adobe website. (http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html)
Adobe Accessibility tools and resources: (http://www.adobe.com/accessibility/)
The Town's Accessibility Plan is delivered through a Joint Plan in partnership with and under the purview of the County of Grey. The Blue Mountains is part of the Grey County Joint Accessibility Advisory Committee.
Members of the County of Grey Accessibility Advisory Committee include 50% or more members of the Grey County community who have a disability, as well as non-voting staff representatives from Georgian Bluffs, Grey Highlands, Hanover, Meaford, Southgate, The Blue Mountains and West Grey.
More information about the Grey County Accessibility Advisory Committee can be obtained through the County of Grey's Clerk's department or by visiting their website at www.grey.ca.