Glasgow City Council Welcome to Shawlands Academy

Enhanced Website Accessibility
The Shawlands Academy website can now be configured to be speech-enabled. This means that you can download free software onto your computer and have the site read aloud to you. The software is called Browsealoud, it is free to download and is used on many other websites.
Why use speech enabling software?
It provides an additional way of accessing information for people who find it hard to read. This includes those with dyslexia or learning difficulties, those for whom English is not their first language, older people or anyone with a mild visual impairment. System Requirements
For PC use Internet Explorer 6, 7 or 8 Firefox 3.6
For Mac use Safari
What is Browsealoud?
Browsealoud is a solution that allows you to have website content read to you. As you move the cursor over text, it is spoken aloud. Browsealoud is free to download and you have control over the voice, word pronunciations and speech highlighting.
Browsealoud may help those people who have a good understanding of the English language but do not find reading easy. It is, however, not suitable for the visually impaired.
How does it work?
You download a free, small browser plug-in. Once the plug-in has been installed, content on this site can be spoken aloud. Your computer must have a sound card fitted for Browsealoud to work and you will need speakers, or headphones.
Does it work on all pages?
Browsealoud will read every webpage on our site. It can also read pdfs in Adobe Reader Version 6.0 onwards.
Can I customise Browsealoud?
Yes. Once plugged in, look for the Browsealoud icon in your system tray, which is usually at the bottom right hand corner of your screen (beside the system clock). Right click on the icon and choose 'open Browsealoud settings' from the menu. The speech tab on the settings window enables you to choose a male or female voice, and change the speed, pitch and volume of the reader. You can set Browsealoud so it will only read the individual sentences you point to or if all the text you select.