Library Article Databases & ADA Accessibility
The library's databases present articles and abstracts in two different formats: PDF or HTML. HTML articles may be read by read aloud software very easily. PDFs can present some issues. PDF accessibility depends on how the articles were scanned. In some cases, security features (to prevent the document from being altered) may interfere with a PDFs accessibility.
Adobe Acrobat Reader
Adobe Reader and Adobe Acrobat both have a read aloud feature. This feature will allow pdfs that are ADA accesible to be read out loud for patrons.
NOTE: The absolute best way to make use of Adobe's accessibility features is to use Adobe in conjunction with your assistive technology screen reader software. In the library, screen reader software is available in the Media Center on the Adaptive Workstation.
The instructions below are intended for machines that do not have assistive technology installed on them.
To turn the read aloud feature on:
To pause, select a specific section, or, read to the end of the document, select view, the read out loud option, and then the appropriate option (pause, etc.)
Built in ADA Accessibility Features in Databases
All of the EBSCO vendor databases (see list below) have a read aloud feature for HTML articles that may be manually activated.
List of EBSCO databases with the Read Aloud Feature (called Text-to-Speech in the databases):