Article from Global News

More than four in 10 adult Canadians have trouble reading this sentence, according to the Canadian Literacy and Learning Network.

If that number seems high, it’s likely because people often hide their struggles, fearing stigma or discrimination.

“The incidence of dyslexia and learning disabilities or developmental disabilities or lack of literacy is far greater than most people realize,” said Jutta Treviranus, director of the Inclusive Design Research Centre at OCAD University in Toronto.

“They are reluctant to self-identify as requiring assistance.”

That’s where European-based ReadSpeaker comes in.

“ReadSpeaker is working towards a vision of a world in which people can access digital information through our speech technology, anywhere and anytime,” said Michael Hughes, ReadSpeaker’s Canadian business manager, in an email.

ReadSpeaker is a text-to-speech converter, designed to read text on websites out loud.