The Rise of Text-to-Speech
Diane Hutton

Without a doubt, it’s an age of accessibility and convenience for the internet. It comes as no surprise that a large percentage of people live with a disability, and many of them tend to be visual disabilities. With the internet being so commonplace — practically mandatory to effectively function in today’s society — strides are being made to make things easier for those with disabilities to effectively use the internet.

It's the reason why accessibility is such a big deal for companies that want to make the most out of their opportunities. Developing a site without disabilities in mind is a waste, as you stand to lose out on so many potential clients by not taking the time to keep things accessible.

The different features that make a site accessible

There are many different ways a site can be considered accessible and convenient for online users. The most crucial is an easy-to-navigate system and a simple UI (user interface). Those that keep their content as simple as possible can get clients to the checkout page as soon as possible.

Aside from UI, there are also features such as the text size changer, where those with visual problems can make the font larger to make things easier to see. That said, it can only do so much to help those with visual disabilities. Such is the reason why text-to-speech is making waves as part of an accessibility overlay.

Why go for text-to-speech?

As stated above, there are situations where the font size can only do so much for specific individuals. With the rise of podcasts where people listen to various topics while they go about a daily routine, it showcased just how much an auditory experience can help those with disabilities.

Also, with the rise of artificial intelligence, it has become easier than ever to implement text-to-speech services for websites. For those with trouble hearing, there are also audio description services, allowing website content to be as accessible as possible.

The reason why companies should go for text-to-speech is that it’s one of the easier ways to share your content with others. Disabilities can be frustrating, but it doesn’t stop you from living everyday life, especially on the internet.

The future of accessibility

The best part is that all accessible and convenient plugins for websites count as the tip of the iceberg. There’ll eventually come a time when those with disabilities will have just as easy a time surfing the web as those without any visual and auditory problems. The future's looking bright, as strides continue to be made to help those with disabilities more easily surf the web.


There's no denying that living with a disability can be tricky. It doesn't help that as people age, their vision naturally degrades, making it more and more challenging to tackle daily tasks. Fortunately, the internet is becoming more convenient and accessible for such individuals, with companies focusing on making things more comfortable for every demographic. With a proper accessibility overlay and text-to-speech, it's become more accessible than ever to use the net for those with vision problems.