At PHD ABI Services accessibility is our top priority. Not only do we take every opportunity to increase the overall accessibility of our structural buildings but we also implement accessible options into our daily programs and communication styles.

PHD ABI Services has an appointed Accessibility Officer, Barbara Gilchrist, to ensure the Agency's practices and environments are in alignment with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). If you have any suggestions, questions or concerns regarding the accessibility of the PHD ABI Services website or Agency as a whole, please don't hesitate to contact Barbara at

For a comprehensive overview of our Agency's current accessibility status, please see our PHD ABIS Accessibility Plan: Accessibility Plan

While browsing this site, you may notice a number of options to increase your access to and enjoyment of the information and material provided. Please see below for an outline of the accessible features available to you.

Font Sizes

Clicking the Font + and Font - buttons in the toolbar will increase or decrease your font

Across the top bar of the site, you will notice two buttons marked 'Font +' and 'Font -'. You can click either of these at any time to increase or decrease the font size displayed on the website.

Interface Display

No matter what device you use to access the PHD ABI Services website, it will load in response to your devices size. This is called responsive design, meaning that the site will be easy to use and navigate whether you are on a computer, laptop, tablet or on your smart phone.

Browse Aloud – Brief Tutorial

Clicking the Listen with BrowseAloud button will open the BrowseAloud toolbar

Browse Aloud is a program that converts text found on the website to speech. This is especially useful if you have visual impairments or find it difficult to read large amounts of text on an electronic device.

Other features of the Browse Aloud program include colour contrast, translator, screen masking, text magnification, PDF reading and MP3 maker. See below for a visual demonstration of how to interact with the Browse Aloud tool.



The Text to Speech button

Improves comprehension and understanding by highlighting each word as it is read aloud and, simultaneously highlighting the sentence or paragraph in a contrasting colour. This allows the users to easily identify what text is being read aloud and to navigate within and between web pages.

Spoken and Written Translation

The spoken and written translation button

Browse Aloud translates web pages into 74 languages and speaks the translated text where there us a matching voice available (which is currently 34 languages).

Text Magnification

The text magnification button

Magnify text as it is being read aloud with Browse Aloud. The magnified text is displayed with highlighting in a single line at the top of the screen as the text is being read aloud. This allows users with visual impairments to access even the smallest of text on a web page.

MP3 Generation

The MP3 Generation button

Convert the text on the page to an MP3 file. The text can be saved by the user and listened to at a later time, at home or on the move.

Screen Mask Block distractions on your screen.

The screen mask button

A semi-opaque black mask extends across your screen, leaving a letterbox reading window clear. This view helps users to focus on the section of web page they are most interested in and ignore the unnecessary 'clutter'.

Web Page Simplifier

The webpage simplifier button

Remove clutter from your screen. This feature presents the current web page in a more user-friendly layout that is free from the secondary information on the page. Once simplified, the text can be summarized, translated and printed to help further digest the information.