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We now use Reach Deck

This website uses ReachDeck Text Help
(Click on the red circle ear icon on the top left)
… text reader
… language translator
… picture dictionary
… audio recording
… screen masking
… text magnifier
… page simplifier

How to use the buttons on the ReachDeck Toolbar:

Hover to Speak
(Read Aloud)

Hover your mouse pointer over any text on the page to hear and see the text read out loud.

To use this feature, first click the pointed finger button and then hover over text. To turn it off, click the pointed finger button again.

Or, go to Settings (gear button on the toolbar) and change the default setting from ‘hover’ to ‘click.’  With ‘Click’ turned on you can click into a sentence to start the read aloud.


When clicked, the read aloud will start from the first word at the top of the page.

Or, select a block of text and then click the Play button.


Stops reading and clears the read aloud highlighting from the page.


Pauses reading with the read aloud highlighting in view.

Multiple Word Translation

When clicked, the read aloud will start from the first word at the top of the page.

Click this button to translate the whole page into the language that you choose.

In the listing of the available languages, please notice that there is a dotted line about half way down the list. The languages listed above the dotted line are translated and read aloud and those below the dotted line are translated without read aloud. Your desired language may be above or below the dotted line.

Picture Dictionary

Defines a word through the use of a picture and there is an option to read the selected word aloud.

Click the ‘X’ in the upper right corner of the popup to close to the popup.

MP3 Maker

When clicked, the read aloud will start from the first word at the top of the page.

Select a block of text and click the MP3 button to download an audio recording of the selected text content.

Screen Masking

Shades the screen view, while leaving a small side to side clear area that follows the mouse pointer. Adjust to your liking in the settings area.

Great for reducing distraction and screen glare.

Text Magnifier

Click the Text Magnifier button to show the text being read aloud in a larger font. The text being read aloud will show at the top of the screen in a ‘ticker tape’.

Clicking the Text Magnifier button will automatically turn on the Hover to Speak button. If you prefer, you can turn the Hover to Speak off and use the Play button instead to start the read aloud with the Ticker Tape.

Click the Text Magnifier button again to turn it off.

Simplify View

Removes clutter from the screen, displaying only the main text.

Turn on Wiki-Definition and key words will show underlined. Click the underlined word(s) and see information on it. 

Change text and page color contrast, font, and size of the text, while in this Simply view.

Click the ‘X’ in the upper right corner of the toolbar to get out of Simply Page view.


Show a simple help page that explains what the ReachDeck toolbar does


Customize options to suit individual needs or preferences.

TextHelp formerly (BrowseAloud)
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Book by Elizabeth (Betty) Penny

Post Concussion Brain Empowerment– The Voyage to Happier Living,  by Elizabeth (Betty) Penny

Get Ready to Set Sail and Embark On Voyages to Discover the Keys to a Happier Life – With Brain Injury Struggle Stories Based on Real-Life Experiences!

After suffering from a brain injury, you’ll be faced with many more challenges.

What used to be so simple may now be a hurdle.

Not being able to function properly is a heavy burden that can bring about addictions and plant negative ideas in your mind.

You may also be feeling that after your brain injury, no one understands you.

But you’re not alone.

Read the firsthand experiences written from the perspective of a person that had suffered from a non-traumatic brain injury themselves and truly discover that you’re never alone.

Get onto the road to recovery with the guidance of an Acquired Brain Injury Survivor who wants to set you on the path to living a happier and more satisfying life!

In this book, you’ll discover:

· Set out on a journey: Over the course of three journeys, learn about the different types of brain injuries, how to cope, and finally be on the course of recovery and happiness.

· Techniques to assist with your recovery: Practice these simple and effective techniques that are specially crafted just for you!

· For anyone: This book isn’t just for survivors. It’s also for those that want to understand and help those that need it. Empower yourself and others around you.

· Overcome anything: Be guided through this difficult journey and come out even better than before!

· Be inspired: With stories and words of wisdom from real-life brain injury survivors. Get the perfect mix of realistic stories of victory and hardships.

Lift the anchors and get ready to set sail!

Become the Captain of your mind.

Betty’s Interview on CBC Jan 4, 2022 –