ReachDeck Toolbar


Add speech, reading and translation support to your website or blog with the ReachDeck Toolbar

Want to provide a better experience for your website or blog visitors?

Millions of people can’t understand the information on your website or blog site – they can with the ReachDeck Toolbar.

Our innovative support software, ReachDeck, helps to reduce the barriers between your content and your audiences by adding speech, reading and translation to your website or blog site. This support helps you reach a much wider audience – such as those with dyslexia, low literacy, mild visual impairments or where English is a second language.

What does the ReachDeck Toolbar do?

Text-to-speech: makes online services and information more accessible with a choice of read aloud voices, different reading speeds and highlighters to enhance understanding.

Translation: translates web pages into 99 languages and can read aloud 40 of the most commonly used languages including Spanish and Chinese.

MP3 Creation: instantly converts online content into audio versions for easy offline listening.

Screen Masking: blocks online clutter – letting the user focus on the text they want to read.

Web Page Simplifier: removes distracting content creating a simple format for online information – ideal for those with dyslexia, cognitive or learning disabilities.

Custom Settings: users can tailor the settings to suit their individual needs and preferences.

What our customers say

Student Loans Company, UK

“Identifying ways of improving digital accessibility for our customers is of the utmost importance to us and the ReachDeck Toolbar is an ideal solution as it is simple to use, free to the customer, and also compatible with mobile devices.”

Elections Nova Scotia, Canada

“Adding the ReachDeck Toolbar to our websites is reflective of our commitment to accessibility in every aspect of Nova Scotia elections, particularly for those persons and groups most likely to experience difficulty in exercising their democratic rights.”


How to get the ReachDeck Toolbar

  • If you haven’t already signed up for ReachDeck you can get a free 30-day
    trial here:
  • The best way to install this plug-in is to add it via your WordPress
    Dashboard. Click Install Now to install this
  • You can also download this file, and unzip it into wp-content/plugins on your
    Wordpress website
  • Once installed, look for ReachDeck Toolbar in your list of plugins on your dashboard
    and activate it

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Contributors & Developers

“ReachDeck Toolbar” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.


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  • Added speech for Bengali, Malay, Punjabi, Serbian, Telugu & Vietnamese
  • Minor bug fixes


  • Added speech for Tagalog, Lithuanian, Bulgarian & Croatian
  • Minor bug fixes


  • Added speech for Tamil translation
  • Accessibility Updates
  • Minor bug fixes


  • Tested up to WordPress version 6.2


  • Added a new Toolbar configuration to allow customers to enable image alt tags to be read in a sentence
  • Continued security and performance updates


  • Minor bug fixes and performance updates
  • Accessibility updates
  • Local fixes/updates
  • Added a link to Texthelp User Terms


  • Minor bug fixes performance updates


  • Updated Accessibility compliance
  • Minor performance updates
  • Minor bug fixes


  • Tested up to WP version 6.0


  • Minor accessibility updates, bug fixes and security updates


  • Minor bug fixes and performance updates
  • Enhanced customer configuration:
    *Speak aria-hidden control
    *Speak hidden elements control


  • Added 5 new voices (Danish, Persian, Icelandic, Ukrainian & Hebrew)
  • Updated the Translate list UI to enable search and a visual to which languages support speech
  • Added auto focus on the first button of the toolbar when launched (beneficial for keyboard accessibility)
  • Minor bug fixes and security updates


  • Fix for iOS v15 click events
  • Updated the Texthelp Privacy Policy


  • Remove Translate option from Mobile if the feature has been disabled via the portal
  • Fixed a contrast issue in the Simplify tool
  • HTML update on the Launchpad


  • Added new dark and light theme
  • Added ReachDeck branding and logo
  • Added new launchpad icons and colours
  • Added new server locations
  • PDF updates


  • Activation improvements


  • WordPress update – now requires WP v5.7, tested to v5.8


  • Tested on WP 5.8


  • Minor bug fixes and performance updates


  • Minor bug fixes and performance updates


  • Added new translation icon
  • Minor feature updates for usability
  • Improved usability of hover speech after page navigation


  • Retaining links on simplify page
  • Minor bug fixes
  • Security updates


  • Removed infinite loop on floating launchpad images (now loops just once)
  • Improved performance when reading form inputs
  • Added EU credit on the simplify UI
  • Accessibility updates
  • Minor bug fixes


  • Re-introduced the floating toolbar with new UX
  • Added a smart toolbar loader for codeless version control
  • Added legacy toolbar for IE11 and MS Edge 18
  • Portal Updates for version selection and toolbar type
  • Bug fixes


  • New toolbar and new UX on tablet and desktop
  • New settings panel (no scrolling, easier to use)
  • Toolbar pushes down from the top of the page
  • New page simplifier
  • Definitions feature in page simplifier
  • Cookie handling improvements – customers can now integrate these options in their own cookie panels
  • User preferences now persist in Local Storage instead of cookies
  • Warning banners no longer displayed at top of webpage when starting BA for the first time
  • Added English language name to the translate list
  • Added customer feedback and website links
  • Changes to Portal to simplify default theme selection
  • Irish Gaelic voice added


  • Added Swedish to the Picture Dictionary service
  • Added Flemish (Vlaams) to the translation/speech list
  • Toolbar now expands/retracts if Picture Dictionary is available in the selected language


  • Added picture dictionary to the toolbar


  • Updated browsealoud script version


  • Version 5 compatibility


  • Updated browsealoud script version


  • Bug fix – use a trigger instead of echoing to the page directly


  • Added SRI integrity checking
  • Added crossorigin parameter
  • Changed from using wp_enqueue_script() to using an action on wp_footer


  • Forced the use of HTTPs, and locked the version to 2.5.1


  • Excluded http from url so that the URL works for http and https sites


  • Inserts script required to run Browsealoud to site footer