Picture this! Making images accessible

  Have you ever thought about how blind and partially sighted people access images? When clients send us documents to transcribe, they often assume we simply omit images. But it’s actually a bit more complicated than that… When we transcribe a document into an accessible format, we strive to create equal access to information. As such, when we come across an image we ask ourselves what the author of the

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Easy steps to make your cafe, restaurant or shop more accessible

Did you know there are 13.3 million deaf and disabled people in the UK, many with hidden disabilities? You probably don’t want to exclude disabled people from your cafe, restaurant, shop or service but perhaps you don’t realise you’re doing so. We give you some advice on easy steps you can take to make sure you’re not creating unnecessary barriers… Is your door easy to open? Is there a big

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How to convert documents into Large Print accessible format

 How to get documents translated into Large Print Have you been asked to produce your information in Large Print?  You may be thinking, “…surely I can just magnify my document on the photocopier?” Or “Maybe I’ll just increase the font size…” We explain below why it can be a bit more complex than that, and how our team of accessible information specialists at A2i can help make your documents accessible

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What is the purple pound?

The term ‘purple pound’ is now widely used to refer to the collective spending power of disabled people. This spending power is estimated to be worth about £249bn to the UK economy. Apart from being a legal duty, if you don’t make your products and services accessible to people with disabilities, you risk losing this potential business. Can you afford to do so? Stand out from the crowd: be accessible

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How to look after your voice when podcasting

Thinking of starting a podcast? Here’s how to make sure your voice doesn’t suffer… So you’ve got yourself a mic and something important to say but stop right there! Before you start your podcast, read these tips from our expert audio team on how to look after your voice… they’ll help protect your throat and ensure you sound consistent and professional. Warm up exercises It’s wise to do a little

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Website accessibility

We are committed to making A2i’s website as accessible as possible to all users including people with disabilities. We have therefore designed our website to meet Level AA of the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0. We believe our site meets all the criteria listed for Level AA conformance. For example, we always use Alt tags for all images, except where an image is for visual effect only, or where

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A2i’s Intro Video

Here’s the full script of A2i’s Introduction Video: A2i – making information accessible So your customers need alternative formats 2 access your information? You’ve come to the right place – for a transcription service that is professional “our experts have been producing alternative formats since 1999” prompt “we work super-fast, with most orders dispatched in 3 to 4 working days” personal “we can always chat about your bespoke documents and

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How much do you know about Braille?

    So what do you know about Braille? Test your knowledge here in our fun quiz How did you do? Do you have any questions about Braille? Just ping us an email, we’ll be happy to help. You can also follow us on Twitter: @a2itranscribes  Or for top accessibility tips straight to your inbox, sign up for our newsletter

A2i’s top facts about alternative formats

How many people read Braille in the UK? How many books are available in alternative formats? What font size is Large Print? You’ll find all these statistics and more in our handy infographic about alternative formats Let us know any if you have any questions about accessible formats or the transcription process – we’ll be happy to help answer them!  Sign up to our to brief newsletter for more accessibility tips and knowledge!

Widening participation and accessible formats

What steps can you take to reach all your print-disabled students and potential students? Making sure your prospectus and open day brochures are available in alternative formats is the first stage in widening participation for students who are visually impaired or otherwise print-disabled. Taking the initiative and having these documents already transcribed and on the shelf, ensures that when you do have a request from a prospective student for an accessible

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