How do you vote if you have sight loss?

By Katy Brickley|May 26, 2017|blog, Braille|0 comments

Unless you are blind, partially sighted, or know someone who is, it’s possible you’ve never wondered how blind people vote. But of course, just like sighted voters, blind and visually impaired people have a right to vote independently, and in secret. For a process so entrenched in the written medium, we find out how polling stations can achieve this. It’s the duty of local authorities to ensure that polling stations are

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A2i’s story

By Susie Fisher|May 11, 2017|Staff|0 comments

Susie Fisher started the company in 1999 from a small bedroom! Now many times bigger, you can read the full story here… The idea… Back in 1999 I worked in a university’s disability department, and was asked by a tutor to transcribe some course material into Braille. The internet was still quite new, and I could hardly find any suppliers online, let alone anyone who could produce work quickly. I realised

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Meet recent recruit, Marianne

By Katy Brickley|April 24, 2017|Staff|0 comments

Marianne has recently moved back to her home town of Bristol after a 20-year hiatus in Brighton. She was managing a yoga and alternative health centre in Brighton so becoming a transcriber at A2i is a big change! She is enjoying getting to know Bristol again and has arrived at a very good time – just as it’s named ‘best place to live in the UK’ amongst many other flattering

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Making maths accessible

By Katy Brickley|March 21, 2017|blog, Braille, E-text, Tactile|0 comments

A2i’s phone rings: “Hello! We have a visually impaired student at Liverpool Hope University who has enrolled on the BA Mathematics course. She’ll need course documents transcribed every week into Braille and e-text, with touchable diagrams. Can you help?”  Yes, A2i can! Many transcribers may balk at this request, but for Susie and Rosie – heading up A2i’s maths transcription team – this is a challenge relished. While Susie has

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A2i is expanding! A2i offers accessible transcription to former ‘Braille Services’ customers…

By Katy Brickley|February 27, 2017|blog, Braille|0 comments

We are thrilled to announce we are now taking on customers from social enterprise SLSB Enterprises Ltd (trading as ‘Braille Services’), a fellow alternative formats transcription agency that has recently closed its transcription service. A2i Director, Susie Fisher, offers a warm welcome to all our new clients. After working closely with the management team at Braille Services, the agency agreed to transfer its client list to A2i Transcription Services. Braille

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The blind chef and his autistic assistant

By Katy Brickley|February 26, 2017|blog|0 comments

We love this fascinating BBC News video of blind professional chef David, and his kitchen assistant Peter who has autism, working together as a team to cook food for a café in Scotland. BBC News – The cafe where the food is made by a blind cook and his autistic helper

Stick it to them! Audio on USB sticks: saving money and the environment.

By Katy Brickley|January 21, 2017|Audio|0 comments

Did you know we can produce audio on USB keys? For longer documents, regular magazines or mail-outs, producing your communications on USBs can save you money – and is a more environmentally-friendly choice. When Susie started A2i back in 1999, most customers preferred audio tapes. Today, we are rarely asked for tape transcriptions – our most requested format is audio CD. However, USB keys are an often over-looked format for audio.

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Meet transcriber, Liam Wood

By Katy Brickley|January 21, 2017|Staff|0 comments

Liam joined A2i 18 months ago, with a background in sales and customer service. Liam’s faster than lightening to pick up the phone, so he’s probably answered your query if you’ve called the office recently! In just this short time, Liam has become proficient in reading Braille and is currently working towards RNIB’s Certificate in Contracted Braille (UEB). Liam is particularly adept at overseeing the production of our audiobooks – so

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Make your tweets more accessible

By Susie Fisher|May 18, 2016|Uncategorized|0 comments

Calling all Twitter users! Do you want to make your tweets more accessible to your blind and partially-sighted followers? Twitter has recently introduced a new and simple feature to make tweeted images more accessible… By giving users the option of adding descriptions (known as ‘alt-text’) to images in tweets, Twitter has taken significant steps to making social media a more equal and accessible environment for all users. As Twitter says

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