How much do you know about Braille?

By Katy Brickley|November 20, 2017|Accessibility, blog, Braille|0 comments

    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

By Katy Brickley|November 20, 2017|Accessibility, Audio, blog, Braille, E-text, Large Print|0 comments

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

By Katy Brickley|November 11, 2017|Accessibility, Braille, E-text, Tactile, Uncategorized|0 comments

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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New test may spot glaucoma early

By Katy Brickley|October 30, 2017|blog, Eye health|0 comments

We’re been really excited to read about recent research from University College London, where researchers have developed a test that may spot glaucoma years – even a decade – before we notice any visual impairment. Glaucoma is when the optic nerve – connecting your eye to brain – becomes damaged, leading to sight loss if not detected. As glaucoma is the main cause of irreversible blindness with around 60 million

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Getting accessible customer-service right first time

By Katy Brickley|October 16, 2017|Accessibility, Audio, blog, Braille, Easy Read, Large Print|0 comments

Recent research into how sensory-impaired people access disability benefits highlights problems in the PIP benefits application process. These problems are unnecessary, and hinder people from accessing the benefits they both rely on, and are entitled to. Ensuring people can access their disability benefits is of utmost priority, and these issues need to be addressed. But we think that the report’s recommendations are applicable to many client-facing services. In this post, we

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Sightsavers’ work to eliminate avoidable blindness

By Katy Brickley|October 6, 2017|blog|0 comments

It’s World Smile Day, and who can forget Criscent’s smile after his double cataract operation by Sightsavers? Today we’re instantly reminded of Criscent Bwambale from Uganda, wearing his new glasses after having life-changing double cataract surgery at the age of six. BBC News In Pictures documents Criscent’s experience. Criscent’s operation was made possible by Sightsavers, a charity working to eliminate avoidable blindness around the world, and support people with a visual impairment

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The Accessible Information Standard: update

By Katy Brickley|September 18, 2017|Accessibility, Audio, blog, Braille, E-text, Easy Read, Large Print|0 comments

How A2i can help you comply with the Accessible Information Standard The UK government’s Accessible Information Standard came into force from the 1st August 2016. You may already know that the Standard requires publicly funded health and social care organisations to ensure patients, service-users, their parents and carers can get information in an accessible format – such as Braille, Large Print, Audio, Easy Read or via Email. The Standard also

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A2i turns 18!

By Susie Fisher|July 20, 2017|blog, Staff, Uncategorized|0 comments

This year we’re celebrating our 18th birthday, and we’ll be marking this occasion with a big celebration in August! We thought our 18th would be an ideal chance to give something back to our community, so we’re also celebrating by offering 18 gifts to local organisations and businesses in Bristol. We hope they will help create a more accessible environment, while spreading awareness of sight loss.  They include… A Braille Menu

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Making linguistics and language learning accessible

By Katy Brickley|July 7, 2017|Accessibility, blog, Braille, Tactile|1 comments

How can we make linguistics and foreign language learning accessible for visually impaired students? I’ve just returned from a very fruitful and inspiring workshop, ‘Accessible Linguistics for Visually Impaired Students’ (ALVIS), organised by York St John university exploring just this. Students, academics, teachers and professionals from Brazil, Poland and across the UK gathered in the beautiful city of York last week to discuss and share information on how to make linguistics courses

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A2i launches new website

By Katy Brickley|June 9, 2017|blog, Uncategorized|0 comments

We’re delighted to launch our new, user-friendly website, packed full of resources and advice to help you reach your blind, partially-sighted and print-disabled customers and end-users. You may have already noticed it, but we’ve been hard a work re-designing our website which we hope you’ll find much easier to use. The site now offers: easier to find information in a more intuitive format a resources page offering guidance such as our ‘Guidelines

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