How to convert documents into Large Print accessible format

By Katy Brickley|March 19, 2018|Accessibility, blog, Large Print|0 comments

 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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How to get documents translated into audio

By Katy Brickley|March 19, 2018|Accessibility, Audio, blog, Uncategorized|0 comments

You’ve been asked for an audio version of your magazine or report. You know it’s important for accessibility, but what is an audio version? And what do you do next? Let A2i help you reach everyone Documents translated into an audio format are useful for people who are print-disabled – for example, people with sight loss, dyslexia or people with learning difficulties. Providing an audio version allows these people to

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What is the purple pound?

By Katy Brickley|March 19, 2018|Accessibility, Audio, blog, Braille, E-text, Easy Read, Large Print, Tactile, Uncategorized|0 comments

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

By Katy Brickley|March 16, 2018|Accessibility, Audio, Podcast|0 comments

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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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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