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
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
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
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!
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
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
It may seem an odd question, but just how accessible is your statement about your document’s accessibility? We often find that document accessibility statements like ‘this information is available in alternative formats on request’ are in a tiny, hard-to-read font or colour, often hidden away at the back of the document – when they should be front and centre! If you’ve already made the effort to produce your information in
Do you have customers with dyslexia or learning difficulties who might also benefit from accessible formats? Although most of the recipients of our transcriptions have sight loss, many are sighted, but are described as having a ‘print-disability’. But what does ‘print-disabled’ actually mean? “A print disabled person is a person who cannot effectively read print because of a visual, physical, perceptual, developmental, cognitive or learning disability.” So the term ‘print-disabled’
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.