Accessible theatre: 5 amazing ways to enjoy a night out

By Susie Fisher|September 28, 2018|Accessibility, Audio, blog, Braille, Easy Read, Large Print, Uncategorized|0 comments

Going to the theatre is special. Whether it’s to see a colourful musical, the latest smash-hit play or a festive family pantomime, these are treats that we should all be able to enjoy. Having a physical, sensory or mental disability does not mean you cannot experience the thrill of live performance. Did you know that theatres across the UK offer a selection of options to make their shows accessible to

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Say it loud: let people know about your accessibility measures

By Katy Brickley|June 12, 2018|Accessibility, Audio, blog, Braille, E-text, Easy Read, Large Print, Uncategorized|0 comments

“No thanks, we don’t need your accessibility services – we don’t have any blind customers…” As a company devoted to making information accessible to people who are blind and visually-impaired, this is something we hear quite a lot. And, to be honest, it’s a little frustrating. Businesses and services should understand that customers often don’t ask for documents in accessible formats because they might not know you’re happy to offer them

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Getting your GDPR policies in accessible formats

By Katy Brickley|May 23, 2018|Accessibility, Audio, Braille, E-text, Easy Read, Large Print, Podcast, Uncategorized|0 comments

We hope you’re nearly there with your own preparations for GDPR, coming into force on 25 May. But please don’t forget your print-disabled customers, as they’ll need to read GDPR policies too. For support making your policy documents accessible for your blind and print disabled contacts, get in touch – we’re happy to help! For example, why not get your GDPR policy statement transcribed into Audio format and uploaded to

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GDPR and access – find out what your clients really want

By Katy Brickley|May 22, 2018|Accessibility, Audio, Braille, E-text, Easy Read, Large Print, Uncategorized|0 comments

Contacting your clients about GDPR? Find out their preferred format at the same time. Did you know that not all blind people read Braille? Some people may prefer Large Print, Audio or E Text formats. Some of your customers with failing eyesight might not even be aware of the opportunity to read information in Large Print. And don’t forget that Easy Read format is an increasingly popular way for people with learning disabilities

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Picture this! Making images accessible

By Katy Brickley|May 11, 2018|Accessibility, Audio, blog, Braille, E-text, Large Print, Tactile|0 comments

  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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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 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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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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