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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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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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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How to write an alternative formats statement [template]

By Katy Brickley|June 2, 2017|Accessibility, Audio, blog, Braille, E-text, Easy Read, Large Print|0 comments

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

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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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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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