A2i Blog

19 October 2018

Accessible PDFs: what are they?

So, do you think your website is accessible? If you have PDF documents on there, then unfortunately it probably isn’t…unless you have accessible PDF’s. Have you ever listened to your online PDF documents using read-aloud software? If not, try it – you’ll see the problem!  Read-aloud programmes will struggle to access normal PDF’s. Your images, …

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28 September 2018

Accessible theatre: 5 amazing ways to enjoy a night out

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 …

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16 July 2018

Are web screen readers enough?

“…thanks but we don’t need accessible formats, we use a website screen reader on our site…”   This is unfortunately something we’re hearing more and more from our clients, but unfortunately it’s a misunderstanding which may create further barriers. We explain why… Although web screen readers such as Browsealoud and ReciteMe are highly impressive and …

12 June 2018

Say it loud: let people know about your accessibility measures

“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 …

30 May 2018

Girlguiding UK

Customer: Girlguiding UK Services provided by A2i: Production of full colour large print (Graphic Design Adaptation) Pat Wheatley, administrative assistant at Girlguiding UK wrote: “Thank you for the excellent work on our Guide G file for visually-impaired young members. I know this resource will go a long way to support girls and the leaders and will …

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23 May 2018

Getting your GDPR policies in accessible formats

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 …

22 May 2018

GDPR and access – find out what your clients really want

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 …

14 May 2018

GDPR at A2i: we’re updating our privacy policy

In the last few weeks, you’ve probably been receiving a fair few emails from companies and organisations checking whether you still want to receive their newsletters and updates. This is because the law is changing with the introduction of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), coming into effect on the 25 May 2018. This …

11 May 2018

Picture this! Making images accessible

  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 …

30 April 2018

Easy steps to make your cafe, restaurant or shop more accessible

Did you know there are 13.3 million deaf and disabled people in the UK, many with hidden disabilities? You probably don’t want to exclude disabled people from your cafe, restaurant, shop or service but perhaps you don’t realise you’re doing so. We give you some advice on easy steps you can take to make sure …

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