A2i Blog

6 October 2017

Sightsavers’ work to eliminate avoidable blindness

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 …

Image of Criscent Bwambale, wearing his new glasses and smiling.

18 September 2017

The Accessible Information Standard: update

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 …

10 August 2017

Celebration and Thanks for 18 Years of Business

We had a fantastic celebration last night at The Gallimaufry. It was amazing to see so many people there who’ve been involved in A2i in some way. I would just like to say three massive thank yous… Thank you to everyone who has helped me pray about the big decisions, and helped me make the …

20 July 2017

A2i turns 18!

This year we’re celebrating our 18th birthday, and we’ll be marking this occasion with a big celebration in August! We thought our 18th would be an ideal chance to give something back to our community, so we’re also celebrating by offering 18 gifts to local organisations and businesses in Bristol. We hope they will help create …

7 July 2017

Making linguistics and language learning accessible

How can we make linguistics and 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 …

9 June 2017

A2i launches new website

We’re delighted to launch our new, user-friendly website, packed full of resources and advice to help you reach your blind, partially-sighted and print-disabled customers and end-users. You may have already noticed it, but we’ve been hard a work re-designing our website which we hope you’ll find much easier to use. The site now offers: easier to …

2 June 2017

How to write an alternative formats statement

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 …

2 June 2017

Are you reaching all print-disabled customers?

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 …

26 May 2017

Meet new recruit, Will!

Will Taylor is our newest recruit, having moved to Bristol only very recently. A super-quick learner with a background in audio production, Will is a much-valued member of the A2i team. It’s tricky to grab a photo of Will but here’s one of him (left), with Marianne, Liam and Susie hard a work! Find out …

26 May 2017

How do you vote if you have sight loss?

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 …

Image of old fashion General Election ballot box
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