A2i Blog

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

11 May 2017

A2i’s story

Susie Fisher started the company in 1999 from a small bedroom! Now many times bigger, you can read the full story here… The idea… Back in 1999 I worked in a university’s disability department, and was asked by a tutor to transcribe some course material into Braille. The internet was still quite new, and I could …

24 April 2017

Meet recent recruit, Marianne

Marianne has recently moved back to her home town of Bristol after a 20-year hiatus in Brighton. She was managing a yoga and alternative health centre in Brighton so becoming a transcriber at A2i is a big change! She is enjoying getting to know Bristol again and has arrived at a very good time – …

21 March 2017

Making maths accessible

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 – …

26 February 2017

The blind chef and his autistic assistant

We love this fascinating BBC News video of blind professional chef David, and his kitchen assistant Peter who has autism, working together as a team to cook food for a café in Scotland. BBC News – The cafe where the food is made by a blind cook and his autistic helper …

21 January 2017

Stick it to them! Audio on USB sticks: saving money and the environment.

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 …

USB stick

21 January 2017

Meet transcriber, Liam Wood

Liam joined A2i 18 months ago, with a background in sales and customer service. Liam’s faster than lightening to pick up the phone, so he’s probably answered your query if you’ve called the office recently! In just this short time, Liam has become proficient in reading Braille and is currently working towards RNIB’s Certificate in Contracted …

18 May 2016

Make your tweets more accessible

Calling all Twitter users! Do you want to make your tweets more accessible to your blind and partially-sighted followers? Twitter has recently introduced a new and simple feature to make tweeted images more accessible… By giving users the option of adding descriptions (known as ‘alt-text’) to images in tweets, Twitter has taken significant steps to …

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