Category: Tactile

10 October 2019

20 years of business at A2i

As we celebrate A2i’s business maturity and 20th birthday, our MD looks back over 20 years of change and looks ahead to an exciting future. By Susie Fisher A2i has grown into an established and reliable business, and 20 years is a huge success worth celebrating. I look back and remember modems, tape cassettes and …

Susie Fisher smiling

13 June 2019

Braille maths and tactile diagrams – making maths accessible

As you might imagine, Maths documents can be quite tricky to transcribe to Braille     Have you got someone starting a Maths course and they’re visually impaired? What about Biology, Chemistry or Engineering courses too – they all use maths and equations. Braille maths As you might imagine, Maths documents can be quite tricky …

Printed Maths equations

30 May 2019

Helping Liverpool Hope University make Maths accessible

Helping Liverpool Hope University make Maths accessible Customer: Liverpool Hope University A2i services: E-text versions of degree level Maths with tactile diagrams Summary: A2i provides Braille, tactile and E-text versions of course materials so a visually impaired student studying BA Mathematics has equal access to a university education. Let us help you A2i have been …

Photo of tactile diagram of Rubik's cube for university Maths course

30 May 2019

The Postal Museum, London

The Postal Museum, London – transforming their visitor experience Customer: The Postal Museum, London Services provided by A2i: Braille, large print, tactile maps, large print maps   Hannah Smith, Community Learning Officer, at The Postal Museum, comments: “A2i gave us useful advice and were helpful in producing large print and braille guides specifically tailored to …

tactile map

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 …

19 March 2018

What is the purple pound?

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 …

11 November 2017

Widening participation and accessible formats

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, …

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 …

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 – …

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