RNIB statistics have shown that half of blind or partially sighted people feel “moderately” or “completely” cut off from the world around them. They also predict that by 2050 the number of people with sight loss in the UK will double to nearly 4M, while a recent Action on Hearing Loss report indicates that the number of people with hearing loss is likely to rise from one in five to one in six by 2035.
These statistics highlight that accessibility is more important than ever. However, many organisations don’t know where to start to ensure that their information is inclusive for all.
Read on to learn more about the different accessible formats that can be used to ensure that everyone can enjoy your content.
Large Print This is the most common accessible format used and involves the original materials being reproduced in a larger font. UKAAF recommend using a larger font over merely enlarging documents on a printer as this reduces the intergrity of the print.
Audio Transcription This provides access for those who are deaf, hard of hearing or have difficulty processing auditory information.
Braille A tactile writing system that allows those with visual impairments to read using their fingers.
E-Books There are a number of software options which are widely available to create accessible ePubs and eBooks which will allow all readers instant access to a book that suits them, regardless of print disability.
Accessible PDFs These are electronic files which are specially prepared for use with text-to -speech and screen reader assistive technology. They can especially benefit students who have dyslexia, visual impairment and other difficulties in reading print.
Connect can offer advice and testing to ensure that any document or format is accessible. Our team of specialists have a wide range of skills and experience and are always happy to discuss at length how we can help to make your organization accessible for all, please get in touch on 01270 449 165 if we can assist with anything.
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