Category: Connect News
In an age when every other advert seems to feature some sort of new-found chemical to make you feel better than ever before, make your skin softer or make your washing whiter than white, is neurodiversity just another buzzword? The term was first coined by the American statistician and social scientist Judy Singer in the … Continued
Apple to Introduce Disability Emojis in March 2019
Emojis are the universal language of the digital age, but this is not an inclusive club. For many these image-based characters don’t represent them, or their family members who may be living with a disability. Apple have responded by introducing avatars that represent these disabilities such as hearing aids, wheelchairs, prosthetic limbs and guide … Continued
Why make your VLEs Accessible?
In recent years, many Further and Higher Education Institutions have developed Virtual Learning Environments, or VLEs, to engage staff and students in continuous learning. Used well, this can be a valuable resource to enhance learning, but how can inclusivity and accessibility be guaranteed? This blog post addresses some of the key features of VLEs and … Continued
Accessible documents in the digital age
I received a letter from my utility provider the other day in a really small font size, maybe 10 point. There was a message in a slightly larger size (about 14 point) advising the reader of how to get a copy of the document in a larger or accessible format. However, many of us now … Continued
Assistive Technology and Disabled Students’ Allowance
I took part today in a really interesting and worthwhile cross party parliamentary consultation at the House of Commons about the provision of assistive technology within the DSA allowance. A mix of MPs and other professionals working within education brought a wealth of information and suggestions for improvement within the sector. The provision of support … Continued
Transcription – which formats are suitable for your organisation?
Transcription is a varied field, with multiple options for accessible resources which cater to different needs. While having a variety of formats is extremely important, especially with statistics showing that 250 people in the UK start to lose their sight every day, the amount of choice can make it difficult to know what formats are … Continued
An Interview With Connect’s Lead Braille Designer
What does it take to learn braille? Connect’s Lead Braille Designer, Emilia discusses the learning process and describes what a typical day in the studio is like. Can you tell us a bit more about your role at connect? As Lead Braille Designer, I oversee the modifications, transcription, and quality control of all braille products. … Continued
Which Accessible Formats Are Suitable For Your Organisation?
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 … Continued
How To Make Your Organisation More Accessible
It’s important to make sure your website and company literature is accessible for everyone, particularly those with disabilities. Our tips below highlight several ways you can make sure that everyone can access your content. Website Content Alternative Text Screen readers used by those with visual impairments have no way of processing images, therefore it’s important … Continued
Why Accessibility is Important
What do YOU think of when you hear the word ACCESSIBILITY? Is it …. OR OR You may answer ALL of the above! Accessibility means giving people access to the world around them whether that be access to a building for a wheelchair user via a ramp or by producing an electronic book which will … Continued