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
Bacon Butties and Assistive Technology!
We attended the first ATEC (Assistive Technology in Education Conference) on the 17th May as delegates, wondering what to expect, but with the intention of making connections with other Assistive Technology professionals and coming away with ideas and inspiration. The provision of bacon butties and hot coffee on arrival, after a very early start through … Continued
NFC Case Study – Nantwich Museum, Cheshire
As part of our continued development, we wanted to investigate the role that NFC technology can play in providing accessible resources. What we did We worked with Nantwich Museum to look at how NFC tags could provide an audio experience of the museum and some of the exhibits, for those with a sight or print … Continued
To Read or be Read to?
To read or be read to, that is the question, at least it is when it comes to using a Screen Reader for exams that test reading. Can a screen reader be used by a student in such a test or exam, when this is their usual, normal and established way or working? A Screen … Continued
What’s the Difference Between Accessibility and Usability?
Often used in the same context, Usability’ and ‘Accessibility’ are terms that can be misused and confused. Usability can be precisely defined, however accessibility has many different approaches and meanings. Usability focuses on how intuitive and easy it is for all people to use. Usable designs are consistent and simple to learn to use. Usability … Continued