About

Founded in 2009, the UK Association for Accessible Formats (UKAAF, pronounced “u-caff”) is an industry association with a powerful blend of accessible format industry experience and expertise, and user voices, brought together by the recent merger of three former industry associations: COTIS (Confederation of Transcribed Information Services), UKABP (UK Association of Braille Producers), and BAUK (the Braille Authority of the UK).

All three associations agreed unanimously during 2008 to join forces to make better use of resources, and to make a bigger impact for the benefit of blind and partially sighted people.

This gives us a coordinated and more powerful voice to develop and promote codes, standards, and best-practice for the production and provision of accessible formats (such as large print, braille, audio, electronic text, accessible images etc), based on user needs.

It also makes it much easier for service providers and transcribers to find out how they should be providing quality materials in accessible formats to people with print impairments, and for end-users to share their requirements with service providers and to find out what they should be expecting of their service providers.

As an industry association the work we do is carried out by members, from their own organisations, or in their own time. Read more about how we’re organised, and our constitution.

UKAAF is a member of

  • International Council For English Braille (ICEB)
  • TNF

Vision

A world in which blind and partially sighted people and other print-disabled people receive quality accessible formats which meet their reading needs.

Mission

We will realise our vision by setting standards for accessible formats that meet end user needs through:
  • development, delivery and promotion of codes, standards, and best-practice for the production and provision of accessible formats.
  • consultation and collaboration with transcribers, service providers and users of accessible formats.

Values

UKAAF delivers:
  • Choice – by promoting the availability of complementary and diverse accessible formats.
  • Quality – by working nationally, and internationally, on codes and standards for accessible formats.
  • Community – by placing people with print disabilities at the heart of our work and respecting all cultures and values.
  • Experience – by involving all members in our work and sharing user-centred knowledge.
  • Independence – by facilitating effective communication to individual print-disabled people.