UKAAF Proudly Presents the Following Member Biographies
All Formats are specialists in transcribing documents into accessible formats such as braille, audio and large print. Established over 20 years ago, we are a commercial enterprise, operating within and wholly owned by Queen Alexandra College.
The college is a national specialist college for students with disabilities and is based in Harborne, Birmingham. All Formats have a wide and varied client base from many different sectors including some of the UK’s largest companies.
We currently provide transcription services for companies in the following sectors: print houses, financial institutions, insurance companies, local authorities, restaurant chains, utility companies as well as for individuals who require our services. Our products are individually tailored to suit each client to ensure customer satisfaction and the best results for the end user
Connect Design are the UK’s leading independent specialists in transcribing documents into accessible formats. We specialise in the production of Large Print, Braille, Audio, Tactile, Easy Read and Digital Accessible products. Our experienced professional team also offer accessibility regulation guidance and education specific advice and support.
With over 30 years of experience we can support you in reaching a wider audience both within the private and public sector and ensure that you comply with equality and accessibility legislation. We use innovative and proven methods to offer a full range of products and services that will ensure your organisation meets the needs of end users and clients.
Our ISO 9001 and ISO 27001 certification means that we securely manage and deliver accessible information through our highly efficient processes which are customer centred and cost-effective. This ensures high standard products and customer service and fast turn-around times.
Please call or email to discuss how we can support you in growing your business.
Based out of Toronto Canada and Cheltenham UK, Crawford Technologies specialises in technology for printing and digitising high volume customer communications and is a recognised market leader in accessible formats.
Our technology supports both traditional accessible formats like braille, audio, large print as well as digital ones like accessible HTML and PDF. We are used by many well known service providers in their document production operations and our technology produces billions of accessible document each year.
Our goal is to make every customer communication accessible and we are particularly focussed on supporting insurers, banks, telcos, utilities and healthcare organisations.
Golden Chord is a business dedicated to providing a high quality personalised transcription service for customers who require music, music-related and other materials in braille.
Focus on Vision
Focus on Vision aims to tackle social isolation for Visually Impaired People. We have provided IT sessions, Macular self-help group and social activities, including keep fit and art classes, and outings for people who would otherwise be totally isolated.
In June 2018 we held an exhibition, at a local art gallery, of works of art completed by Visually Impaired People. This proved to be hugely popular and resulted in another exhibition in April 2019. Visitors were invited to experience the exhibitions as a visually impaired person would, with the aid of Sim Specs, this provided an insight into life without sight.
All of these activities have made an enormous difference to the people involved, forging new friendships and giving them a real sense of achievement in their work. Many now feel confident to join sighted groups in the community.
Our Transcription service, providing Braille, Large Print and Audio, is increasing constantly as we become well known for the excellent transcription work, we provide.
Pia transcribes print communication into braille and alternative formats for people with visual impairment and into easy read for people with learning difficulties. We offer a fast, professional and cost-effective service to a huge range of organisations throughout the UK.
Our aim is to provide alternative formats that match the quality and presentation of the original document, whilst maintaining the corporate image of the commissioning authority. Pia works with extremely confidential material and has robust quality monitoring processes that ensure that all our high profile customers are very satisfied with our services.
We can fulfill a range of requirements from the basic provision of ad hoc transcription of one-off documents through to high volume production and call off distribution. We are experienced data handlers and offer contract management services where distribution to regular end users or information centres is required.
Our extremely low staff turnover means that our transcribers and producers are very adept at their work. Additionally, they are all very passionate about the quality of the transcription that we provide and are committed to ensuring that the user with visual impairment is provided with an accessible format of significant quality. Pia will not be beaten on customer service and can ensure that the commissioning of alternative formats is a smooth and manageable experience for the commissioning authority and the end user.
The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) is one of the UK’s leading sight loss charities and the largest community of blind and partially sighted people. We are taking a stand against exclusion, inequality and isolation to create a world without barriers where people with sight loss can lead full lives. A different world where society values blind and partially sighted people not for the disabilities they’ve overcome, but for the people they are.
We recognise everyone’s unique experience of sight loss and offer help and support – this can be anything from practical and emotional support, campaigning for change, reading services and the products we offer in our online shop. RNIB Business Services deliver inclusive and accessible solutions enabling organisations to maximise the value of their products and services.
Our specialist teams can support and deliver a range of services including web audits, user testing, training, accessible design and consultancy, so that companies are compliant to legal guidelines and standards. These services help fund our charitable activities and support the lives of blind and partially sighted people across the UK.
Swansea University Transcription Centre
The Swansea University Transcription Centre (SUTC) is a free service to Swansea University students and staff who have a cognitive or physical print disability and/or hearing impairment. The Centre has been providing accessible formats to students at Swansea University and other HE institutions in an official capacity since 1995. The Centre is unique in Wales and one of half a dozen dedicated university transcription centres in the UK.
Formats provided include braille, large print, electronic text, searchable pdfs with interactive links, tactile diagrams, DAISY recordings and transcripts of audio files.
Provision of accessible, alternative formats has enabled students with print and hearing impairments to study a wide array of subjects and successfully complete years abroad as part of their studies. What’s more, accessible formats created in the SUTC are shared nationally on the RNIB’s educational lending platform, RNIB Bookshare, making them available to students and educators throughout the UK.
Based within Library Services, the SUTC team works closely with academic departments, the Disability Office and the Centre for Academic Success (CAS) to provide a holistic, student-centred service. Each student has a designated Transcription Co-Ordinator who will work closely with academic staff to provide transcripts of lecture handouts, PowerPoints and other materials in an accessible format.
It is not unusual for the SUTC to support a student from Undergraduate Degree through to Masters but 2018 was the first year, which saw a blind student who started at Swansea University as an undergraduate also be accepted on a PhD program.
TAVIP (Technology Association of blind people) is a well-established charity formerly the British Computer Association of the blind. Our focus is on peer support.
We run a discussion list on all aspects of technology, a monthly helpline for members, take inquiries from members of the public. In addition, we run webinars over a platform known as Zoom which can be accessed on a computer and a range of mobile devices.
Many of our members are braille users and our scholarship fund is keen to support those who wish to acquire a recognised qualification in UEB (Unified English Braille).
Contact details are:
Tel: 0203 637 6070
The Scottish Braille Press
The Scottish Braille Press is part of the registered charity Royal Blind (no.SC017167), and a leading UK provider of high quality accessible media, transcribing documents for a wide range of clients into Braille, Large Print and Audio formats for blind and visually impaired people.
We deliver the highest of security standards and quality assurance for our clients, which meets the very exacting requirements of the financial and government sectors. We have the following accreditations: Cyber Essentials, ISO 27001, ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and PCI-DSS. In addition, we produce books in Braille. We also provide supported employment opportunities for disabled people in particular those with a visual impairment and are proud that Royal Blind as a whole is a Level 2: Disability Confident employer and is Investors in People (IIP) accredited
Vision Support Trading Ltd
Vision Support Trading Ltd specialise in the commercial transcription of information into alternative formats such as Braille, audio and modified large print on behalf of clients across a wide range of industries.
All our profits go to our parent charity, Vision Support, which provides support to visually impaired people in Cheshire and North East Wales.