Meet the wonderful companies that contribute to UKAAF financially and participate in our subject groups

RNIB, Sustaining Member
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.

1 Day Data, Sponsoring Member
1 Day Data specialise in software and process design for automating accessible print. We offer both full and partial automation from extractable pdf, XML, Text files and scanned documents. We all started as transcribers and recognize all the issues around producing accessible print – especially higher volume processing where extractable pdfs can be processed in a matter of seconds and complicated table layouts are easily converted for better readability. We offer a free demonstration of our processes and work from redacted data thus reducing any risks of data security.

A2i Transcription Services Ltd, Sponsoring Member
A2i have over 20 years experience producing accessible formats. We specialise in transcription of documents to Braille, Audio, Large Print, E-text, Easy Read, BSL videos, other languages and tactile diagrams. We transcribe documents of all sizes from 1 page letters to large books; and work with companies of all sizes, plus individuals. Our transcription staff are friendly, efficient, professional, and highly skilled in the services that we provide. We offer a fast turnaround, and produce high-quality documents to enable disabled people to have equal access to information. We work for a wide range of sectors and therefore have knowledge and experience of transcribing a variety of document-types. Our customer base includes government organisations, utility companies, the NHS, care providers, charities, translation companies, universities and colleges, councils, commercial companies, insurance providers, theatres and museums.

All Formats, Sponsoring Member
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, Sponsoring Member
Connect Design is 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 offers 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.

Crawford Technologies, Sponsoring Member
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.

Direct Access, Sponsoring Member
Established in 2004, Direct Access is an international award-winning accessibility consultancy helping organisations to be more accessible. 86% of our team have a disability providing an inherent understanding of the importance of accessible information. Working across multiple industry sectors we provide sign language videos, Braille, large print, audio and tactile formats. We hold ISO 9001 and Cyber Essentials certifications ensuring secure management of accessible information. Our dedicated production facility in Wrexham, North Wales contains the latest Index embossing systems and filming production studios. This central location facilitates a fast turnaround and dispatch of completed projects both electronically and through courier delivery.

Pia, Sponsoring Member
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.

Sight Scotland, Sponsoring Member
We’re proud of our history of enterprise. We’ve been producing accessible formats for over 125 years, providing people with sight loss with formats which enable equal access to the written word. As a leading provider of accessible media for businesses and individuals, the Scottish Braille Press’s transcription services offer visually impaired customers independence and security. We are committed to delivering a highly reliable, competitively priced service with the latest security standards in place. Our award-winning team provide transcription into Braille, Large Print and Audio. Our braille bookshop also has a range of titles available. We reinvest our profits to help fund Sight Scotland’s support for people adapting to sight loss.

Thomas Pocklington Trust, Sponsoring Member
Thomas Pocklington Trust (TPT) is a national charity which supports blind and partially sighted people to lead the lives they want to lead. Our Sight Loss Councils, led by blind and partially sighted members, tackle local issues and work with businesses and service providers to improve the accessibility of their services. Our Student Support Service helps visually impaired students from 11+ receive the support they need throughout school, college and university. Our Employment resources include advice on creating CVS and application forms, CV templates and interview tips, while our Works For Me service enables blind and partially sighted people to develop skills and confidence to thrive at work, together with advice and guidance on navigating the job market. In addition, we cultivate partnerships and work with individuals, professionals, volunteers, businesses, public sector organisations and charities who share our passion and vision for a society where blind and partially sighted people can participate fully.

Vision Support Trading Ltd, Sponsoring Member
Vision Support Trading Ltd specialises 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.