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2017 Annual Conference & AGM

Make sure that you book your seat at the NEW LOOK Annual Conference on Wednesday 14th June 2017, 1030 to 1600.

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Accessible Stave Notation

The UKAAF Music Subject Area would like to share their work on
Accessible stave notation.  This is a summary of current electronic solutions.

The Music Subject Area of UKAAF has prepared the chart linked below and welcomes contributions from users to expand and update this.

2016 AGM is next week – 22nd June 2016
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Parabola Magazine from Talking New Federation

We have kindly been sent a copy of the Summer 2016 Edition of the Parabola Magazine from Talking New Federation and asked to circulate this to those who may be interested.

The editorial team would like your comments and feedback, please email to

Your literary contributions for future editions are also welcome.

TNF Magazine Editor: Barry Symonds,

Parabola_Magazine PDF File


Want to find out what’s happening at the ICEB this week?

The ICEB 6th General Assembly is being held in Baltimore, Maryland this week from 22 May to 26 May 2016. Our representatives Mandy White and James Bowden are very pleased to be able to attend through the generosity of RNIB and Royal Blind.

All sessions of the General Assembly will be streamed so if you want to know more about what is happening go to the ICEB Live Stream page for links to listen.

The agenda for the conference is below so you can decide which sessions you would like to tune in to.


Save the Date!

22nd June UKAAF AGM at Judd Street in London – more information to follow …

You can book your place at  UKAAF AGM using Eventbrite

Have a look at our updated website and let us know what you think!

We have recently upgraded the website to a responsive template – you can now access the site more easily on tablets and smartphones.  Keep up to date with whats happening at UKAAF while you are on the move!

Read this interesting article about “Why books need to be made more accessible for visually impaired people”.

11 May 2015 – Key Speakers for the UKAAF AGM Print

The UK Association for Accessible Formats is very pleased to announce that both Olivia Butterworth, Head of Public Voice at NHS England and Kathryn Townsend, Head of Accessibility and Inclusion at Barclays Bank, will be speaking at the 2015 UKAAF AGM on 16 June. Both speakers will be presenting on behalf of their respective organisations and reporting on how they are meeting the needs of people with a print impairment. There will also be plenty of opportunities to ask questions.

Olivia Butterworth leads the Patient and Public Voice team in Patients and Information Directorate at NHS England. Olivia’s responsibilities include promoting citizen participation and engagement in all aspects of NHS England business. Major work areas include building a citizen voice ‘assembly’, the strategic relationship with the voluntary sector, the partnership with Healthwatch England, participation in specialised commissioning and facilitating NHS England’s wider engagement approaches. Olivia has agreed to speak on the forthcoming NHS standard for Communication and Information, due to come into effect in June 2016.

Kathryn Townsend is Head of Accessibility and Inclusion at UKRBB. She currently leads the Accessibility Programme and was responsible for the early introduction of inclusive design standards at Barclays. “I was delighted to be invited to speak at the 2015 UKAAF AGM. Barclays has a long history of working hard to make themselves accessible to all people. I’m looking forward to being able to explain how we go about setting such high accessibility standards with huge success.”

Richard West, Chair of UKAAF, commented, “This is a very exciting year for UKAAF and we are very pleased to welcome both Olivia and Kathryn, from two very influential organisations, to speak at our AGM in June”.

The UKAAF Annual General Meeting is at the RNIB Judd Street premises on Tuesday, 16 June 2015. UKAAF members are invited to participate in the official AGM business in the morning and visitors are welcome to join us for the afternoon session. For more information or to book your place at the AGM, please contact


Because format quality matters


Editor Notes:

Accessible formats are alternatives to printed information, used by blind and partially sighted people, or others with a print impairment and include electronic text, large print, audio, braille, and accessible images amongst others.

UKAAF (UK Association for Accessible Formats) is the industry association improving the social inclusion of blind and partially sighted people, and others with a print impairment, by promoting better availability and quality of accessible formats.


setting standards and promoting best practice for quality accessible information based on user needs, and,
enabling businesses and organisations to deliver a quality service to meet the needs of people with print impairments.
UKAAF’s members include individuals and organisations with a vested interest in the provision of quality accessible formats: transcribers, service providers, educators, researchers, print services, publishers, and end users.

To arrange interviews, receive photographs, or for more information contact:


Phone: 0845 60 85223


21 January 2015 – Setting the Standards for Accessible PDF

The UK Association for Accessible Formats (UKAAF) is delighted to have published a minimum standard for the use of accessible PDFs for assessment today. This is a really important document for anyone in the UK who has a print impairment. It sets the minimum standard that PDFs should fulfil in order to be used successfully with assistive technology. The standard will promote inclusion in education as there is now clear criteria as to what makes a PDF file accessible. At UKAAF we hope that this will mean that increasing numbers of students will be able to have access to assessment materials in an accessible electronic format. This, in turn, will result in the raising of educational standards as there is greater inclusion with the provision of accessible assessments.

It has been suggested by assistive technology experts that there is in excess of 13% of the UK population that have a print impairment. This means that there is a very significant group of people who can benefit hugely from accessible documents. If we consider that 13% of students in schools, higher and further education have a print impairment, it is important for a minimum standard to be in place so that providers have a point of reference.

Susan Day, UKAAF’s Accessible PDF Subject Lead and Director of V I Resourcing Ltd has stated that “This minimum standard will hopefully give assessment providers who are commissioning an accessible format of assessment material, confidence in the product they are providing to students. It means that they can check that documents meet the necessary criteria to work successfully with assistive technology.”

The UK is a world leader in the assistive technology sector. UK businesses employ approximately 10,000 people in the provision and development of assistive technology products and services. It is therefore important that the UK has this minimum standard in place and that leading experts in the field of accessible PDFs for education have contributed to the development of the document. There have been contributions from representatives of national charities, advisory groups, awarding organisations, specialist teachers and commercial organisations currently providing accessible PDF files for assessment. Kate Saunders, CEO of the British Dyslexia Association, commented “This has been a hugely important project for students with dyslexia who are in education as this standard is now available for assessment providers to adopt and commit to. We are looking forward to the publication of a supporting guidance document over the next few months to complement the minimum standard”.

Archived News

22 August 2014 – Agreement reached to produce a low cost, refreshable braille display

Agreement reached to produce a low cost – PDF

09 Dec 2013 – UKAAF welcomes its international relations

UKAAF welcomes its international relations – PDF