As UK Government, health officials and businesses grapple with the spread of coronavirus, the outbreak highlights the importance of effective and accessible communication, so everyone knows how to keep themselves and the community safe.

One in five people aged 75 and over have sight loss and many blind and partially sighted people have comorbidities. It is therefore essential that information about changes in policy, procedures or advice, is accessible, giving it the best chance of reaching those at high risk from the virus.

All public bodies, charities and businesses are in a high-pressure, fast-moving situation where vital information has to be communicated to the public extremely quickly. This can lead to such communications not going through the usual processes and accessibility checks.