Making communication and environments accessible
Find information on how communication and environments can be made accessible for blind and partially sighted people.
There are many ways that media and written communications can be made accessible for people with sight loss.
Audio description is an extra commentary on a program or movie where a narrator describes what is happening on the screen. They'll describe body language, expressions and movements, making the story clear through sound. This helps people with sight loss to better understand the context of what they're watching.
Written materials can be transformed into audio formats that allow blind and partially sighted people to listen to them at their own pace. Talking Books, newspapers and magazines are readily available and important information such as appointment letters can also be created on request.
Braille is a language where the letters are translated into raised dots on a page that can be read by touch. Any written material can be translated into braille.
As many people with sight loss are still able to see they may choose to use large print formats where the font size is over 18 points. These can be tailored to the individual's needs with the font size increased to a level they find comfortable to read.
Many blind and partially sighted people use smartphones, tablets and computers to access websites and can zoom in or use a screenreader to understand the content of the pages. There are also settings like dark mode where they can change the colours and contrast on the screen to better suit their vision.
Any environment can be made more accessible for people with sight loss.
Bright lighting and large, bold signage can make it easier for those with partial sight to navigate an area and braille can be added to signs for people who read the language. Labelling objects can also make it easier for people with sight loss to understand their surroundings and labels can also be created in braille.
Bright and contrasting colours can be used to draw attention to possible hazards like the edge of stairs making the environment safer for those with sight loss.