Communication and environment

Fingers on brailleHere you will find information on communicating with blind and partially sighted people, producing accessible formats and ensuring that your environment is accessible.

Communication and accessible formats

This section contains resources that will help you produce accessible materials for blind and partially sighted people.

Audio description

Blind and partially sighted people may have difficulty following the plot or story line of a TV programme. If so they may find that audio description can assist them. Like a narrator telling a story, an additional commentary describes body language, expressions and movements, making the story clear through sound.

Transcription services

Our transcription team takes original copy and transforms it into accessible formats - including braille, large and giant print, audio and EasyRead - in quantities that meet your needs. Find our more about our transcription services by RNIB Business.

Making your website accessible

We can audit an existing website to help you identify work which needs to be done to improve its accessibility. Alternatively we can carry out a development audit as you design and build a new website or redesign a website. All audits are carried out with all users in mind. This includes people with sight loss, hearing, mobility and cognitive impairments. For further information see our RNIB Business pages.

Environment

This section contains resources to help you ensure that the environment is safe and suitable for blind and partially sighted people.

Bigger, bolder, brighter

Our adapting your home section covers a range of ways you can make the environment suitable for blind and partially sighted people, including practical adaptations and labelling.

With Thomas Pocklington Trust, we have produced a guide to help you make the most of light throughout the environment. You can download a copy by visiting our lighting section.

Care Home guide

Our Care Home guide 'Seeing it from their side - A guide to recognising and supporting sight loss in your care home' also has many useful tips for modifying the environment to suit blind and partially sighted people. You can download it from our care home and residential page.

Reduce the risk of falls

We have put together some information on how older people with sight loss can reduce their risk of falling. The section includes a top 10 tips, information on putting together a fall prevention plan, and what to do if someone falls. Visit our reduce your risk of falls page.

Building accessibility services

We can help you to make your physical spaces accessible to all, ensuring everyone who visits or works in your buildings can find their way around with ease. For more information visit the RNIB Business pages.