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.

RNIB WebDocs

RNIB WebDocs service has been designed to help you turn short Microsoft Word documents like letters, leaflets and lists of services into accessible formats such as braille, large print or audio CD. For more information on these services, visit the Services section of 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 visit the visit the Services section of RNIB Business.


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 the Care home and residential section.

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 section.

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 Services section of RNIB Business.