Being able to read, whether books for pleasure, packaging on food and medicine, or information about health appointments, is important to blind and partially sighted people, yet this information is often inaccessible.
Most of the stats above are taken from My Voice, which is a valuable source of evidence on how blind and partially sighted people access information. For full references contact [email protected]. Further research on this topic can be found below.
Research exploring the consumer experience of braille on medicines; a collaborative report from the University of Birmingham and RNIB. Published in 2013.
Research into the legibility of braille produced on swell paper. Published 2011.
Research investigating the importance of the quality of accessible information, to users of accessible formats, transcribers who produce them, and service providers who pay for them. Published 2008.
Research to inform planning around tactile reading - particularly looking at potential audiences for a tactile code other than braille, and existing codes which could meet this need. Published 2008.
This study collected information from Moon experts to understand who uses the Moon code, its strengths and weaknesses and what the future is for Moon. Published 2011.
This paper considers existing research evidence looking at the relationship between age, disease and tactile sensitivity. The purpose of this work was to investigate the feasibility of developing a touch test which could determine whether someone has sufficient sensitivity in their fingers to pursue braille reading.
RNIB recognises that the world is changing quickly and the way in which we access information continues to rapidly evolve. RNIB therefore, wanted to explore the context of braille reading today and identify the characteristics and needs of different market segments. This report outlines the findings of both the quantitative and qualitative research. Published 2011.
The purpose of this project was to better understand the transcription industry in the UK. The project aimed to bring accessible format transcribers together, so all can benefit from sharing successes and good practice. Published 2011.
RNIB commissioned the University of Birmingham to conduct research into the teaching of braille to people who have lost their sight in adulthood. The report details findings from interviews with visually impaired people and service providers. Published 2009.
An international survey was carried out to explore the use of, and perceived need for tactile reading codes alternative to braille around the world. Published 2009.