RNIB Transcription Service
They can transcribe printed material, electronic documents and sheet music into braille, large print and digital audio:
Action Blind for People’s resource centre, in Bristol, stocks a number of products to help make reading easier. For example, they have pocket and electronic magnifiers and scanners that allow printed documents to be read with synthetic speech and other accessible formats. To find out about their opening hours follow this link:
Articles for the blind
Royal mail offer a free first class UK postal service (standard delivery for international mail) avaliable to the visual impaired and charities.
National Talking Newspapers and Magazines
TNTNPM can deliver most of the major daily and weekend papers; highlights from top selling magazines; specialist publications and Radio and TV listings. Find out more at their website:
Avon Talking Magazine Association for the Blind
Produces a free monthly publication featuring news and magazine items. It is available on a memory stick free of charge to adult blind and partially sighted people. For those who prefer another format it can be sent on cassette. Phone 0117 952 5121 for more information. www.avontm.co.uk
The Month in Bath
Provides a free monthly information tape for visually impaired people in and around the Bath area. Giving news item from the Bath Chronicle, sport, cooking, shopping, technical updates, what's on in the Bath area, - theatre, concerts, sales and so on. Telephone 01225 330 861 for more information.
Keynsham and District Talking Newspaper Association
Listeners receive a weekly cassette with 30 minutes of news selected from local newspapers, plus a 30 minute magazine with a wide range of longer items – including occasional interviews.Call 0117 299 3021 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Books in accessible formats
Most local libraries now stock books in large print and in various audio formats. For a much larger selection of books than these will have, however, here are two other options. These are:
RNIB National Library
The largest library in the UK for readers with sight loss. It offers a wide choice of fiction and non-fiction books in audio, braille and giant print for adults and children. Click here to find out more: http://www.rnib.org.uk/books
Calibre Audio Library
An easy to use, free service with a wide choice of fiction and non-fiction on standard cassettes, MP3 disks and USB memory sticks, for both children and adults. Joining details are on their website at: http://www.calibre.org.uk
Audio Described TV programmes
Many digital, freeview, cable and satellite TV providers now offer audio description for people who have difficulty seeing what’s on the screen. To find out more about how to get this service follow this link on the RNIB website:
Action for Blind People can offer advice on how you can use technology such as mobile phones, satnavs and computers to help you lead an independent life. To find out more about what support and training they offer follow this link to their website: http://actionforblindpeople.org.uk/support-and-information-page/information/everyday-life/assistive-technology/types-of-technology/
There are many ways that computers can be adapted for use by blind or partially sighted people. For example magnifiers; screen readers (that read text from the screen); and voice recognition software.
Computers can be expensive, though if you are a participant in the Access to Work scheme or an ex-serviceman or woman you may be eligible for assistance - for further help or support with computer-related queries, please call your local Action team or visit us at our website: www.actionforblindpeople.org.uk