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What is your pricing & turnaround time to obtain accessible textbooks for low vision and blind students?

This is a hot topic that gets asked time and time again by our customers, but it’s an appropriate question when ensuring your blind and low vision students receive their accessible education in a timely fashion as their sighted peers. 

The truth is…

We strive to have a student’s learning material delivered to them a week prior to the teaching of the subject matter. However, the turnaround time and cost depends on the size, complexity of the text, and number of output pages needed to produce the text. 

Why is this so?

Jeff Jullion - Aug 19, 2015

What is the minimum font size for large print?

The common misconception about large print is that it is sufficient to simply photocopy or scan documents using a machine’s zoom feature. A member of the Hawaii Department of Transportation who attended the 2015 ADA Symposium asks a relevant and common question we often receive about large print standards: What is the minimum font size for large print? 

Sue Costa - Jul 16, 2015

Are wealth management statements in alternate formats enough for customers?

We recently received a phone call from a wealth management company asking if wealth management statements in alternate formats are sufficient for providing accessible financial documents. Our Senior Account Manager, Blair MacPherson expands on this topic:
 
Wealth Management Statements (issued monthly and quarterly) should be provided to customers in alternate formats along with any other information sent to  fully sighted customers that they can expect to receive on a regular basis.
 
Blair MacPherson - Jun 04, 2015

Will technology change the delivery of alternate formats on site?

T-Base Communications was proud to be the official alternate format sponsor at this year’s ADA Symposium and have the opportunity to bring our expertise on providing accessible communications to this year’s symposium for all attendees. An excellent question relating to technology and the effect of the delivery of alternate formats on site was brought to our attention as one of our #asktbase questions asked at our exhibit booth.
 
Shannon Collier - May 15, 2015

Is photocopying a statement or document for a low vision customer acceptable?

Image of a large print billing statementMany organizations that use photocopying to enlarge regular print statements are doing themselves, their large print customers and their brand a great disservice. To fully address accessibility issues, and communicate effectively with the low vision customers, organizations must go beyond standard design methods. Using a photocopier's zoom feature to increase readability for users requiring large print is not recommended. Photocopying can result in reproduction issues such as low contrast and poor quality. In addition, photocopying does not adhere to the large print standards for the uniformity of font size and style, high contrast, and layout design.

Sue Costa - Mar 11, 2015

Why is it important to provide large print?

Large print documents for low vision users, (often referred to as large format, large print format or large font) correctly produced, follow a set of guidelines that improve readability beyond standard design and formatting. This includes a larger point size for characters, plus the use of sans-serif fonts, increased spacing and improved contrast, amongst many other key features. 
 
Sue Costa - Mar 06, 2015

Large print - going beyond standard design methods

According to the World Health Organization, there are an estimated 246 million people worldwide living with low vision. It is reasonable to expect that the group of older individuals who have low vision will grow and as a result, the demand for large print will rise.

February is low vision awareness month, which provides an opportunity for companies evaluate how their communications with their low vision customers is impacting their company, brand, and from an important business perspective, ensuring their compliance with accessibility legislation. 

Deanna White - Feb 01, 2014

Continued Access

As one of the two involved organizations, both dedicated to the delivery of accessible services to blind and partially sighted Canadians, I am excited to announce that going forward, T-Base will be providing alternate format statements on behalf of CNIB's current Autobill clients.

Sharlyn Ayotte - Feb 10, 2009
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