Accessible services for the visually impaired

The National Council for the Blind of Ireland (NCBI) provide useful guidelines on making services more accessible for people with sight loss or visual impairment.

Specialized support services are available to help businesses meet the needs of those who are blind or visually impaired. For example, awareness training brings a greater understanding of the issues around sight loss and how to make services more accessible.

Accessible Technologies

Visually impaired people may not be able to access information or services due to inaccessible websites, or poor quality displays and touchscreens. Although the Centre for Inclusive Technology (CFIT) provides information, education and assistance in developing accessible websites.

Accessibility Audit

Undergoing an access audit of your premises may highlight certain aspects that make it difficult for people with sight loss to find their way around independently. Low-cost, simple adaptations can make premises more accessible and safer. For further infomation, contact NCBI.

The guidelines and advice mentioned above were extracted from the ISME website. ISME is an independent association for Irish Small And Medium-sized Business Enterprises. ISME provides business training, advice and mentoring services to companies throughout Ireland.

ISME membership is a cost-effective way for SME owners to continually update on issues that impact their businesses and networks, with like-minded business people.

Interested in becoming a member? Contact Sue Ellis, Business Development Officer, ISME, Independent Business Organization, 17 Kildare Street, Dublin 2; Telephone: +353 1 662 2755

The STAR Team

Reference: ISME.IE