Services for Blind and Partially Sighted


Translation and interpretation services at Atlas are not limited to the written and spoken word. We can also provide full language support for the Blind and partially sighted with Braille and reading to tape. Are you communicating with ALL your clients? A Braille menu is so appreciated. And those terms and conditions supplied as an audio file your client can hear? That’s inclusive customer service.

So no matter what you require, we will make sure that you understand what is being said. Note that those qualified to offer these services are few in number, and in demand, so we do recommend that you book well in advance. Get more information using the Chat box here on our website, email, or call us on 01727 812 725.

And we can help with other visual communication services.  Atlas Translations can support these requirements.

Services for the Blind and partially sighted include:

Braille services – transcribing labels, letters, books, restaurant menus, pictures, diagrams and course notes (including mathematic studies to degree-level), in any one of 20 languages. Documents produced can be created in single or double-sided form and bound or covered.

Braille – a small number of blind and partially sighted people use tactile systems such as Braille or Moon. Braille consists of raised dots which can be read with the forefinger. Each combination of dots represents a different letter or number. All kinds of materials can be put into Braille, however pictures, diagrams etc. can be more difficult to render in Braille.

Moon – a very small number of older people use Moon as a tactile alternative to Braille. Moon is easy to learn and the letters are easier to feel because they consist of lines and curves rather than dots.

Large Print – providing large print format for the visually impaired involves a lot more than just increasing font size. Apart from adjusting a text’s layout, colours and fonts also need to be taken into consideration, so that the text is easier to track visually.

Recording onto tape – which of course means any audio record of an event or meeting to CD/MP3, tape or other audio format.

Here at Atlas we are aware that reading and writing can be very difficult for the blind and partially sighted. A large number of people with impaired vision can read large print but only very slowly. Reading a whole page can therefore be time consuming and exhausting. Some people prefer to listen to audio cassettes or ask sighted people to read to them. We take pride in being able to assist these people and make their daily lives easier. We can offer a reading on to tape/CD service, which can be of benefit to Councils, DSS and other organisations working with this community.

Audio recordings are generally produced on cassette tape since blind or visually impaired people often rely upon cassette-based publications and are thus likely to have access to audio cassette players. We are also able to produce recordings on CD or as MP3 format, which can be played on home equipment or on computers. CDs and multimedia file formats are likely to become increasingly popular as audio tape technology is phased out.

All prices are subject to complexity of the document. Complex text includes non-text items such as tables, graphs, mathematical formulae, diagrams and pictures. All documents need to be seen before the price is confirmed. We can offer all of the above services – just let us know the number of pages required or send us the pages for a quotation.

If you’re looking for a professional, efficient and friendly translation company you can’t go wrong with Atlas Translations Ltd. I’m delighted to have found a company that really listens and adapts to my company’s needs. Intuitive and reliable, the staff at Atlas are second-to-none. Highly recommended!