Today 36,000 people in the UK are registered as blind or partially sighted and over 2 million have some form of sight loss; that’s roughly 1 in 30 people who struggle to see communications you print and mail to them. By 2020, this number will rise to over 2,250,000 and by 2050 will double to over 4 million.
Why? In the UK we’re an aging population and simply put, as we get older, the chances of our sight deteriorating increases. This, combined with an incline in underlying causes of sight loss such as obesity and diabetes mean that more and more people need help in one way or another when they view information and documents.
So what does all this mean for companies who provide documents?
Any company that provides documents to people, such as energy bills to customers or payslips to employees, has a legal obligation to ensure they’re completely accessible. This legal obligation is part of the Equality Act 2010 whereby it’s stated that companies have to take steps for ensuring that information is ‘provided in an accessible format’ for anyone who may require it.
With such a large proportion of the population requiring accessible formats, and so much information being shared over documents every day of the week, very few companies will avoid encountering the Equality Act in some capacity.
This isn’t a problem. There is a simple way to meet these requirements. At Datagraphic, we can supply braille and large format versions of your documents with as much ease as anything else we print or present online. We already provide accessible documents for many companies so why not get in touch today and let us help you take the stress out of tackling legal requisites.