Accessible Media Blog

Read about the people behind Scottish Braille Press as well as news and events.

Three Voices: Royal Blind Group staff and members star in short film

Anne Findlay sits in her living room

Royal Blind Group staff and members have taken the spotlight in a short, emotive film about blindness.

Posted: 02/02/2016 | Scottish War Blinded


Scottish Braille Press introduces Unified English Braille

Alan Balfour

Today the Scottish Braille Press introduces Unified English Braille (UEB). In the past, the Braille code in English (SEB) had had variations from one country to another.

Posted: 01/12/2015


Minister for Business Visits Scottish Braille Press

Fergus Ewing MSP

Fergus Ewing MSP, Minister for Business, Energy and Tourism, paid a visit to the Scottish Braille Press to learn more about their successful work as a supported employer. 

Posted: 19/11/2015


Visit our Royal Blind Stand at the SECC Independent Living Scotland Event in October

Visit our Royal Blind Stand at the SECC Independent Living Scotland Event in October

Royal Blind (Stand H86) will exhibit at the Independent Living Scotland event on Wednesday 7 and Thursday 8 October 2015.

Visitors will have the opportunity to learn about the services Royal Blind provides to support blind and partially sighted people of all ages across the UK in terms of education, care and employment including the Royal Blind School, Kidscene After-School and Holiday Club, Braeside House, Scottish Braille Press and Forward Vision.

Posted: 16/09/2015 | Education, Adult Services, Care for Older People, Child Care


Tips to improve digital accessibility

Tips to improve digital accessibility

It's crucial that businesess make accessibility central to the development of websites, software and apps as well as printed documents.

The short animation below was created by the Fix the Web project. It contains reasons why accessibility is important, and useful tips to help businesses or individuals ensure their projects reach as wide an audience as possible.

Posted: 08/06/2015


Scottish Braille Press becomes ISO 27001 accredited

Manager John Donaldson standing outside the Scottish Braille Press.

Scottish Braille Press Manager John Donaldson describes the importance of ISO 27001 accreditation, and its benefits to Scottish Braille Press customers.

The Scottish Braille Press has become ISO27001 accredited.

This is an important milestone for our organisation. 

ISO27001 is an internationally recognised best practice framework for an information security management system.

It helps to identify the risks to our important information and put in place the appropriate controls to help reduce the risk.

Posted: 25/05/2015


The move to Unified English Braille

Standard English Braille alphabet card

Braille still has an important role to play in the mix of accessible formats, but the code is evolving for the 21st century. Several distinct Braille codes, such as maths, computing and literary versions, are being brought together into one single set of rules – Unified English Braille (UEB).  This has been adopted as the official Braille code in major English-speaking countries.

Posted: 26/01/2015


Risk management with distinction for Braille Press Deputy Manager

Risk management with distinction for Braille Press Deputy Manager

Deputy Manager of the Scottish Braille Press, Sandra Wright, gained an International Certificate in Risk Management - after passing the year-long professional course with distinction.

Posted: 10/11/2014


Dennis Robertson MSP says Braille is about more than books

Dennis Robertson MSP and his guide dog, Mr Q, in the Scottish Parliament

Scottish politician Dennis Robertson, the first blind Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP), talks to Royal Blind about why Braille is still so important to him in everyday life, despite the advances in technologies.

Posted: 09/10/2014


Braille: A Dotted History

Braille Text

Braille is a code by which all languages may be written and read. Through its use, people who are blind or visually impaired can read the written word.

Posted: 08/10/2014