Arts and heritage for blind and visually impaired people

VocalEyes

VocalEyes help arts organisations identify and remove barriers for access and inclusion for blind and partially sighted people. They deliver around 160-180 live audio-described performances in theatres every year, and provide a range of supporting services to cultural organisations.

The main challenge with the redesign of the site was to present the content in an accessible way for blind and partially sighted users, whilst maintaining excellent user experience for audiences from arts venues, charitable bodies and the general public. Also of key importance was providing a flexible open source content management solution, enabling VocalEyes to be autonomous in their editing roles. The site is highly accessible, specifically for partially sighted people and screen reader users, following best practice in WAI WCAG. Testing by blind and partially sighted users, using assistive technologies such as Voiceover and screen magnifiers, allowed us to refine design and functional aspects to suit the site’s audiences.