Interview with Adi Latif - a consultant in the AbilityNet Digital Accessibility Services Team


Photo of Adi Latif, Accessibility and Usability Consultant Q: What is your name and job title?

A: My name is Adi Latif and I am an Accessibility and Usability Consultant at AbilityNet.


Q: What is ‘AbilityNet’ to you?

A: Abilitynet is a charity which helps organisations improve their products and services to ensure people with disabilities can use them.


Q: What was your background prior to joining AbilityNet?

A: I graduated in Scotland with a business degree and went straight into website accessibility which was relatively new at the time. I've previously worked for a management consultancy company where I would help organisations to improve their business processes to make things more efficient. I've also attained experience in a variety of management roles and was also a professional snowboarder for a year before deciding to come back to the field of accessibility through joining AbilityNet as an Accessibility and Usability Consultant.


Q: What made you want to work at AbilityNet?

A: I see that with the help of technology people with disabilities can obtain independence. Abilitynet helps organisations to design their products and services in a way that means people with health conditions and impairments can use them. They also help people with disabilities become more independent through free information, advice and technology support.


Q: What’s the average day like at AbilityNet?

A: The work is varied, ranging from working on accessibility audits to check the accessibility of a client's website and apps, to going to a client’s premises and giving them training on inclusive design.


Q: What’s the best thing about working at AbilityNet?

A: The fact that I directly work with organisations that are household names to improve their products and services which provides a better experience to all people, including those with disabilities.


Q: Where do you see yourself in 10 years time?

A: 10 years ago I was very much focused on climbing the career ladder.  Now my focus is on making a difference in the digital landscape. My role allows me to shape a more inclusive future and address the challenges that come with everchanging technology. 


Q: What is a highlight of your time so far/your last year at AbilityNet?

A: I was a keynote speaker at a global accessibility awareness event for a leading world bank and was able to directly address the movers and shakers in the room. I've also been able to work with individuals including a women with visual and mobility impairments - helping her to adapt the tech she uses to meet her needs.


Q: Complete this sentence: ‘To work here you need to be ____________’

A: To work here you need to be creative, a team player and passionate about change. Creative because coming up with solutions to accessibility challenges requires out of the box thinking a lot of the time. A team player as we help one another to come up with solutions when more than one brain is required. Passionate to make an impact because at times the work can be challenging but be mindful of the fact you are making a positive impact in other people's lives.


For information about current vacancies at AbilityNet visit the jobs section of our website.

To express your interest in working for AbilityNet please email careers@abilitynet.org.uk.

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