• Claudia.Cahalane | 08 Mar 2019
    As we mark International Women’s Day 2019 #BalanceforBetter, it's almost incredible to think that nearly 60 years ago, Dame Stephanie Shirley founded the FTSE 250 technology company Xansa (now Steria) with the goal of creating more jobs in tech for women. Out of her first 300 employees, 297 were...
  • Claudia.Cahalane | 28 Feb 2019
    With World Radio Day on our radar in February, AbilityNet chatted to stars of the radio world who are blind or have sight loss about life on air and behind the mixing decks. How has the accessibility of radio technology changed over the years and what do they love about their work? 
  • Claudia.Cahalane | 22 Feb 2019
    AbilityNet's TechShare Pro 2018 event featured a popular session on organisational accessibility, with presenters from Barclays and Google. In this blog, David Caldwell, senior digital accessibility consultant, who presented for Barclays, gives some top tips on creating an accessible organisation.
  • Claudia.Cahalane | 22 Jan 2019
    At AbilityNet’s accessible technology event TechShare Pro 2018 on 30 November 2018, delegates heard how the theatre industry is working to create shows that can be more fully enjoyed by those with hearing or sight loss.
  • Claudia.Cahalane | 14 Jan 2019
    It’s 25 years since the first audio described programme arrived on UK TV, believed to be Coronation Street. Last year more than 150,000 hours of television were broadcast with audio description in the UK - a big win for those who are blind or have sight loss. In addition, 2018 also saw the first...
  • Claudia.Cahalane | 27 Dec 2018
    Last month, AbilityNet hosted the sold out TechShare Pro event in Canary Wharf, sponsored by Google. We learned more about some much-awaited and innovative accessible tech. In no particular order, here's 14 fabulous assistive and accessible ideas to watch in 2019.1 Talking Birds Difference Engine
  • Claudia.Cahalane | 06 Dec 2018
    From Apple's 3,500 hours creating an algorithm for calories burned by wheelchair users for the Apple Watch 3.0, to an update on Live Captioning on Google Hangouts and the pain of audio decribing Channel 4's Goggle Box, here's the most fascinating stuff we learned at the UK's fast growing accessible...
  • Claudia.Cahalane | 29 Nov 2018
    Thanks to an Indiegogo crowdfund, the WeWALK smart cane designed for blind and visually impaired people is now in production. So far 1,500 customers in the UK, US and Turkey have ordered the invention. As one of the innovations taking part in AbilityNet's sold out TechShare Pro event in London...
  • Claudia.Cahalane | 28 Nov 2018
    Ahead of the Accessibility Champions professional practice workshop at TechShare Pro, London, Emma Pratt-Richens, senior accessibility specialist at the BBC talks to AbilityNet about how the BBC is growing its network of accessibility champions.
  • Claudia.Cahalane | 05 Nov 2018
    Jennifer Harley is the University of Law’s teacher of the year 2018. As the University’s disability support service manager, she is responsible for ensuring that the students needing additional help feel welcome and supported at the university’s campuses. Here she shares some best practice on...

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