Accessibility Insights webinar series with key accessibility figures

In 2020 we began the Accessibility Insights series of free monthly webinars as part of our ongoing AbilityNet Live free webinar programme. In the series, Robin Christopherson MBE, Head of Digital Inclusion at AbilityNet hosts a monthly online chat with individuals who are each working to improve digital accessibility and digital inclusion. 

Image of Robin Christopherson and Jenny Lay-Flurrie

Our impressive range of guests includes Microsoft's Chief Accessibility Officer, Jenny Lay-Flurrie (pictured above, with Robin), Sarah Herrlinger of Apple, Neil Milliken of ATOS, Christopher Patnoe of Google, Paul Smyth of Barclays, Bryn Anderson of Sainsbury's, and we're looking forward to welcoming even more key figures working to improve accessibility as the series continues.

Join our chat about accessibility with the UK Government

Richard Morton, smiling, standing in garden setting

Coming up on 6 July we have the next Accessibility Insights session with Richard Morton (pictured above), Head of Accessibility at the UK government's Central Digital and Data Office (CDDO) - formerly Government Digital Service (GDS).

Registration is now open. It is free to attend:

 

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(If you find that you can’t attend, please don’t worry. All of our webinars are recorded and you can find them on our website.)

Access the Accessibility Insights series

In each session, Robin asks the guest to pose a question or comment about accessibility to the next guest in the series, so each session follows on from the previous episode.

Watch or listen to the webinar playbacks and podcast recordings all linked below. Transcripts, podcast versions, and Q&As all provided.

  1. Accessibility Insights with Microsoft's Jenny Lay-Flurrie
    Jenny Lay-Flurrie asked Neil Milliken: What can we what we partner on? What can we do together? Find out Neil’s answer:
     
  2. Accessibility Insights with Neil Milliken of ATOS
    Neil Milliken commented to Paul Smyth: Paul and I are huge believers in 'you catch for flies with honey'. Essentially, we want to bring people in, have a big tent approach and connect people up.... Yes, there's technology, but it's about collaboration that will make the difference. Find out Paul’s response:
     
  3. Accessibility Insights with Paul Smyth of Barclays
    Paul Smyth commented to Bryn Anderson: As accessibility leaders we can all help to make it as easy as possible for people to understand, to get informed and involved, and really to join the accessibility community. So that democratizing of accessibility know-how is really my big piece of advice or plea to others. Find out Bryn’s response:
     
  4. Accessibility Insights with Bryn Anderson of Sainsbury's
    Bryn Anderson asked Christopher Patnoe: What are the pitfalls of AI for accessibility? Considering the pitfalls, what are the benefits and how do they balance out? Find out Christopher’s answer:
     
  5. Accessibility Insights with Christopher Patnoe of Google
    Christopher Patnoe asked Malin Rygg: Currently in the US ... we're seeing a lot more lawsuits brought up by the individual. In your opinion, what's the right balance of government versus end user perspectives? Is it better to ask the individual to pursue or sue a company or is it better to have the government actively enforce these things? Find out Malin’s answer:
     
  6. Accessibility Insights with Malin Rygg of the Norwegian Digitalisation Agency
    Malin Rygg asked Alejandro Moledo: With the web directive in place and the European Ability Cct on the way, I would like to know what would EDF see as the biggest future regulations, what is the next step in your view? Find out Alejandro’s answer:
     
  7. Accessibility Insights with Alejandro Moledo of the European Disability Forum
    Alejandro Moledo asked Sarah Herrlinger: What is the most positive aspect that accessibility legislation has brought to Apple's work? Find out Sarah's answer:
     
  8. Accessibility Insights with Sarah Herrlinger of Apple
    Sarah Herrlinger asked Caroline Casey: What is the technology that you relied upon most during the year of 2020 with all that was brought on by Covid? Find out Caroline’s answer:
     
  9. Accessibility Insights with Caroline Casey of The Valuable 500
    Caroline Casey asked Emma Pratt Richens: What is BBC's plan in front and behind of the camera, to integrate better representation for people with disabilities? Find out Emma’s answer:
     
  10. Accessibility Insights with Emma Pratt Richens of the BBC
    Emma Pratt Richens asked Jennison Asuncion and Joe Devon: How do you feel that online conferences over the past year will impact on conferences going forward? Will things stay online, will they go hybrid? Find out Jennison and Joe’s answer:
     
  11. Accessibility Insights with Jennison Asuncion and Joe Devon, co-founders of GAAD
    Jennison Asuncion and Joe Devon posed their question to the forthcoming guest in the series, Larry Goldberg of Verizon Media: What are your thoughts on auto captioning technology and in particular, the habit of sensoring out content like swear words? Find out Larry's response:
     
  12. Accessibility Insights with Larry Goldberg of Verizon Media
    Larry Goldberg commented to Richard Morton of the UK government's Central Digital and Data Office (CDDO) about its Public Sector Bodies Accessibility Regulations (PSBAR) monitoring activity: "As that office begins reporting on inaccessible websites which we know are plenty, I think the educational aspect and being sure that people with disabilities are front and centre in the process will also be a tremendous help for to any of the organisations who are called out to really understand this is good for society."

Find out Richard's response by attending the webinar on 6 July. Registration now open:
 

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Listen to the Accessibility Insights podcasts:

All the Accessibility Insights webinar interviews are also available on our TechShare Procast podcast feed.

Further resources

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