Free webinar: How to improve accessibility in procurement

A recent survey by AbilityNet found that there is a lack of relevant accessibility processes when buying digital products and services. 

AbilityNet held a free webinar on Tuesday 27 June, on How to improve accessibility in procurement.Profile images of Liz Heaney, George Rhodes, and Susanna Laurin. Text: Free Webinar. How to improve accessibility in procurement. Liz Heaney, Google. George Rhodes, The University of Westminster. Susanna Laurin, Funka.

AbilityNet's Mark Walker was joined by Liz Heaney from Google, Susanna Laurin from Funka, and George Rhodes from the University of Westminster to discuss how accessibility professionals can connect with their procurement teams, the impact procurement has on customers and employees, and how procurement impacts the public sector. 

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Our panellists and accessibility 

Liz Heaney is the leader of the Core Accessibility Programs team. In this role, she focuses on making Google the best place to work for people with disabilities through collaboration with the product and procurement teams. The scope of this team includes software procured by Google to roll out internally and software produced by the central engineering team. Prior Google Liz has led a long career in Program Management leading team and other Program Managers in software implementations in many different industries.

Susanna Laurin is the Chief Research and Innovation Officer at Funka, a European based market leading consultancy focusing on accessibility. About accessible procurement, Laurin says “It's a huge benefit if we add accessibility into the mix [of procurement]. You will have a product or service that is more accessible than if you didn't post accessibility requirements. And that means less remediation.” Read more from Laurin in our blog post on accessible procurement in the public sector

George Rhodes is the Digital Accessibility Lead at the University of Westminster. George has been working with procurement colleagues to build high-level needs into the University’s high-level requirements document and ensure suppliers are aware of the legislative need to comply with PSBAR.

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