The Business Case for Accessibility

Date of webinar: 
20 Jul 2021 - 13:00

What is the business case for accessibility?

This FREE webinar will take place on 20 July 2021

Why should you invest in digital accessibility?

In a digital-first world, it has never been more important for websites, apps and other digital services to be inclusive for everyone who needs them regardless of ability.

A panel of global leaders will explore the evidence for the Business Case for Digital Accessibility.

Hear from Accenture, AbilityNet, Intuit and the Business Disability Forum.

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Meet the Panel for The Business Case for Accessibility

A picture of the Accenture logo it has a purple arrow above the word accentureAccenture is a global, Fortune 500 services and consulting company. It offers strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations services. 

Accenture's report "The Disability Inclusion Advantage" makes the business case for embracing a diverse workforce.

Laurie A. Henneborn, Accenture

A picture of Laurie, smilingLaurie A. Henneborn is a managing director within Accenture's Research organisation and has 25+ years of research and leadership experience. 

Laurie is the executive sponsor for research and TL initiatives on Accenture’s Global Disability Inclusion Advisory Council and is co-Executive Sponsor for the Metro NY Disability Employee Resource Group. She serves on the Board of Directors for the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD).

Robin Christopherson, MBE, Head of Digital Inclusion, AbilityNet

A picture of Robin in a blue suit with arms foldedRobin is Head of Digital Inclusion. Robin, who is blind, is an experienced speaker at national and international events where he captivates audiences with demonstrations of website and app accessibility and the power of assistive technology.

Despite being blind, Robin uses technology very effectively - using speech output to access computers, the internet, his iPhone and many other technologies to assist him in his work.

He also knows first-hand the frustrations that can occur when websites aren’t accessible and usable with assistive technology – such as his screen reading software. 

Robin also has courtroom experience as an expert technical witness in assistive technology and software, systems, and website accessibility.

In addition, he advises companies on their obligations under the Equality Act and the Disability Equality Duty – including the evaluation of case-specific reasonable adjustment.

A skilled interviewer, Robin hosts AbilityNet's monthly Accessibility Insights webinars in conversation with global accessibility leaders, including heads of accessibility at Apple, Google, Microsoft ATOS and Barclays. 

 

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Business Disability Forum

The BDF logoThe Business Disability Forum exists to remove barriers in business structures and Government that prevent disabled people from thriving and contributing in this way.

The not for profit membership organisation brings together business leaders, disabled people, and the Government to understand what needs to change to improve the life opportunities and experiences of disabled people in employment, economic growth, and society more widely.

The BDF has 400 members and partners from a cross-sector of the UK and global business.

Lucy Ruck, Leader of the Technology Taskforce, BDF

Lucy is an accessibility evangelist and an experienced speaker, including at AbilityNet's TechShare Pro. She leads the BDF's Technology Taskforce, which includes developing the taskforce's toolkit of information.

Intuit

Logos for Intuit Turbotax quickbooks and mintIntuit is a business and financial software company that develops and sells financial, accounting, and tax preparation software and related services for small businesses, including QuickBooks.

QuickBooks has over 4.3 million customers worldwide.

Intuit’s CEO signed the CEO Action Pledge in 2019, underlining Intuit’s commitment to consistent actions across the business community.

The company is committed to improving legislation that provides equity for all.

Reuben Evans, Senior Software Engineer for Intuit

Reuben Evans is a Senior Software Engineer at Intuit working on QuickBooks Online in the UK. Since joining Intuit in 2018 he has worked primarily on the UK tax and accounting offering in QuickBooks Online.

He is the UK Accessibility lead for Intuit.

What the FREE Business Case for Accessibility webinar will cover:

  • Why should companies invest in digital inclusion?
  • What is the potential Return on Investment of a mature digital inclusion strategy?
  • What are some of the barrier in developing digital inclusion, and how can companies overcome them?
  • Why is it important to measure the impact of digital inclusion?
  • How can you measure the impact of a digital inclusion agenda?
  • What is the role of Diversity and Inclusion internally, and what role does digital have within driving this?

Webinar FAQs

What if I can't attend the webinar on the day?

Don't worry. Everyone who signs up will receive a link to the slides and the webinar recording after the webinar occurs. You can watch it later.

How much does the webinar cost?

As above, the webinar is part of AbilityNet Live! and is FREE of charge.  

Is the webinar accessible?

The webinar includes captions for those who are hearing-impaired or Deaf, and we will make a transcript available afterwards. We'll also provide a copy of the slide deck, which is accessible.