AbilityNet exists to change lives of disabled people, to help them achieve everything they can at work, at home or in education. We have a number of high quality specialist services for businesses and others who can pay for our expertise. We also provide a range of free services for people who cannot afford to pay.
Free Services for Disabled People
AbilityNet has been a leading authority on accessibility and assistive technologies for 20 years and we contnue to provide a range of free services for disabled people, their family and friends, their employers and other people who care for them.
- Free Factsheets covering a range of tips and advice about how computers can be adapted to help disabled people.
- Call our free Helpline on 0800 269 545 to ask anything about how computers can be adapted to meet the needs of disabled people.
- Our free online tools, including My Computer My Way and an online assessment tool, help disabled people tailor their IT to meet their needs.
- Our network of IT Can Help volunteers can visit disabled people in their home to help with everyday IT needs.
We also have a large network of IT professionals who help charities with their IT needs.
AbilityNet has a team of Consultants and Accessibility Testers who help businesses, charities and public bodies to design and maintain their websites, apps and other electronic media. Our clients include large blue-chip companies such as Barclays and Microsoft and we also supplied accessibility services for the London Olympic and Paralympic websites.
Technology can help people with all types of disability and impairment, but everyone has different needs. Our professional assessors carefully identify the mix of technologies and adaptations that enables a disabled person to be more productive at work, at home or in education.
AbilityNet grew out of IBM in the late 1980s and continues to have the backing of a number of influential multinational businesses as well as related professional bodies such as BCS. Current Trustees are:
- Dr Michael R Taylor, Chairman
- Bill Brown
- David Barnett
- David Morriss
- David Clarke (representing BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT)
- Mike Bernard (representing IBM UK Ltd)
- Nisha Sharma
- Lawrence Phillips (representing The Information Technologists’ Company)
- Sarah Foxall (representing Microsoft)
- Aileen Thompson
- Kush Kanodia
- Michael Whelan
AbilityNet Senior Management Team
- Dianne Cockburn
- Dennis Dearden
- Nigel Lewis, CEO
- Eliot Martin
- John Muscroft
AbilityNet is a company limited by guarantee in England and Wales No: 3469653. AbilityNet is a Charity, registered in England and Wales, registration number 1067673, and in Scotland registration number SC039866.
- Acre House
- 11/15 William Road
- London NW1 3ER
Free IT Support for Disabled People
Our FREE helpline offers expert advice and information about how disabled people can use computers and the internet.
Call us now on: 0800 269 545