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  • Mark.Gaddes | 14 Jun 2018
    Last month AbilityNet (AN) had the opportunity to interview Ian Hamilton (IH) - an accessibility specialist and advocate working to raise the bar for accessibility in the games industry. Prior to accessibility, his background was in design and UX but for the last ten years Ian has specialised in...
  • Mark.Gaddes | 07 Jun 2018
    We asked our Accessibility and Usability Consultants to share their thoughts about accessibility in gaming.Like most digital sectors the championing of inclusive design in video games has been ongoing and becoming more prominent in recent years. Companies such as EA (Electronic Arts) have for some...
  • Mark.Gaddes | 06 Jun 2018
    We've focussed our comms this month on accessibility in gaming. You're likely aware of the increase in popularity of video games in the last few years, particularly with the availability of games on mobile devices. However you might not know that an estimated 52% of the online population play games...
  • Mark.Gaddes | 05 Jun 2018
    Together with the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) we held an event for our volunteers at IBM Southbank in London on Friday 1 June - the start of Volunteers Week. There were around 120 attendees from across the two charities at the event, which was all about celebrating the great...
  • Mark.Gaddes | 12 Apr 2018
    We want to encourage as many people as possible to enter the AbilityNet Tech4Good Awards this year. Our awards are free to enter and attend, and there are some fantastic categories to choose from. To help us, please support AbilityNet's Thunderclap campaign.What is Thunderclap?
  • Mark.Gaddes | 05 Apr 2018
    Accessibility never sits still and in April we'll be focussing on autism and accessibility - looking at the design challenges but also the solutions for people with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder). Make sure you register to secure your place, even if unable to attend, as you'll receive details about...
  • Mark.Gaddes | 21 Mar 2018
    Accessibility never sits still and in the coming months we will be hosting two free webinars to share the latest news from the sector. Our first webinar in March will focus on 'What's new in WCAG 2.1' and will look at the new success criteria from the recent WCAG (Web Content Accessibility...
  • Mark.Gaddes | 24 Oct 2017
    Are you familiar with CAPTCHA security boxes? The ones you sometimes complete online to prove you are not a robot. They have been built to keep other machines out for security reasons, but these nasty little critters by default make themselves inaccessible to many people with disabilities.
  • Mark.Gaddes | 09 Oct 2017
    Bringing together home automation devices with new ambient computing technology, like Alexa, has the power to dramatically improve accessibility and improve the lives of disabled people. With the cost of this technology falling home automation has the potential to empower disabled people, giving...