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  • Mark.Walker | 13 Oct 2015
    AbilityNet is using a grant from Microsoft to upgrade it’s free and popular accessibility tool My Computer My Way. The new version will make it easier than ever to find details of the accessibility settings and other adjustments that can change the lives of disabled people.
  • Mark.Walker | 13 Oct 2015
    Computers and the internet have transformed our daily lives, at home, at work and for disabled people being able to get online opens up a world of possibilities for completing everyday tasks, enjoying games or films, working and connecting with friends and family. This blog explores how AbilityNet...
  • Mark.Walker | 13 Oct 2015
    Autoplay hit the headlines recently when a video showing the deaths of two journalists was seen by people scrolling through their Facebook and Twitter feeds. For people with disabilities, however, autoplay content is not only a source of distress on social media but can be a real barrier to access.
  • Mark.Walker | 07 Oct 2015
    Boyzone's Shane Lynch is urging UK higher education students to check whether they are eligible for extra funding as part of Abilitynet's DSA Claim It Campaign.
  • Mark.Walker | 14 May 2015
    Leading UK web hosting company, LCN.com has launched a 1p web hosting campaign to raise £15,000 for AbilityNet. The fully-featured web hosting package usually costs £50 for just a penny and customers are encouraged to donate the savings they make to AbilityNet.
  • Mark.Walker | 01 May 2015
    AbilityNet conducted industry standard tests on all seven of the main party websites, including checking the code, disabled user testing and manual checks for best practice. The results are bleak for disabled people as none of the websites tested achieved legal compliance and many of our testers...
  • Mark.Walker | 24 Apr 2015
    A survey conducted by AbilityNet shows that most people think that wearable tech like the Apple Watch could have health benefits for all, including disabled people. But the future of those devices will depend on companies such as Apple addressing deep-seated concerns about who will have access to...
  • Mark.Walker | 23 Apr 2015
    Tech4Good Awards celebrate the businesses, charities, schools and others who use digital technology to make the world a better place. Entries close on 8 May so you have two weeks to enter.
  • Mark.Walker | 13 Mar 2015
    Author Sir Terry Pratchett, who has died at the age of 66, was an AbilityNet Patron, a power user of voice recognition software and raised awareness of the impact of Alzheimer's.
  • Mark.Walker | 23 Feb 2015
    AbilityNet has accredited the Barclays Mobile Banking App - the first app to receive our accreditation, which indicates that it complies to WCAG2.0 or equivalent standards.