News and Blog

  • Adam Tweed | 15 Jan 2019
    Many of you may have seen that the Amazon Echo; more affectionately referred to as 'Alexa' was an extremely popular Christmas present this year.
  • Claudia.Cahalane | 14 Jan 2019
    It’s 25 years since the first audio described programme arrived on UK TV, believed to be Coronation Street. Last year more than 150,000 hours of television were broadcast with audio description in the UK - a big win for those who are blind or have sight loss. In addition, 2018 also saw the first...
  • Guest Blogger | 14 Jan 2019
    By Christopher Lee, Managing Director, International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP)Locating accessibility (a11y) professionals can be challenging for organizations requiring their products and services to be used by all consumers, including those with disabilities who happen to...
  • Robin.Christopherson | 10 Jan 2019
    The plain fact is that there are an awful lot of inaccessible websites and apps out there - contrary to both legal requirements and good business sense. We've been calling for the UK Government to give the law some teeth for several years now. Let's look at the two main methods by which companies...
  • Robin.Christopherson | 09 Jan 2019
    On yesterday's (Tuesday 8 Jan 2019) BBC Radio 4 programme 'In Touch' AbilityNet called for the government to finally begin enforcing the law that requires websites and apps to be accessible to all regardless of disability or special access technology.
  • Claudia.Cahalane | 27 Dec 2018
    Last month, AbilityNet hosted the sold out TechShare Pro event in Canary Wharf, sponsored by Google. We learned more about some much-awaited and innovative accessible tech. In no particular order, here's 14 fabulous assistive and accessible ideas to watch in 2019.1 Talking Birds Difference Engine
  • Dafydd Henke Reed | 24 Dec 2018
    We audit a lot of inaccessible websites. Many are created by FTSE 100 companies that are committed to accessibility. This begs the question: why are the websites inaccessible? 
  • Robin.Christopherson | 18 Dec 2018
    On 11 December 2008, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) published an important update to their guidelines aimed at making the internet a more accessible place for people with disabilities. Ten years on and we’ve not seen much of an impact. Let’s look at why and what can be done to speed things up.
  • Sophie.Shearer | 10 Dec 2018
    Technology is helpful in so many ways, especially in education, but sometimes we need to step away from it and take a break. Although it may seem a bit counter-intuitive technology can offer the solution to help you take a break from technology.
  • Claudia.Cahalane | 06 Dec 2018
    From Apple's 3,500 hours creating an algorithm for calories burned by wheelchair users for the Apple Watch 3.0, to an update on Live Captioning on Google Hangouts and the pain of audio decribing Channel 4's Goggle Box, here's the most fascinating stuff we learned at the UK's fast growing accessible...