News and Blogs

  • Jessica Doyle | 23 May 2019
    1 in 6 university students are hearing impaired. Spoken information is an integral part of learning, whether you’re being taught in a lecture, discussing in a seminar or collaborating in a group project, the barriers hearing impaired students face are clear to see.
  • Jessica Doyle | 22 May 2019
    Disabled Students’ Allowance is a UK Government grant which provides personalised support to disabled students in Higher Education. The extra support is designed to ensure a level playing field for disabled students and can range from study support, specialist equipment, travel allowance and more.
  • Mark.Walker | 15 May 2019
    Our team spends a lot of time working with our customers to make websites, apps and other digital services accessible to disabled people. There's always something new to learn about web accessibility and as Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) rolls around again there are hundreds of events...
  • Mark.Walker | 15 May 2019
    The AbilityNet team will be out in force to celebrate Global Accessibility Day 2019.
  • Jessica Doyle | 15 May 2019
    According to a 2018 survey conducted by non-profit organization Jisc, one in five students use assistive or adaptive technologies, often by choice rather than necessity. What this tells us is that accessible technology is not exclusively a disability issue, but rather a requirement of a diverse...
  • Claudia.Cahalane | 15 May 2019
    How is the world becoming more digitally inclusive and where does digital access need to improve? Find out what AbilityNet is doing to share knowledge on Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2019.
  • Adam Tweed | 14 May 2019
    In 1966 a conversation took place between a young woman and a computer programme called Eliza. Now meet Ellie - designed to monitor micro-expressions, to respond to facial cues, to perform sympathetic gestures and build rapport. Is this the future of chatbots and voice assistants?
  • Jessica Doyle | 14 May 2019
    Whether you’re working on a group report, planning your next holiday or creating a revision timetable, the ability to stay on top of our digital life is important for not only succeeding, but maintaining a healthy mental wellbeing. However, organisation, processing information, sensory overload and...
  • Jessica Doyle | 10 May 2019
    It is an acknowledged problem that university well-being services are over-stretched, under-resourced and unable to accommodate all students in a timely fashion. Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) is a UK government grant which can provide alternative, personalised support to level the playing...
  • Adam Tweed | 10 May 2019
    This week was the week of Microsoft's Build and Google's I/O developer conferences; an opportunity for the tech behemoths to showcase new products and new features to a crowd of enthusiastic developers, excited fans and a typically more sceptical press.