News and Blogs

  • Alex.Barker | 04 Apr 2014
    As it is Parkinson's Awareness Week in April we thought we would write a blog to show people who have the condition how easy it is to use their computer.
  • callum.grantham | 12 Mar 2014
    Double Paralympic Gold Medallist Hannah Cockroft MBE officially launched this year’s Tech4Good Awards at an event that took place at BT Tower last week. Hannah is one of the judges of this year’s Awards and will be present at the ceremony itself on 10th July at BT Centre. Although she was unable to...
  • callum.grantham | 11 Mar 2014
    February’s AbilityNet webinar saw us join forces with SOCITM to give a practical overview of web accessibility. Our Head of Digital Inclusion, Robin Christopherson shared his expertise in the area, helping attendees with web accessibility queries. A key element of the webinar was the contribution...
  • Mark.Walker | 07 Mar 2014
    Dr Chris Bailey, senior consultant in AbilityNet's London office, has been elected Accessibility Officer for the UK Chapter of the User Experience Professional Association. Chris recently completed his PhD in Human-Computer Interaction at Teesside University and is keen to promote better...
  • Alex.Barker | 28 Feb 2014
    The needs of people with Down's Syndrome vary enormously and there may be many ways that computers could help them with communications at work, at home or in education. This blog covers just a few of them and is written to mark World Downs Syndrome Day on March 21.
  • Stefan.Sollinger | 14 Feb 2014
    Are you using alt text properly? Inconsistent use of alt text is one of the most common problems found in our web audits. These golden rules make your alt tags more useful to your site visitors and mean your site is more likely to be legally compliant. These rules are aimed at content editors but...
  • Alex.Barker | 10 Feb 2014
    So there’s no such thing as a free lunch.  However the next best thing to free food has to be free computer technology. AbilityNet has always been at the forefront of helping disabled people get the most from computers and the internet and other digital technology. The  people calling our helpline...
  • Alex.Barker | 29 Jan 2014
    What is Raynaud's Phenomenon? Raynaud's phenomenon is a common disorder in which the small blood vessels in the extremities are over-sensitive to changes in temperature.  In some instances it can be a sign of another issue. The effects of the condition include having white, red or blue, cold...
  • Mark.Walker | 13 Dec 2013
    Shopping online for those Christmas dinner essentials is needlessly difficult for disabled people, concludes a new 'State of the enation' report by AbilityNet. Testers with a range of conditions from blindness and low vision to learning difficulties, shopped for a turkey, a Christmas pudding and a...
  • Robin.Christopherson | 15 Nov 2013
    The three main areas where language and techno-linguists get excited are broadly; talking to your computer, your computer understanding what you said, and your computer speaking back to you in as human-sounding a way as possible. Robin Christopherson, AbilityNet's Head of Digital Inclusion reports...