News and Blog

  • 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...
  • Claudia.Cahalane | 29 Nov 2018
    Thanks to an Indiegogo crowdfund, the WeWALK smart cane designed for blind and visually impaired people is now in production. So far 1,500 customers in the UK, US and Turkey have ordered the invention. As one of the innovations taking part in AbilityNet's sold out TechShare Pro event in London...
  • Claudia.Cahalane | 28 Nov 2018
    Ahead of the Accessibility Champions professional practice workshop at TechShare Pro, London, Emma Pratt-Richens, senior accessibility specialist at the BBC talks to AbilityNet about how the BBC is growing its network of accessibility champions.
  • Robin.Christopherson | 27 Nov 2018
    Making sure your websites and mobile apps are usable by the broadest possible audience is essential to ensure that your product is truly competitive. Real-life usability for users regardless of impairment or environment takes two distinct steps.