News and Blogs

  • 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...
  • Mark.Walker | 15 Nov 2013
    AbilityNet's pioneering approach to using digital technology for the good of others has been recognised with a place in the Top Ten of the UK Digital Leaders Awards 2013 alongside the BBC, Google and Mozilla. The Awards were announced at the House of Lords on 11 November and recognise organisations...
  • kat.upton | 03 Oct 2013
    We're back with our monthly blog. This time we're looking at what adaptive technology would be helpful for people with Cerebral Palsy. What is Cerebral Palsy (CP) Cerebral Palsy is an umbrella term for a range of conditions which can cause difficulty with muscle control and movement. Additionally...
  • Robin.Christopherson | 30 Sep 2013
    Prof. Stephen Hawking is one of the most recognisable people on the planet, partly because of his synthesised speech. As well as featuring in the Opening Ceremony at the London Olympics he's so famous that he's played himself in The Simpsons four times! But what is the technology behind that voice...
  • kat.upton | 27 Sep 2013
    AbilityNet has launched a campaign to encourage students in Higher Education to take up the Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs). One of the last education grants that doesn't have to be repaid, DSAs are available to any UK University student with a disability, on-going health condition, sensory...
  • Mark.Walker | 26 Sep 2013
    AbilityNet recommends that every site should have an Accessibility help page. Whether you have a fully accessible site or not they provide a useful stepping stone on a user journey, they offer practical help to your customers and show them that you have thought about their needs.  As a minimum we...
  • Mark.Walker | 09 Sep 2013
    When Technica Solutions, a managed IT support company asked for recommendations on LinkedIn for a charity that uses technology to benefit others, the overwhelming response was ‘AbilityNet’. That introduction led to a new relationship that means AbilityNet is now the beneficiary of a dynamic company...
  • Alex.Barker | 03 Sep 2013
    Millions of people around the world suffer from dyslexia. AbilityNet's Advice and Information Officer Alex Barker looks at how the condition affects people and some of the ways that computer technology may help people with dyslexia.