News and Blog

  • Catherine.Grinyer | 06 May 2016
    AbilityNet is calling for the European Union’s web accessibility ‘agreement’ of 3 May 2016 to go further and include all public, private and third sector websites and mobile applications to be accessible, especially for people with disabilities.
  • Robin.Christopherson | 05 May 2016
    More than 500 hours of Youtube footage is uploaded every minute, but almost every second of it is impossible millions of visually impaired people to understand. AbilityNet's Robin Christopherson thinks that's about to change and that by the end of the decade robots will be delivering high quality...
  • Alex.Barker | 03 May 2016
    Tremors can be caused by a variety of conditions and can make it very difficult to operate a mouse, keyboard or touchscreen. Alex Barker offers his tops tips on common solutions.
  • Mark.Walker | 28 Apr 2016
    Voting is open for this year's Digital Leaders 100 and AbilityNet is shortlisted for digital charity of the year.
  • Mark.Walker | 22 Apr 2016
    AbilityNet is running a series of DSA Practitioner Days in centres around the UK. These free events provide an opportunity to discuss the latest changes to Disabled Students' Allowances, meet other advisers from FE and HE and see some of the tech that AbilityNet has been recommending to the...
  • Alex.Barker | 21 Apr 2016
    Must read: If you have tremors, changing these settings could make it easier to use your iPhone or iPa
  • Claudia.Cahalane | 18 Apr 2016
    AbilityNet's IT Can Help has 230 volunteers who support older and disabled people to use technology at home. In February, the service was contacted by 80-year-old Ruth from Lincolnshire. Age UK had let her know that free computer help was available after she became more frail following an operation...
  • Robin.Christopherson | 13 Apr 2016
    Twitter has recently made it possible to add alt-text to images, but will this be enough to make the image-laden web more accessible for people with visual impairments? Robin Christopherson thinks it may need a bigger push - or maybe there's completely different solution around the corner?
  • Claudia.Cahalane | 07 Apr 2016
    How can computers help people with autism? To mark World Autism Awareness Week we asked Jamie Knight, senior accessibility specialist in UX&D at the BBC, who is autistic himself, about the tech he finds useful in his daily life.
  • Robin.Christopherson | 29 Mar 2016
    Microsoft has announced advancements to its accessibility checker, as well as enabling it on more devices and for Mac users. Robin Christopherson would like to see an accessibility check become as natural as a spell check