News and Blogs

  • Claudia.Cahalane | 08 Mar 2019
    As we mark International Women’s Day 2019 #BalanceforBetter, it's almost incredible to think that nearly 60 years ago, Dame Stephanie Shirley founded the FTSE 250 technology company Xansa (now Steria) with the goal of creating more jobs in tech for women. Out of her first 300 employees, 297 were...
  • Adam Tweed | 07 Mar 2019
    With mental health services struggling to meet demand is there a role for an automated 'chatbot' service to provide some support? In the first of a series of blogs looking at the AI therapist, meet three mental health chatbots whose mission it is to improve general wellbeing.
  • Robin.Christopherson | 07 Mar 2019
    The theme of this year's University Mental Health Day (Thursday 7th March) is 'use your voice' - the power of using our voices to share our stories and shape the future of student mental health. Robin Christopherson looks at how using your voice with smart assistants can help reduce stress in your...
  • Jessica Doyle | 04 Mar 2019
    In the second of our Hack in the Box series, we highlight some of the ways that Microsoft's OneNote can help improve students' mental health.
  • Claudia.Cahalane | 28 Feb 2019
    With World Radio Day on our radar in February, AbilityNet chatted to stars of the radio world who are blind or have sight loss about life on air and behind the mixing decks. How has the accessibility of radio technology changed over the years and what do they love about their work? 
  • Robin.Christopherson | 27 Feb 2019
    The Global Mobile Award winners were announced at a glitzy ceremony on Tuesday. Robin Christopherson was there and he reveals the 'Best Use of Mobile for Accessibility & Inclusion'
  • Mark.Gaddes | 27 Feb 2019
    AbilityNet has a network of volunteers that provide free IT support to older people and disabled people of any age. We recently sat down with one of our volunteers to get a first-hand perspective of what it’s like to be an AbilityNet ITCanHelp Volunteer.
  • Robin.Christopherson | 25 Feb 2019
    Blind and partially sighted people can now use their smartphone to benefit from someone else's eyesight. Robin Christopherson takes a look at two great examples of this life-changing tech.
  • Claudia.Cahalane | 22 Feb 2019
    AbilityNet's TechShare Pro 2018 event featured a popular session on organisational accessibility, with presenters from Barclays and Google. In this blog, David Caldwell, senior digital accessibility consultant, who presented for Barclays, gives some top tips on creating an accessible organisation.
  • Alex.Barker | 21 Feb 2019
    Today (February 22nd) is World Encephalitis Day and whilst a comparatively rare illness, the after effects can be long term and can cause difficulties with memory issues as well as physical movement. Here are some questions that we get asked regularly...