AbilityNet and our Head of Digital Inclusion, Robin Christopherson, have been nominated in separate categories for a prestigious digital inclusion Award. The UK Digital Leaders 100 honours the highest digital achievements from across the UK’s public, private and non-profit sectors, celebrating individuals and organisations who are using digital to transform the UK’s public services and its social and economic opportunities. There is now a public vote to decide the winners across 10 categories.
AbilityNet Chairman, Dr Michael R Taylor, said:
"Technology can be both a blessing and a curse, but for disabled people it makes it possible to work, study, enjoy friends and family, as well as fulfilling their true potential. It's wonderful for AbilityNet and Robin to be recognised in this way, and reflects just how much can be achieved with digital technology."
Robin is a huge champion of digital inclusion, and his practical, personal approach influences policy-makers, developers, designers, academics, businesses and many other charities. Drawing on his personal experiences of dealing with visual impairment, Robin combines cutting edge technical knowledge with practical stories - with a dash of wit that never fails to hold his audience entranced.
As Michael says,
"Few people leave the room with a dry eye, yet everyone leaves with a much better understanding of how technology can be used to help others."
"My 25 year old son, himself a wheelchair user, was initially helped by AbilityNet way back in the late 1990s. Their expert assessors were able to recommend technology that enabled him to attend university, to achieve BA and MA degrees and to fulfill his dream of becoming a journalist.
"Over the 6 years that I have been Chairman of AbilityNet, Robin Christopherson has been an amazing ambassador for our work. His legendary talks at conferences and community events offer powerful insights into how new technologies can help disabled people. To me, Robin has always shown genuine leadership in the use of digital technology and for him to receive a Digital Leaders 100 award would be recognition of his skills, passion and commitment as a genuine Digital Leader.
"I'm sure many of you will have already cast a vote, but for anyone who hasn't yet please do vote for Robin - and AbilityNet."