Robin Christopherson MBE, Head of Digital Inclusion

Robin Christopherson receives his MBE from the Duke of Cambridge - all wearing formal clothing standing shaking hands

Robin is Head of Digital Inclusion and part of the globally-acclaimed accessibility and tech team of AbilityNet and has spoken at numerous events in recent years.  Robin is himself blind but effortlessly enthrals the audience with deft demonstrations of good and bad practice in website and mobile accessibility.

Despite being blind Robin uses technology very effectively - using speech output to access computers, the internet, his iPhone and many other technologies to assist him in his work. More importantly he has a first-hand appreciation of the importance of web and mobile design and its impact on accessibility and usability for every customer.

Robin also has courtroom experience as an expert technical witness in the area of assistive technology and in software, systems and website accessibility. In addition, he advises companies on their obligations under the Equality Act and the Disability Equality Duty – including the evaluation of case specific reasonable adjustment.

From AI to robots, from apps to wearables – let’s design for everyone, OK? - Robin Christopherson - btconfMUC2018 from beyond tellerrand on Vimeo.

After Cambridge University, Robin worked as an IT instructor for the Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB) and became a founding member of AbilityNet in 1998. In 2003 he began AbilityNet’s accessibility consultancy team which is now globally acclaimed as being leading experts in the field specialising in accessibility auditing and disabled user testing, as well as helping clients design attractive websites that are both accessible and easy to use by all.

Sharing knowledge

Robin furthers his mission to raise awareness and advocate for digital inclusion through projects including blogging on AbilityNet’s website, numerous guest posts and articles elsewhere (such as the recent column in The Times Diversity Supplement), publishing AbilityNet’s State of the eNation Reports and by being an active member of leading professional organisations such as the Guild of Accessible Web Designers, the International Association of Accessibility Professionals and the Cabinet Office Digital Inclusion Forum.

Robin has a full public speaking schedule in the UK, Europe and the US – delivering over 350 (that's right, 350) separate public presentations, podcasts, workshops and webinars in 2019 to date. He effortlessly and effectively challenges any preconceptions people may have about the potential of technology to change and even transform people's lives regardless of ability or environment. With his own impairment he provides an excellent first-hand example of the choices we can provide for all our customers and users if we simply design with an eye for inclusion.


Shaw Trust Disability Power 100, 2020

In 2020 Robin was named in the prestigious Shaw Trust Disability Power 100 - a list of 100 of the UK’s most influential people who are disabled or who live with an impairment. Find out more about AbilityNet's nominations on the list.

World's 100 Most Influential People in Digital Government 2019

Robin has been included in the second annual list of the World's Most Influential People in Digital Government. Published by Apolitical, the list recognises politicians, civil servants, academics and activists making the biggest impact in digital government around the world.

MBE, January 2017

Robin was awarded an MBE in the New Year Honour’s List 2017 for his services to digital inclusion. The award recognises Robin’s significant personal contribution in promoting awareness of the need to provide digital products and services that are inclusive for disabled people. He received his Award from the Duke of Cambridge in March 2017.

Tech4Good Special Award 2016

Robin was awarded the Tech4Good Special Award 2016, announced by Liz Williams, Head of Education at BT. The Award recognises Robin's longstanding contributon to inclusive design and digital accessibility, most notably through the highly engaging speeches and presentations he gives around the world.

The Award has previously been conferred on Prof Stephen Hawking, Dame Steve Shirley and Jimmy Wales.

Judge, Global Mobile Awards 2021

Robin is very proud to have been invited to judge for the sixth year running at the Global Mobile Awards. The prestigious awards (the GLOMOs to those in the know) celebrated its 25th year at GSMA MWC Barcelona 2020, celebrating the key innovations and achievements from both individuals and organisations across the mobile industry.

2021 Glomo Awards banner - shiny geometric shapes with text including Global Mobile Awards - Judge for the 2021 GLOMO Awards #GLOMOAwards

UK Digital Leaders Public Figure of the Year 2015

In 2015 Robin came runner-up in the UK Digital Leaders Public Figure of the Year Award - coming second to the government’s own digital champion Baroness Martha-Lane Fox.

He was also a key member of the AbilityNet team that won the UK Digital Charity of the Year 2015.

Connect with Robin

For audience comments on his presentations please just Google his name.

Follow Robin on Twitter @usa2day


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