I've just done a webinar on a subject that's close to our hearts at AbilityNet, which "How to change your computer accessibility settings without spending money". It was a great success. After all, no-one likes spending money if they don't have to, do they? I always try to refer people to My Computer My Way as it gives you easy step by step advice on what to do. It's our flagship resource that we like to shout about!
Expert Resources: a11y
These are the items that relate to a11y found on the AbilityNet website. They may be factsheets, webinars, news stories, blog posts or reports.
Blog Post | Jul 2014
Blog Post | Jun 2014
There’s a wealth of options available to catch up on your favourite TV programmes, but how do they measure up if you’re looking for accessible features? Whether you want Audio Descriptions, subtitles or signing, this is how the major catch-up providers compare. This Guide has been produced in partnership with Ofcom-accredited broadband deals comparison site www.cable.co.uk
Blog Post | May 2014
Between May 12th and 16th it is Action for Brain Injury week. Having a brain injury can cause many different issues but the use of a computer can certainly allievate some of these issues and make your day to day life that bit easier. What is a Brain Injury? A brain injury happens when the brain gets damaged in some way, either by a traumatic occurrence, for examples a car accident, or the brain might be damaged by a stroke or an infection.
Blog Post | Apr 2014
One of the most common problems our testers come across in relation to images on websites. Incorrect or missing alt-text can cause serious issues for users of screen readers, such as blind and partially sighted people, as well as presenting issues of legal compliance for websites that fail to use alt-text correctly.
Blog Post | Mar 2014
February’s AbilityNet webinar saw us join forces with SOCITM to give a practical overview of web accessibility. Our Head of Digital Inclusion, Robin Christopherson shared his expertise in the area, helping attendees with web accessibility queries. A key element of the webinar was the contribution of Mel Moville, Web Manager for Preston City Council (PCC) who shared the story of her organisation’s journey towards a more accessible website.
Blog Post | Feb 2014
Are you using alt text properly? Inconsistent use of alt text is one of the most common problems found in our web audits. These golden rules make your alt tags more useful to your site visitors and mean your site is more likely to be legally compliant. These rules are aimed at content editors but may also be useful for anyone producing content on the web.
Blog Post | Feb 2014
So there’s no such thing as a free lunch. However the next best thing to free food has to be free computer technology. AbilityNet has always been at the forefront of helping disabled people get the most from computers and the internet and other digital technology. The people calling our helpline or using our factsheets usually don’t have too much money to spend, so they want to do things on “the cheap”. For cheap, read free. The good news is that AbilityNet has a number of free services:
Blog Post | 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 fingers, and very cold feet.
Blog Post | 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 on the latest developments in all three areas, all of which could have a profound impact on the lives of disabled people.
Blog Post | 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 people with the condition may have difficulties with communication and they may have learning difficulties too.