AbilityNet is a registered national charity (charity no. 1067673).with over 20 years experience helping people adapt and adjust their information and communications technology (ICT). We’re unique in what we do, working across the UK and beyond.
Our special expertise is ensuring that whatever your age, health condition, disability or situation you find exactly the right way to adapt or adjust your ICT to make it easier to use.
So, a few weeks ago I was in Olympia attending the Building Perfect Council Websites ’09 (#pcw09) to conduct a workshop on social media (which was alot of fun by the way ! ). While I was there, I managed to interview Robin Christopherson (Head of Accessibility) and Diana Robinson (Sales and Marketing Manager) from AbilityNet . I’m hoping to gain more knowledge on accessible websites as I go along. So hopefully LGEO Research will feature more news on AbilityNet in the future to keep local authority website developers up-to-date on how to make their websites more accessible.
Questions asked in this interview:
- What is AbilityNet?
- How does AbilityNet generate its revenue?
- What sort of testing have you done on local council websites?
- Can you give an example of a local council website that could be a good example for accessibility/AbilityNet?
- Can you give specific examples on what local council websites usually don’t get right in terms of accessibility?
- What do you think is causing local council website developers to neglect the basics of accessibility?
- Can you give some examples of enterprise CMS systems/suppliers that are good at getting accessibility right?
- Do you have any tips for web managers to improve their websites accessibility?
- What does the future look like for AbilityNet? What are your plans for the future?
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YouTube is not accessible???
It was quite interesting that Robin and Diana had pointed out to me that YouTube is not accessible. I didn’t quite understand how you could make YouTube more accessible than it already is but if you watch this video clip here, you’ll probably understand why they’re saying this….
So someone actually came up with a solution for this which is called Easy YouTube
Example of a screen reader using Easy YouTube
To download AbilityNet software, factsheet and skillsheet, click here.
You can follow AbilityNet on Twitter here.
Hope this is useful!
Liz is a researcher who is interested in the ways new kinds of social data and technology introduce challenges and opportunities to society.