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Technological empowerment for disabled people




Speaker: Robin Christopherson, Head of Digital Inclusion, AbilityNet.

Location: Room A, Northampton Suite, Northampton Square, EC1V 0HB.

Robin Christopherson, from the leading UK inclusive technology experts AbilityNet, will challenge any preconceptions people may have about the potential of technology. Being blind himself, he provides an excellent first-hand example of the choices that can be provided for everyone if we simply consider inclusion in everything we do. Robin will be talking about (but more importantly demonstrating) a range of inclusive technology, and how it has the power to change and even transform people's lives regardless of ability or environment.

After Cambridge University, Robin worked as an IT instructor for the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) and became a founding member of AbilityNet in 1998. In 2003, he began AbilityNet’s accessibility consultancy team. This team 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.

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 good web and mobile design and its impact on both accessibility and usability for every person.

Robin 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 adjustments.

His numerous activities to raise awareness and advocate for digital inclusion include publication of AbilityNet’s State of the eNation Reports, press articles, public speaking engagements in the UK, EU and US, as well as active membership of leading professional organisations concerned with web accessibility. Recently, Robin came runner-up ‘UK Digital Leader Public Figure of the Year 2015’ (after the government’s own digital champion; Baroness Martha-Lane Fox) in the Digital Leaders 100 Awards – with AbilityNet being the Charity/Social Enterprise Leader of the Year.

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1.00pm - 2.15pmThursday 12th November 2015