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Advocating for those living with accessibility needs. Sharing experiences, raising awareness and understanding of how assistive accessible technology enhances and enables those in need.


Wonder Women in Technology - 'Never tell me I can't!'

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I was thrilled to be asked to deliver an ‘Ignite’ presentation at this event at the Ministry Of Justice building in Westminster. An Ignite presentation was a first for me. I have been a keynote presenter for 7 years and had never heard of an Ignite presentation. After some research I discovered Ignite is a series of moving slides 15 seconds per slide and for this particular event I was asked to put together 20 slides - the shortest presentation I have ever been asked to provide and in a format I am not familiar with but hey, I am not afraid of a challenge! After setting up my presentation and manually going through them I could not find any clue as to how to get the slides to slide every 15 seconds - thank goodness for my technical friends on social media and to the truly inspiring Lisa Mae...
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My Naidex Accessibility Experience - 2017

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I was invited to speak at the Naidex’s conference at the N.E.C in Birmingham in March. Naidex; innovations for the future of the independent living industry. Naidex is Europe’s biggest and most  far- reaching trade, professional and consumer  show dedicated to the care, rehabilitation, and lifestyle of people with a disability or impairment. The topic of my presentation was ‘Inclusive technology and how to make it more mainstream’ along with snippets and referrals to my own story.  Knowing the nature of this event I had imagined not only a variety of people presenting and showing equipment but also a mix of people with all different disabilities and needs interested in digital innovation available or becoming available in the future. On arriving with my guide dog Unis and my Dad who kindly took time out of his own schedule to drive me to Birmingham. The NEC Conference Centre is huge and...
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Return to Campdigital 2017

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I was asked to be closing speaker at Camp Digital last year and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Not only did I enjoy it immensely it also opened many new doors for me in ways I had not considered. That presentation seemed to bridge a gap in bringing together the designers and developers and an understanding of needs and end user requirements,  also that accessibility is not about ticking boxes on a checklist but more about real people, grey areas and solutions. My work involves accessibility and usability consulting along with keynote speaking alongside my charity work raising awareness of the condition I live with which means I rely totally on assistive technology to live my life. I am passionate about inclusion having myself experienced exclusion and indeed my company logo asks “Is your window open to inclusion?”  It became very clear that Sigma and I share the same views on...
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Generation Accessibility - Grandad and Me

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One thing most (god willing) will not avoid is growing old! It doesn't seem to matter how fit we are ageing brings new challenges. I have always had the best relationship with my Grandparents and since losing my Nannie 10 years ago I have grown particularly close to my Grandad and spend as much time with him as I can.  Grandad can be quite a grump but I love his wisdom and his belief in me.   The funny thing is although there are 55 years between us we have lots in common when it comes to how we get by on a daily basis. Grandad is not registered deafblind but he relies on assistive technologies similar to what I do and he doesn't even realise it! Grandad has worn reading glasses most of his life and they have gotten more and more magnified as he has got older.  ...
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Is your window open to inclusion?

Is your window open to inclusion?
Accessibility - Able to be reached, approached or entered via Oxford Dictionary  I found myself in the world of accessibility almost by accident.  I did not even realise I had specific accessibility needs until I began to go blind. In real terms I have accessed the world very differently to most because of need, however, I wonder how many really understand that they too use lots of features in accessibility. It seems that until things become "trendy" or "cool" they are sadly not in the majority of mindsets, so do we try to make accessibility trendy or just hope it becomes a part of early training and education? Can we really wait for "trendy" as our ageing population increases and their reliance on the ability to access life independently increasingly looks toward technology? Accessibility is not just about those with disabilities, it is for us all.   I myself have...
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