AbilityNet and Deque partner to build a stronger accessibility community

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AbilityNet
ORG

and

Deque Systems
ORG

recently partnered to start hosting in-person round table events, bringing together accessibility professionals from a number of organisations as an opportunity for them to share their experiences and challenges candidly, and discuss the core of their accessibility strategies.


AbilityNet
ORG

’s vision is a digital world accessible to all and we’re committed to building a stronger accessibility community across the globe.

One way we do this is by partnering with other organisations in the accessibility community. We’ve been working with

Deque Systems
ORG

to host confidential and open round tables where

UK
GPE

and

European
NORP

digital accessibility thought leaders from different industries can gather to learn from each other’s successes – and avoid any mis-steps.

The

first
ORDINAL

round table event took place in

June 2023
DATE

. Participants spent

the morning
TIME

in round table discussions and the

afternoon
TIME

touring

Google
ORG

‘s

Accessibility Discovery Centre
ORG

.


5
CARDINAL

demonstrable attributes of organisations focussed on accessibility

The

five
CARDINAL

main take aways from the

AbilityNet
ORG

and

Deque
ORG

round table event discussion in

June 2023
DATE

were:


1
CARDINAL

. The importance of having a senior champion for accessibility within an organisation

This could be a person or a team who is responsible for driving accessibility initiatives within the organisation. The champion should have a good understanding of accessibility and be able to communicate its importance to others.

2. The need for education and training on accessibility across an organisation

Everyone in the organisation should have some basic understanding of accessibility, from the CEO to the interns. This will help to ensure that accessibility is considered at all stages of the development process.

Discover online learning modules that help you to become a digitally disability inclusive workplace.

3. The importance of having clear accessibility and inclusion policies and procedures in place

These policies should define the organisation’s commitment to accessibility and outline how it will be achieved. They should also be communicated to everyone in the organisation so that they know what is expected of them.

4. The need for regular accessibility auditing and testing

This is essential to ensure that the organisation’s products and services are accessible to everyone. Audits should be conducted by qualified professionals and the results should be used to identify and fix any accessibility issues.

5. The importance of involving disabled people in processes and decision making

Disabled people are the experts on their own experiences, so their input is essential to ensuring that accessibility is effective. They should be involved in the development of policies, procedures, and training materials, as well as in the auditing and testing of products and services. This could be a person or a team who is responsible for driving accessibility initiatives within the organisation. The champion should have a good understanding of accessibility and be able to communicate its importance to others.Everyone in the organisation should have some basic understanding of accessibility, from the CEO to the interns. This will help to ensure that accessibility is considered at all stages of the development process.These policies should define the organisation’s commitment to accessibility and outline how it will be achieved. They should also be communicated to everyone in the organisation so that they know what is expected of them.This is essential to ensure that the organisation’s products and services are accessible to everyone. Audits should be conducted by qualified professionals and the results should be used to identify and fix any accessibility issues. Learn more about what accessibility audits are and their benefits in our recent blog. Disabled people are the experts on their own experiences, so their input is essential to ensuring that accessibility is effective. They should be involved in the development of policies, procedures, and training materials, as well as in the auditing and testing of products and services.

Setting accessibility goals for

2024
DATE

In

October 2023
DATE

, at

AbilityNet
ORG

’s

London
GPE

office,

AbilityNet
ORG

and

Deque
ORG

held a

second
ORDINAL

round table event. We brought together a group of trusted peers, each facing a unique set of challenges in delivering their accessibility strategy for

2024
DATE

.


Day 2
DATE

attendees meeting at

AbilityNet
ORG

’s office left-to-right:

Mark Walker – AbilityNet
PERSON

,

Brian Grellmann – Aviva
PERSON

,

Stuart Trevithick – Fidelity
PERSON

,

Becky Brindley – NatWest
PERSON

,

Ron Beenen – Deque
PERSON

,

Matthew Luken – Deque
PERSON

,

Zoe Portlock – Hargreaves Lansdown
PERSON

,

Karl Goldstraw -Hargreaves
PERSON


Lansdown
GPE

,

Natalie Russell – Deque
PERSON

,

Arnaud Ramgoolam – KPMG
PERSON

,

Chris Bush – Nexer
PERSON

.

Under the veil of

Chatham House
ORG

rules, our participants had an opportunity to share their experiences candidly, discussing the very core of their accessibility strategies.

With the usual mix of accessibility leaders from various sectors, these discussions were led by

Mark Walker
PERSON

of

AbilityNet
ORG

, a curator of

TechShare Pro
ORG

,

Europe
LOC

‘s largest gathering of accessibility and inclusion professionals and their allies, and contributor to

AbilityNet
ORG

‘s

Digital Accessibility Maturity Model
ORG

(

DAMM
ORG

).

Mark
PERSON

has worked with numerous clients, helping them leverage the

DAMM
ORG

to craft accessibility roadmaps, set immediate and long-term priorities, and cultivate internal consensus for change.

Alongside

Mark
PERSON

,

Matthew Luken
PERSON

, former Head of Accessibility at

US Bank
ORG

and a key member of

Deque
ORG

‘s strategy services team, helped facilitate the discussions. Known for his passion for metrics,

Matthew
PERSON

‘s insights offered a data-driven perspective on the landscape of digital accessibility.

“As you plan for

2024
DATE

, it’s important to remember that it’s okay to take a different tack – like the sailing analogies you’ll hear later – or to double back to achieve your goals”, says

Mark
PERSON

. “Communication, understanding, and common objectives are critical for an organisation to achieve success in digital accessibility.”


Matthew
PERSON

adds “With good Storytelling techniques, and the data you have on hand, you can gain agreement and alignment with other internal stakeholders on where your digital properties are with conformance now, and where you are trying to get to in

2024
DATE

”.


Matthew
PERSON

joined our podcast! Access the episode below and the transcript to learn more about his background,

Deque
PERSON

, and the round table events.

The insights gathered from these events will be used to help plan meaningful breakout sessions for

TechShare
ORG

Pro 2023 and

Deque
ORG

‘s axe-con.

Get your

TechShare
ORG

Pro

2023
DATE

ticket and join us for

Europe
LOC

‘s largest gathering of accessibility and inclusion professionals and their allies.

We’re excited to see how these events will contribute to building a stronger accessibility community. We believe that by working together, we can make a real difference in accessibility.

If you are interested in attending

one
CARDINAL

of our round table events in

2024
DATE

and for more information, reach out to

Mark Walker
PERSON

, Head of

Marketing & Portfolio
ORG

of

AbilityNet
ORG

at [email protected]

Other ways

AbilityNet
ORG

is working to build a stronger accessibility community

We offer a range of free webinars, blogs and factsheets on digital accessibility. Watch our free webinar with

Deque
PERSON

on How will Artificial Intelligence change accessibility testing?

We provide expert consultancy and services to organisations on how to help make their digital products and services more accessible.

We encourage everyone to get involved in the accessibility community. There are many ways to do this, such as volunteering, attending events, or simply sharing knowledge and resources. By working together, we can make a real difference in accessibility.