Accessible IT, assistive technology and working with a disability in tech

Accessible IT, assistive technology and working with a disability in techAccessible IT and assistive technology need to be ingrained in the DNA of the organisation, according to executives from the Royal National Institute for the Blind, BBC and Natural Resources Wales – to enable those working in tech with a disability and to give CIOs a greater understanding of user requirements.

“It’s a CIO’s responsibility to ensure the ICT across the whole enterprise – both internally and externally facing – is accessible to those who use the multitude of assistance software.”It is key that every time we consider a new system, we look at its compatibility with the assistance software that’s available and also make sure it meets W3C standards – this is particularly important for intranet and internet sites. We make sure that accessibility impact assessments form part of every solution design review and software procurement – indeed we consider all nine protected characteristics not just disability.”

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