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Access to the Internet by Older People and Mobile Tips at Heart of e-Access 13

Access to the internet in homes for the elderly and developing inclusive services on smartphones and tablet computers are among topics on the agenda at e-Access 13, the UK’s leading event on access to technology by people with disabilities.

Delegates will hear about the Connecting Care project, looking at how care homes for older people can make the most of new technology to support their organisation, carers and service users. The project is run by Lasa, a technology support group for charities and public sector bodies, with funding from the Department of Health.

Presenters of a mobile inclusion workshop include Shadi Abou-Zahra of the World Wide Web Consortium’s Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI).

Mobile platforms such as iOS, Android, and Windows are rapidly evolving with richer and more robust accessibility features and support, giving developers more ways to create accessible mobile web applications, Abou-Zahra will say. His workshop – co-presented with Jon Gibbins of Dotjay consulting – will cover the accessibility features available on the major mobile platforms and suggest strategies for integrating accessibility into mobile projects.

Elsewhere on the agenda, GB Paralympics star Hannah Cockroft MBE, winner of two gold medals at London 2012, will help explore the ‘Paralympics effect’, focusing on how increased public awareness of disability issues after the 2012 Paralympic Games can be used to maximum benefit.

Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative industries Ed Vaizey will update delegates on how the government is addressing accessibility, and other speakers will cover a wide range of topics, including: user-testing of websites by people with disabilities; e-book accessibility; and how people can go about securing senior management support for digital inclusion strategies.

The event, hosted by E-Access Bulletin publishers Headstar in association with the One Voice for Accessible ICT Coalition, is held in central London on 31 October. For more information and to secure your place, visit:
http://www.headstar.com/eaccess13/

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