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e-Access ’11 sets the policy agenda

Events news published: Thursday 24th March 2011

e-Access ’11 sets the policy agenda

e-Access '11, the UK's leading conference on access to digital technologies by disabled people, has once again set the UK policy agenda in this field, with several key announcements.

The event was staged at the government's Westminster conference Centre at 1 Victoria Street.

In its seventh year, the conference was once again co-hosted by One Voice for Accessible ICT Coalition, an umbrella group whose members include the Employers' Forum on Disability; and Headstar.

Ed Vaizey, Minister for Communication, Culture and the Creative Industries, opened the event with a video message praising the conference and following up last year's launch of the government's e-Accessibility Forum with a progress report to the accessibility community on the forum's first year of work.

Topics for other sessions included the legal requirements for accessibility; the link between accessibility and usability; building your accessibility action plan; procurement for accessibility; The new British accessibility standard BS8878; Apps and accessibility; and the workplace and workforce of the future - 'Accessibility means productivity'. Organisations involved in shaping the event and speaking included Lloyds Banking Group; Microsoft; Adobe; the BBC; Royal Mail; the Olympic Delivery Authority, London 2012; and Morgan Stanley.

Speaker slides and some speaker transcripts have now been posted onto Slideshare and onto the conference website, and more will follow.

Coverage of the keynote sessions has now appeared in E-Government Bulletin - headlined 'UK Government Refreshes e-Accessibility Policy'- and more is set to follow in E-Access Bulletin's July issue.

There are also several sets of photographs taken on the day which are available to view in our 'Flick' gallery.

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