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TLA Tech For disAbility Inclusive Conversations

Tech London Advocates Tech For disAbility invites you to a regular series of informal conversations where we can get to know each other better and exchange ideas and thoughts.

About this Event

We will plan this every two months on Wednesday at 5pm, starting with 20th October.

Please let us know of a topic you’d like to share as a POV, or if you’d like to do a lightning talk, or simply would like to join in the conversation.

We want to bring together people from the disability community, tech startups and anyone else interested in disability and how technology can benefit.

Any of you can speak about a topic of interest to the group, participate in lightning talks with one minute to offer or ask something of the group, or simply join in the chat and network.

We are on info@techfordisability.org.uk LinkedIn and Twitter, as well as our Slack group – click here to join

Register here at Eventbrite: – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/tla-tech-for-disability-inclusive-conversations-tickets-160829877493?ref=eios

Hope you can join our conversations!

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Who is this event for?

  • Tech startups developing products to benefit disability
  • Other tech startups who want to make their products accessible to all
  • Investors in disability technology
  • Disability advocates and the community who want to explore the value of technology
  • All interested in how technology can specifically benefit the disabled

Twitter: @Tech4disAbility

LinkedIn: Linkedin

Past Events

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In this event from The TLA Tech For disAbility working group, we aimed to explore how tech can be used to actively benefit the neurodiversity community, providing a boost to both innovation and inclusion. We balance this with a consideration of how the adoption of technologies, such as machine learning, can amplify biases in favour of neurotypical people and what we can do to not leave people behind.
 
Presentation from: Ashley Peacock, CEO Passio
Panel Chair: Yonah Welker, Explorer, Board Member Yonah.ai/ .org
Panel members: Inas Ismail, Co-Founder Autsera, Leena Haque, Neurodiversity Initiative Lead, UX designer BBC
 
The panel discussed the challenges and solutions posed by technology for neurodiverse people – for example, biometrics, algorithmic decision making, recruitment, life management, therapy and more. In addition, they will share real-life examples, experiences and ideas on some of the problems tech can solve.
 
The session closed with an open call for panellists attendees to address in a Q&A – “How can the tech ecosystem support startups to address these challenges?” 
 
This event was for anyone interested in learning more about the issues and opportunities surrounding neurodiversity in tech from those with lived experience and from the tech community. The World Health Organization noted that the prevalence of neurological conditions is one of the greatest threats to public health. So we invite anyone to join to help an understanding of what is needed to plan for how they can support, include, cater and design for neurodiversity within your sphere and role. 

A video recording of the session is available at the links below:

Download here:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1L3Vy3Xgqjd8tAHRFKwOy43alNMLwQbRw/view?usp=sharing

YouTube here:

https://youtu.be/KbzedDTgSgQ

A few links that were shared in the meeting chat:

Ashley Peacocks’ company:

https://passio.co.uk

https://www.linkedin.com/company/wearepassio/

Lucy Wills

https://www.academia.edu/48949314/Cognitive_Accessibility_for_digital_health

Alvar Lagerlöf

https://neurodiversity.wiki

Brilliant Minds Open Talent (https://brilliantminds.org.uk/) is a not-for-profit social enterprise startup trying to use tech/AI to bring new services to help ND people find rewarding employment.

the VR experience I mentioned is available on YouTube. Here is the link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZLyGuVTH8sA

WelcoMe is the only solution for front-line staff training and support of disabled customers

http://www.wel-co.me/

Leena Haque and the BBC’s Creating a Positive Environment (CAPE):

https://www.bbc.co.uk/neurodiversity/toolkits

https://bbc.github.io/uxd-cognitive/

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We reflected on 2020 and discuss views for a more inclusive and accessible 2021 on Thu, 14 Jan 2021 17:30 

About this Event

2020 may not have been the year that we expected, but every year comes with strengths and lessons to be taken into a new year. During this event we will be speaking about the key lessons and viewpoints taken from 2020. We will discuss the key lessons along with what is needed for a more inclusive and accessible 2021.

Who is this event for?

  • Tech startups developing products to benefit disability
  • Other tech startups who want to make their products accessible to all
  • Investors in disability technology
  • Disability advocates and the community who want to explore the value of technology
  • All interested in how technology can specifically benefit the disabled

Panel of Speakers

Yonah Welker: Yonah has worked on the intersection of tech and society since 2005, when he launched a hardware think tank. Yonah has founded and co-created tech startups and labs, helped to facilitate tech ecosystems through North America to APAC, MENA, Africa, Europe, screened over 2000 teams, contributed projects in ethics (data, AI, tech), deeptech (ex. Conception X), impact and sustainability (European Commission).

Lucy Wills: Lucy supports the Lived Experience Alliance to uncover, communicate and highlight the barriers and challenges that many disabled people experience in accessing healthcare, especially digital services. She works directly with DHSC to ensure that all COVID-19 related services are as accessible as possible. 

Alan Lock: Alan joined the Royal Navy as a Marine Engineering Officer (Submarines) in 2002, having been sponsored by the military through his 6th Form and university studies. In 2004, he lost much of his sight due to a rare genetic condition leaving him registered blind. He was medically discharged from the Navy in 2005. Since then, Alan has been supported by Blind Veterans UK, which assisted him with his rehabilitation. Alan went on to develop a new career within banking and telecommunications which eventually helped him start his own business. 

The webinar will last for one hour.

The Zoom webinar link will be shared closer to the event and will be recorded. Your participation is an acceptance of this.

Info and tickets are here:

Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/accessibility-in-2021-reflections-for-inclusivity-tickets-135694396593

Twitter: @Tech4disAbility

LinkedIn: Linkedin

We heard how accessibility and disability tech start-ups are improving the lives of disabled people and helping drive economic growth on 7th September, 5-6pm online.

About this Event

Use of technology is an increasing part of everyone’s lives, but can leave people behind. More awareness is needed on how technology can improve lives of people with disabilities.

Tech for disAbility showcases the value of accessibility and disability tech start-ups in improving the lives of disabled people and advocates for the tech industry to consider and embed universal accessibility in all their products.

We do this by connecting the technology and disability communities on the intersection of:

user needs

technology innovation

necessity for accessible tech

We also want to ensure all tech start-ups include accessibility.

Who is this event for?

  • Tech startups developing products to benefit disability
  • Other tech startups who want to make their products accessible to all
  • Investors in disability technology
  • Disability advocates and the community who want to explore the value of technology
  • All interested in how technology can specifically benefit the disabled

Speakers Include:

  • Martyn Sibley, Co-founder and CEO, the Purple Goat Agency and Disability Horizons

www.purplegoatagency.com

Introduction to the world of disability; the value accessibility and disability tech start-ups bring to the disabled and the economy

  • Elizabeth Takyi, Founder and CEO, Aspire2Inspire Dyslexia CIC www.a2idyslexia.org.uk

How technology has helped Elizabeth shape her world and the challenges she believes need to be addressed by technology for disability

  • Matthew Johnston, Technical Delivery Consultant – Thoughtworks

www.thoughtworks.com

The importance of including accessibility in tech product design from the start and the Future of tech for disabilities

The webinar will last for one hour, including a Q&A session at the end. There will be a further time for networking should people wish to spend more time sharing ideas and asking questions.

The Zoom webinar link will be shared closer to the event and will be recorded. Your participation is an acceptance of this.

Speech to Text facilities will also be provided, kindly sponsored by Public.io

Find out more about TLA and TLA Tech for disAbility:

Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/tla-tech-for-disability-launch-tickets-114412063562

Twitter: @Tech4disAbility

LinkedIn: Linkedin

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