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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

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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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