Accessible information is able to be read, received and understood by the individual or group for which it is intended. For people with an accessible information need, this may mean providing an alternative to standard printed or handwritten English, for example large print, braille or email. Global Accessibility Awareness Day takes place every year and aims to get people thinking and talking about making the web accessible for those with different disabilities.
To mark the occasion, our panel of speakers shared their expertise and experience in making information accessible for all.
12.00 – 12.05 Welcome and introduction
Sophie Randall – Director, Patient Information Forum
12.05 - 12.15 Accessible Information Standard survey results
Urte Macikene – Policy & External Affairs Manager, Healthwatch England
12.15 - 12.25 Lived experience and accessibility tools
Robin Christopherson – Head of Digital Inclusion, AbilityNet
12.25 - 12.35 Using accessible formats including Easy Read
Roger Firman – Chair, UK Association for Accessible Formats
12.35 - 12.45 Accessible information for those with learning disabilities
Rachael Middle – Clinical Quality Improvement Lead, Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Division, Isle of Wight NHS Trust and Christina Loosemore - expert by experience
12.45 - 12.55 Innovation in accessible information
Mark Applin – Co-Founder, Signly
12.55 – 13.30
Q&A and panel discussion