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Current debates on the future of Internet accessibility

Location: Lancaster University, UK
Date: 5th March 2014
Organiser: Dr Catherine Easton

This was a multi-disciplinary, interactive forum which brought together participants from public and private sectors, charities and academia to debate upon and shape the future of website accessibility.  A particular focus was placed upon developing strategies to achieve accessibility within the relevant technical and legal frameworks. 

Issues covered included:

  • The digital divide and disability discrimination law
  • Accessibility design, implementation and usability
  • The public sector and accessibility
  • The social model of disability and the impact of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
  • Accessibility case studies

The day included presentations by a number of invited speakers, alongside participatory activities to highlight strategies for future development. 


Access all videos of presentations on a single page, or use individual links below.

Session 1: Keep talking: From text through to touch screen

Léonie Watson - Senior Accessibility Engineer, The Paciello Group

Download transcript | Watch Léonie's presentation

Session 2: Accessibility: A Theoretical and Legal Analysis

Catherine Easton - Lecturer in Law, Lancaster University

Download transcript | Watch Catherine's presentation


Session 3: GOV.UK - a case study in accessible digital public services and how it can help you

Joshua Marshall - Head of Accessibility, Government Digital Service

Download transcript | Watch Joshua's presentation


Session 4: The Future of Internet Accessibility

Mike Paciello - Founding Partner: The Paciello Group

Download transcript | Watch Mike's presentation

Mike is co-chair of the United States Federal Access Board’s Telecommunications and Electronic and Information Technology Advisory Committee (TEITAC), co-founder of the International Committee for Accessible Document Design (ICADD), and was recognized by President Bill Clinton for his contribution to the W3C Web Accessibility Initiative.

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