Robin Christopherson | Head of Digital Inclusion | AbilityNet
This session was presented at Camp Digital 2012

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Why Blind Users Love iOS

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In this presentation blind renowned accessibility expert Robin Christopherson will demonstrate the amazing potential that mobile devices (and even more so their apps) have to change the lives of users with disabilities. Find out why a camera is so vital for blind users, and how apps that cost a few pence are replacing specialist bits of kit costing thousands of pounds. Inclusive design has a compelling legal and moral case – but it is also an absolute commercial imperative. Robin will go on to explain why it's so vital that every single app you develop should have accessibility well and truly baked in.

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About Robin

After Cambridge University, Robin worked as an IT instructor for the Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB) and became a founding member of AbilityNet in 1998. Now globally acclaimed as leading experts in the field, AbilityNet specialises in accessibility auditing and disabled user testing, as well as helping clients design attractive websites that are both accessible and easy to use by all.

Despite being blind, Robin uses technology very effectively using speech output to access computers, the internet, his iPhone and many other technologies to assist him in his work. A member of the Guild of Accessible Web Designers, Robin has a first-hand appreciation of the importance of good web design and its impact on accessibility.

Robin also has courtroom experience as an expert technical witness in the area of assistive technology and in software, systems and website accessibility. In addition, he advises companies on their obligations under the Equality Act and the Disability Equality Duty - including the evaluation of case specific reasonable adjustment.

Robin's current projects include raising awareness through a busy public speaking schedule in Europe and the US, and co-hosting AbilityNet's Tech for All podcast.

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