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Accessibility Week: the summary

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Here are the recordings and content shared during this year’s Accessibility Week webinars. Check your regional Teams channels for copies of the presentations from each day.

Get better at supporting yourself, colleagues and service users

A few things that cropped up across the whole week:

For ease of viewing, the recordings are divided into easy to navigate chapters, with subtitles and transcript available via the video player toolbar.

What happened?

Monday 13 May. Watch Introduction to digital accessibility
Remind yourself of the importance of accessibility from moral, legal, and business standpoints.
Cover inclusive design and its benefits – ensuring that digital products and services are accessible to all. Additionally, the session looked into some common accessibility issues.
Content mentioned in the presentation and chat:
ANDI Accessibility Testing Tool
Colour Contrast Analyser
Hemingway
My Computer My Way
NVA Screen Reader
Paul J Adams Bookmarklets
Web developer extension

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Host: Lizi Green, Digital Inclusion Consultant, AbilityNet
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Tuesday 14 May. Watch: Helping bridge the disability divide with Copilot for M365
Copilot for Microsoft 365 can be thought of as not just a productivity tool, but also an accessibility tool. Hear from Andy about his personal experiences with ADHD and neurodiversity, and how Copilot helps him to stay connected, included, and productive in his day-to-day work.
Host: Andy Coulter, Teams Technical Specialist, Microsoft
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Wednesday 15 May. Watch: Brand inclusion – Why we connect more with companies that care
Discover how combining purpose with accessible design can help foster stronger relationships with your service users. Unpack the differences between an inclusive brand and an accessible brand. Get actionable, straightforward strategies to enhance your accessibility immediately, ensuring a more inclusive user experience. Plus, learn how to avoid some common pitfalls.

Content mentioned in the presentation and chat:
Age Without Limits Image Library
All Go: plus size stock photos
Canva’s Natural Women Collection
Diversity Photos
Gender Spectrum Collection
Host: Rob Helsby, Head of Experience Design, Cantarus
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Thursday 16 May. Watch: The secret reasons why your website might be undermining your reputation
As more organisations shift to digital, the website and app becomes the primary citizen experience of the organisation. If the experience is not fully accessible then this affects the whole reputation of your organisation.
Content mentioned in the presentation and chat:
Download a free accessibility checker for Google Chrome
Log in to check your website accessibility and to complete your Digital Accessibility Maturity Assessment
Hosts: Chris Fletcher, Sales Director, Silktide and Peter Bricknell, Chief Product Officer, Hassell Inclusion
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Friday 17 May. Watch: Expanding accessibility in the public sector: Supporting diversity and inclusion through Microsoft and the web
The simple tools we use every day to get things done – our Windows devices and Microsoft 365 come packed with many accessibility features to help overcome challenges people face when working. For many, awareness that these tools exist can have a huge impact on how they work and interact, especially for those who didn’t know these features existed, or didn’t want to ask for help.
Content mentioned in the presentation and chat:
Microsoft Learn: Training: Accessibility Fundamentals
www.aka.ms/Accessibility Pathway
Hosts: Joe Morley, Technology Lead, SoftwareOne and Tobias Greiner, Co-founder and CTO of Eye Able
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