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Digital Inclusion & Accessibility – Empowering your people

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There are more than 1 billion people - or 15% of the global population - with a disability, either permanent or temporary, including those affecting visual, mobility, hearing, cognitive, speech and neural functions. Yet despite the clear and proven benefits a diverse workforce brings, only 47% of persons with disabilities in the UK are in employment, versus 80% of the non-disabled population.

Being inclusive isn’t just about adapting physical spaces; technology literacy is just as vital for social inclusion. Organisations need to make IT accessible to ensure people with disabilities can work effectively. New legislation that came into affect in September 2018 has brought this topic to the top of the corporate culture agenda.

This inclusive event brings together members of government, business and disability experts to share insights into how to create a more digitally inclusive organisation. Attendees will leave inspired to drive meaningful change in their organisation with practical tips they can implement immediately.

This event takes place two days after International Day of People with Disabilities

Speakers on the day will be from a range of backgrounds including government, business and a charity that helps organisations make improvements so that people with disabilities can use technology at work, in education or at home.

Confirmed speaking sessions include:

Disability Insights: a first hand account of how organisations can become more accessible
Adi Latif, Accessibility and Usability Consultant, AbilityNet

Real life learnings – how Microsoft are promoting accessibility and driving cultural change
Hector Minto, Accessibility Technology Evangelist, Microsoft

The need for IT to connect with HR to create an accessible workplace
Chris Jones, Head of Security and Technology, Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Making digital inclusion a priority in a rapidly-expanding, cross-cultural organisation
John Mayes, Global Chief HR Officer, SoftwareONE

Practical tips to make digital inclusion a reality today
Joe Morley and Peadar O’Sullivan, Future Workplace Consultants, SoftwareONE


09:00  Arrival, light breakfast and coffee

09:30  Andy Dunbar, Services Lead for SoftwareONE - Welcome

09:45  Hector Minto, Accessibility Evangelist at Microsoft - How are Microsoft promoting accessibility and creating a real cultural change in their organisation

10:05  John Mayes, Chief People Officer for SoftwareONE - Harnessing culture and core values to manage and embrace change

10:30  Chris Jones, Head of Security & Technology at the Foreign & Commonwealth office - A top level perspective on making technology more accessible and the applicable legislation 

10:50  Coffee break

11:10  Adi Latif, Usability consultant from charity, AbilityNet - A personal perspective on what companies can do to create a more accessible workplace

11:35  Joe Morley & Peadar O’Sullivan Future Workplace consultants at SoftwareONE - Demo of some of the accessibility tools built into Microsoft 365  

12:15  Nicola Cunnison, HR Partner for Disability ERG at Microsoft UK - The importance of Employee Resource Groups and how to listen 

12:35  Panel discussion chaired by Andy Dunbar, Services Lead for SoftwareONE, with audience Q&A 

13:00  Andy Dunbar, Services Lead for SoftwareONE - Closing remarks followed by lunch and networking

Reserve your place now and we will update you with our panel of expert speakers.