Tuesday 13 December 2011

BCS, 1st Floor, The Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London, WC2E 7HA

6.00pm for 6.30pm start.

Meera Pankhania and Anne Stafford

Meera heads AbilityNet’s world-renowned web accessibility and usability team, providing strategic direction and business development. Before joining AbilityNet Meera pursued a career in web design/development and information architecture and has a wide range of experience in front end web technologies working at several digital agencies.

Being a standards advocate, she has a reputation for ensuring designs are coded to the highest web standards, with accessibility and usability always in mind. Meera has worked with a wide range of organisations such as HSBC, BAA and BT and by providing consultancy throughout a project lifecycle.

Meera also has a considerable amount of experience in SEO and social media, where she consistently converses about the latest technologies in the industry and best web practices on Twitter.

Anne has worked with IT in the not-for-profit sector for the last 10 years. Committed to promoting skills share between the IT sector and the 3rd Sector, she manages iT4Communities, previously a pro bono programme of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists and now AbilityNet. Anne is overseeing the transition of IT Can Help into AbilityNet, a much welcomed addition to their commitment to supporting volunteering.

AbilityNet - the charity changing lives through accessible technology

Meera and Anne will update you on the current work of AbilityNet & the part that they are playing in economic wellbeing of UKplc by realising the abilities of people with limiting conditions. You will be invited to partake in an active discussion about two key areas of AbilityNet’s work: Web Essentials & how the BCS is working in partnership with AbilityNet; and the volunteering programmes that AbilityNet run and how these resonate with the Big Society.

Web essentials:

The Equality and Human Rights Commission, AbilityNet, and BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT are proud to launch the Web Accessibility Essentials course - the only product of its kind in the UK. The Web Accessibility Essentials course offers guidance on best practice across all areas of digital content creation. Not only can accessible content give your brand the edge, both commercially and ethically, but compliance with the Equality Act 2010 is a legal requirement. The 80-minute, online course equips individuals and businesses with a fundamental understanding of digital inclusion, the legal issues surrounding it, and the skills to make simple, effective changes.

AbilityNet Volunteering:

The transition of IT Can Help from BCS to AbilityNet will have been two weeks old by the time of this meeting. Anne Stafford will update you about the current work of the AbilityNet iT4Communities programme, the challenges and opportunities facing them and the exciting further growth of pro bono work that IT Can Help within AbilityNet will bring. Both programmes build on the unquestionable willingness of IT professionals to give their time and skills to the not-for-profit sector and to individuals requiring specialist help.

Presentation - Anne Stafford (PDF)
Presentation - Meera Pankhania (PDF)