Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2022

United Kingdom & Ireland

Tuesday 17th of May at 12:00 CET / 11:00 BST

Join our virtual event on the 17th of May to celebrate Atos’ UK&I Accessibility Awareness Day for a few hours of varied and engaging discussions around accessibility. The purpose of this event is to get everyone talking, thinking, and learning about accessibility and disability inclusion.

This year we will be running a virtual event which will be livestreamed across multiple of our social media channels from 11:00 to 13:00 (BST) with various presenters.

This is not a technical conference, and it is aimed at engaging the widest possible audience. We hope that you will find something of your interest throughout the course of the event.

The event will have captioning.

No registration is required, we hope you can join us to celebrate.

Watch the event

It will be live on 17th May at 12:00 CET / 11:00 BST on the below channels

Agenda

This event runs from 11:00 BST to 13:00 BST (12:00 – 14:00 CET) on Tuesday 17th of May.

Time (CET)SubjectSpeaker(s)Company
12:00-12:02IntroductionJim SmithAtos
12:02 – 12:29Panel Discussion: Supporting Accessibility in an Enterprise EnvironmentDiane Lightfoot & Jim SmithBusiness Disability Forum / Atos
12:29 – 12:54Presentation: Cultivating Accessibility Talent & Panel Discussion: Journey through Atos’ Accessibility ApprenticeshipMark Wilcock, Damian Farrelly & Kiril TurleyAtos
12:54-13:36Presentation: SCULPTing Document Accessibility at ScaleHelen Wilson & Mark WilcockWorcestershire County Council / Atos
13:36-14:51Panel Discussion: Providing Effective & Appropriate Workplace Adjustments in an Enterprise EnvironmentNathan Wood, Adam Kempa & Mark WilcockAtos
14:51-14:52ClosingMark WilcockAtos

Speakers

Jim Smith

Head of Accessibility & Digital Inclusion UK & Ireland – Atos

Jim is currently Head of Accessibility and Digital Inclusion for the UK&I, heading a diverse team of 15 Accessibility professionals. The team supports enterprise customers in the Telecom and Media Technology, Financial Services and Insurance, Health and Life Sciences, Public Sector and Defense, and semi-State sectors. The team actively supports bid work across the Atos organisation. It also provides Accessibility and Assistive Technology support for Atos employees in the UK&I and works closely with delivery teams to support Atos internal tooling globally.

In addition to tactical support, Jim provides strategic leadership in Accessibility through the Atos Global Accessibility Team, the Atos Expert Community, and the Atos Scientific Community. He is currently an IAAP Certified Professional in Web Accessibility, holds an ITIL V4 Foundation Certificate, and an Irish State recognised post-graduate qualification in “Train the Trainer.”

Before joining the UK&I Accessibility and Digital Inclusion team in September 2014 Jim was part of the eLearning, Training and Quality Management support team in the Siemens and Atos Global Service Desk environments. Prior to joining the Tech industry Jim spent 10 years as a post-doctoral researcher in University College Cork, Ireland, specialising the quantitative modelling of ancient environments.

Jim’s driving passion is Inclusion, in particular ensuring that technology and processes not only do not hinder people but that they are used to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to realise their full potential.

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Diane Lightfoot

CEO – Business Disability Forum

Diane Lightfoot is CEO of Business Disability Forum, a not-for-profit membership organisation that supports businesses to recruit and retain disabled employees and to serve disabled customers. Business Disability Forum’s c.450 members employ around 20% of the UK workforce and range from FTSE 100 companies and central Government departments to technology, transport and construction companies, retailers, higher education providers and public services bodies.

Diane is co-Chair of the Disability Charities Consortium, a group of nine major national disability charities in the UK. She is also Chair of the Disabled Students Stakeholder Group, and sits on the Institute of Coding’s Diversity & Inclusion Board, the Advisory board for the Centre for Neurodiversity Research at Work, the Steering Group for the RSA Inclusive Work, Disability and Ageing Network and the Steering Group for the Global Business Disability Network, hosted by the International Labor Organization.

Prior to joining Business Disability Forum in February 2017, Diane was Director of Policy and Communications for national disability charity United Response. Whilst at United Response, Diane also took on the strategic leadership of the organisation’s employment services as a whole and she is passionate about the role that good work has to play in transforming people’s lives.

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Helen Wilson

Senior Web Development & Digital Content Designer – Worcestershire County Council

Helen Wilson is a Senior Web and Digital Designer and the SCULPT lead at Worcestershire County Council. Before her time at Worcestershire County Council, she spent 14 years working in online learning and teaching in Further Education as well as teaching for several years on the BTEC and HND multimedia and digital design pathways. She has taken part in many JISC projects around digital literacies and is Master’s Degree qualified in Education (SEND) and Online and Distance Education. Her experience, and the research she has conducted has inspired many of her ideas to inform the SCULPT model at Worcestershire.

At Worcestershire County Council, they aim to be a digitally inclusive. Part of that is educating their workforce with the basics to be digitally accessible. They have developed SCULPT for Accessibility as a whole workforce approach to lay the foundations of accessibility awareness and the basic skills to produce accessible content.

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Mark Wilcock

Accessibility Academy & Accessibility Knowledge Leads – Atos

Mark is the Global Accessibility Academy & Accessibility Knowledge Lead at Atos, CPWA Certified, an ex-contributing member of the W3C WCAG Working Group for WCAG 2.1 and W3C Cognitive Accessibility Taskforce and an Atos Expert for Immersive Experiences.

Mark is also the co-chair for the development of the Digital Accessibility Specialist Apprenticeship standard, the first apprenticeship standard for Accessibility globally.

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Nathan Wood

Junior Accessibility Specialist – Atos

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Kiril Turley

Junior Accessibility Specialist – Atos

Kiril Turley - LinkedIn

Damian Farrelly

Junior Accessibility Specialist – Atos

Damian Farrelly - LinkedIn

Adam Kempa

Assistive Technology Procurement Specialist – Atos

Contact

Mark Wilcock

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Jim Smith

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