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About Neil Milliken


Head of Accessibility & Digital Inclusion and member of the Scientific Community

Neil Milliken is VP - Global Head of Accessibility & Digital Inclusion at Atos, member of the Atos Scientific Community & Atos Distinguished Expert.

Neil is a leading strategist and community builder with over two decades of experience within the Accessibility and Assistive Technology fields and served as invited expert for the W3C Cognitive Accessibility Taskforce

Neil is a member of the Board of Directors for World Institute on Disability, Non Exec Chair of the Board at Genius Within, member of the advisory board of the Valuable500 & Served as Chair of the Diversity Board for Institute of Coding.

He is co-founder of AXSChat Europe’s largest twitter chat with a focus on Accessibility & Inclusion.

Neil is dyslexic and has ADHD, he advocates for people with neurodivergent conditions as well as other disabilities and additional needs.




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Articles posted by Neil Milliken

#PurpleLightUp 2021

As we once again celebrate International Day of Persons With Disabilities this December 3rd it feels like a good time to reflect on what’s been happening at Atos in terms of disability inclusion and accessibility in the 12 months since the last #PurpleLightUp.We’ve been able to put our policies into action through the creation of our accessibility governance programme chaired by our CEO with the active support of our Heads…

#WeThe15 at Atos

Today marks the launch of #WeThe15 by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), the largest campaign ever of its kind focused on disability visibility and inclusion. It is a long-running campaign focused on bringing about systemic change over the course of a decade. At Atos, we are proud to be the Worldwide IT Partner of the IPC since 2008, and I have always been proud of…

Why empowering the middle is key to a more accessible future

As we approach Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) on May 20, I’ve been thinking about inclusive culture and what this means for organizations embracing accessibility. Disability inclusion has historically been driven bottom-up in organizations by employees who have lived experience of disability self-advocating for the changes needed to be effective in their roles.…

Purple Light Up 2020

It doesn’t seem that long ago since I was writing a blog post for Purple Light Up in early December 2019 and yet in other ways it seems like a lifetime ago. The world we live and work in has changed significantly due to Covid-19. We have seen a rapid shift to remote working and 2020 will be remembered as the year of videoconferencing…

Let’s make Accessibility sustainable at scale

When you hear the word ‘sustainability’, do you immediately think of the environment, green energy and windmills? When we examine the UN sustainable development goals there are multiple interconnected goals that address global challenges relating to poverty, inequality, climate change, peace and justice as well as the one we immediately think of - environmental degradation. Recently my colleague José Esteban Lauzan…

How accessible technology can help in our rapidly changing world

As the current COVID-19 pandemic has necessitated remote working for millions of people globally, communications platforms play a crucial role in enabling organizations to adjust and cope with new social distancing requirements. Remote and flexible working has tremendous potential to open-up employment opportunities for people with disabilities if delivered accessibly whilst at the same time…

The value of a diverse workforce in inclusive AI development

This article is part of Atos Digital Vision: Ethics opinion paper which explores how embedding ethical reflection into the design of digital technologies can lead to genuine benefits for customers and citizens by helping to address their legitimate concerns about their wider impact, today and into the future

Celebrating the International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Today, we are proud to celebrate the International Day for Persons with Disabilities and the global movement for change #PurpleLightUp, as we aim to support the UN’s initiative promoting the rights and wellbeing of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society and development. To mark this day, three of my colleagues are taking the time to tell…

Purple Light Up 2019

It is often said that human perception of time varies according to circumstances. It is certainly the case for me with Dyslexia and ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) as it only seems like the blink of an eye since 2018 when we were working to make our website purple for International Day of Persons with Disabilities as part of the #PurpleLightUp campaign. And yet…

Tech for Good

Shortly I will be joining several hundreds of my Atos colleagues in Madrid for our annual expert convention. I am excited this year to be given the job of hosting a panel session on ‘Technology for Good’ together with Atos experts, partners and start-ups. This session is particularly timely! Recently Atos CEO, Thierry Breton blogged about Atos's raison d'être, explaining that the “era of move…

Happy #GAAD!

The 3rd Thursday in May is Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD). It also coincides with my birthday so for the last four years I have spent my birthday running around organizing events to raise awareness about accessibility with colleagues, partners and the wider community. This year will be no exception as we are running in-person events in four countries and online sessions for colleagues around the globe…

#PurpleLightUp

The 3rd of December is the International Day for Persons with Disabilities. To mark this occasion, I’d like to invite everyone to join us for #PurpleLightUp as we aim to support the UN’s initiative to promote the rights and wellbeing of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society and development. As Global head of Accessibility and one of the sponsors of Atos Adapt, our employee disability network,…

Bringing inclusion through accessibility

Thursday 17th May, we celebrated Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) by hosting our fourth annual event, looking at inclusion through accessibility. We were joined by many from the accessibility community including representatives from the government, industry, financial services, academic and user communities. Right now is an exciting time for accessibility and the future is looking bright. Microsoft recently announced a new $25 million, 5-year…

Maintaining the legacy of the Winter Paralympic Games in society and the workplace

David Bowie’s ‘Heroes’ was the anthem for athletes at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. The famous words ‘we can be heroes, just for one day’ are memorable and empowering – but why settle on being a hero, for just one day? The Paralympic Games shine a light on diversity and…

Challenging unconscious bias: Who would you choose to survive a zombie apocalypse?

From picking the colour blue for boys to assuming girls are better at multi-tasking, social constructs can engrain subtle biases within all of us that can be hard to shake off. But for many, unconscious bias can present barriers in areas of everyday life. In the UK, 60% of disabled employees have…

Global Accessibility Awareness Day: Challenging assumptions and celebrating ability

Improving accessibility and celebrating diversity in the workplace have always been issues which I’m passionate about. So, when I first came across Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) on social media 5 years ago, I knew I wanted to get involved at first by attending events but for the last three years hosting events for GAAD. GAAD…

Using the legacy of the Rio 2016 Paralympics to drive social inclusion

As the dust settles on another epic Paralympic Games, I look back on the IPC Inclusion Summit held in Rio earlier this month. It was a privilege to be invited to speak alongside business leaders, governments at the summit which was opened over video link by UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon. We explored…

Why accessibility should be front of mind during this summer of sport

The Rio 2016 Paralympic Games are just days away, and there’s already heightened interest in watching Parasport, with adverts such as “We’re the Superhumans” from UK broadcaster, Channel 4, ramping up excitement. With such a spotlight on the talents of individuals with disabilities – whether physical or cognitive – now is the…

Access all areas

Neil Milliken, Atos Head of Accessibility and Digital Inclusion, pinpoints the areas of greatest promise for assistive technology in the workplace Making assistive technology (AT) tools discreet and integrating them into commonly used products should be an important objective for businesses seeking to be more inclusive. Social media has allowed people to share information and ideas around accessibility in the workplace, bringing these topics out…

Operation Accessibility: Making BBC services inclusive to all

In my last post , I discussed Atos’ commitment to digital inclusion. As part of this, we’ve focused our work on improving access to internal services for all 90,000 employees, but we’re also dedicated to helping our customers improve accessibility within their own organisations. There are some forward-thinking organisations that are leading the field in making services accessible…

Unlocking accessibility through wearables

Could you invent the next big thing? Living in the digital era, we’re more accustomed to accessing services online, both as consumers and workers. But these services are not universally accessible. Today, there are 49m adults living in the UK, with 6.7m unable to get online. Three-quarters of these individuals are 65 or older and over half have a disability. For the older generations…

Accessibility & Inclusion - The Future Is In Our Hands

We who work in the profession or who advocate for greater accessibility are custodians and must work to be able to hand over to the next generation when the time comes. There is a shortage of skills in the Accessibility profession. The accessibility world is a small one. For a world population of…

My Adaptive Workplace - Delivering on Accessibility

Every couple of years the media spotlight falls upon the Paralympics and the amazing achievements of the athletes. As the games draw to a close and focus turns away from sport back to normality, I thought it would be good to highlight what we are doing to support people with disabilities in the workplace. Providing and supporting assistive…

Inclusive IT Strategy is more than Accessibility and Assistive Tech

It’s good Business! The London 2012 Paralympic Games are about to start and the excitement, expectation and demand for tickets have never been higher. Today Paralympians such as Oscar Pistorius are as recognizable as their able-bodied counterparts, but this hasn’t always been so. The first disability rights legislation in the UK, the Chronically Sick and…