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On May 18th organisations and individuals will be participating for the 6th year running in events and activities to promote and raise awareness of digital accessibility.

’The Purpose of GAAD is to get everyone talking, thinking, and learning about digital access and inclusion and people with different disabilities’’

This year Destek will be participating in two major events at Atos and the BBC

Atos hold an event annually to mark the day,  delegates are by by invitation only and Destek are delighted once again to be invited to participate.

Andrea Kennedy, Destek’s Digital Accessibility Architect will be delivering a technical session on ‘Understanding Accessibility Requirements’ and more details on speakers and the topics being discussed can be found below.

The BBC, like Atos also host an annual internal event in London and have invited Destek to exhibit Assistive Technology(AT) to raise awareness of how AT can benefit staff with disabilities in the workplace. Mehmet Evsen will be manning the stand to answer any questions and demonstrate the AT and training Destek can provide to organisations.


Please also visit our Destek Twitter Page where we will be posting accessibility and assistive technology tips!

To follow our assistive technology and accessibility tips on the 18th follow us @DestekSolutions


To learn more about the day’s events please visit the website at

Atos Itinerary for Global Accessibility Awareness Day

Main Session


Start Finish Presenter Topic
10:00 10:10 Adrian Gregory Welcome
10:10 10:15 Neil Milliken Introduction to GAAD
10:15 10:40 Jane Buggy What Accessibility means to Atos
10:40 11:00 Rachel Neaman Digital Inclusion
11:00 11:15 Tea / Coffee / Networking
11:15 11:30 Sarah Brooke Supporting Accessibility in the workplace
11:30 11:50 Dan Brooke (Channel 4) Accessibility in the Main Stream Media
11:50 12:10 Graham Bodman Accessibility in Worldline Services
12:10 12:30 Leena Haque / Sean Gilroy Challenging Unconscious bias through Gamification
12:30 14:00 Lunch / Demos / Networking
14:00 14:30 Expert Panel Q & A Session: John Hall (Atos): Chair; Diane Lightfoot: Business Disability Forum; Paul Smyth: Barclays Head of Accessibility; Jane Dickinson MBE: Accessibility Advisor, Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO) Enabling Accessibility in the workplace
14:30 14:50 Neil Milliken Connecting communities online for inclusion
14:50 15:10 Tea / Coffee / Networking
15:10 15:30 Gavin Neate Proximity aware accessible technologies
15:30 15:50 Hector Minto (Microsoft) Accessibility in context
15:50 16:10 EA Draffan Accessible MOOC
16:10 16:20 Atos Apprentice Scheme Developing in-house talent
16:20 16:30 Neil Milliken Review and Closing Meeting



Technical Session


Start Finish Presenter Topic
10:30 11:00 Andrea Kennedy Understanding Accessibility Requirements
11:00 11:15 Tea / Coffee / Networking
11:30 12:00 Gavin Neate Neatebox
12:00 12:30 Freedom of Speech Dragon Demo
12:30 14:00 Lunch / Demos / Networking
14:00 14:30 Atos Staff JAWS / ZoomText Demo
14:30 14:50 Christian Paterson OSAi: The OW2 Open Source Accessibility Initiative led by Orange
14:50 15:10 Tea / Coffee / Networking
15:10 15:30 Barclays Accessibility Maturity Model
15:30 16:00 TextHelp Read and Write Gold Demo