Molly Watt Limited
According to the Office for National Statistics, there are over 10 million disabled people in the UK, representing around 15% of the population. More than ever before, the need to deliver inclusive, accessible digital products and services constitutes both a moral and a commercial imperative.
Accessible products ensure that people with disabilities - whether they are cognitive, physical, visual or auditory - can interact with, navigate and contribute to the web. Molly will begin the workshop by talking openly about her experience with Usher Syndrome and sharing her views on how technology can be better designed and configured to improve digital experiences for everyone and not just those with an impairment.
Molly, supported by Chris and Hannah from the Sigma accessibility team, will then guide you through the various challenges and obstacles that commonly prevent impaired users from engaging with digital products or services and teach you how to use some of the most popular assistive technologies on desktop and portable devices. We’ll demo and give you a chance to try using screen readers and screen magnification tools, vision impairment glasses and mobility gloves.
After this workshop, you’ll have a better understanding of the challenges users of assistive technologies encounter and learn the basic principles that will help you evaluate your own digital products to ensure you are providing the best, most inclusive experience for all your users.
Molly is 22 years old and living with a condition called Usher Syndrome, which causes deafblindness and has no cure. She is a director of Molly Watt Limited, a usability and accessibility consulting group, and co founder of the Molly Watt Trust, a non-profit helping to raise awareness about Usher Syndrome and provide access to technology.
Molly is a motivational speaker, author and illustrator of two children's books and avid blogger. She is an advocate and ambassador of both GN Resound and Sense, a national deafblind charity in the UK. Using her negative experiences to make a positive difference to others, Molly is proud to have spoken at the Houses of Parliament, Harvard Medical School, Apple Campus, Camp Digital, the BBC, the NHS and for private audiologists around the UK. Her passion is accessibility and the use of assistive technology to enable and enhance the lives of people living with life changing conditions.
Chris has over 15 years’ experience in interaction design, usability and accessibility. He counts himself lucky to have worked on many successful high profile projects, across a wide variety of sectors and technologies, for both national and global brands including National Geographic, BBC Canada, InterContinental Hotels Group, Citizens Advice and AstraZeneca. Chris is a certified HCI usability analyst, a UX evangelist and a member of Northern UX group, UXmentors.co.uk, WaSP ILG, and WaSP Interact - part of the global web standards project. Chris leads the Experience Design team at Sigma, a Swedish IT consulting organisation with 2700 people across 11 countries. He leads the group’s centre of excellence for experience design.