AbilityNet

AbilityNet

AbilityNet is a UK based charity that provides guidance, information, assessment and training on the subject of computing and disability.

In the 1980s a small team of people at IBM helped disabled people adapt and adjust their computers. This service was not set up on a commercial basis, but IBM realised it was needed and so in 1992 gave start-up funding for a separate charity to carry on the work of this group. That initiative saw the beginning of AbilityNet.

In 1998, with a reputation as a leader in this field, it was only natural to merge with another charity with a growing reputation for excellence in adaptive software. The Computability Centre and The Foundation for Communication for the Disabled (also around since the 1980s), joined to form AbilityNet.

AbilityNet is a pioneer in the field of website accessibility in Europe.

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