About the RNIB Digital Accessibility Team (DAT)

Photograph of a hand using a computer mouse The Digital Accessibility Team (DAT) are involved in influencing the research and development of new technologies for the future benefit of blind and partially sighted people and in providing standards and research to improve the design of equipment to ensure it is accessible by people with sight problems.

DAT is continuing its work in the areas of Human Computer Interaction (HCI) by participating in a number of British Standards Institute (BSI) groups including ICT/6 ICT Accessibility Coordination Panel, IST/45 Web Accessibility Committee and PH/9 Applied Ergonomics Committee. Along with this, DAT is also involved in a number of research initiatives and other projects in these areas.

Examples of recent projects that DAT has been involved in include:

AEGIS projectAEGIS (Open Accessibility Everywhere: Groundwork, Infrastructure, Standards)
The ÆGIS project seeks to determine whether 3rd generation access techniques will provide a more accessible and exploitable approach in mainstream ICT (desktop, rich Internet and mobile applications). This will be developed and explored with the Open Accessibility Framework (OAF) through which aspects of the design, development and deployment of accessible mainstream ICT are addressed. For further information please see the ÆGIS website.

DAB Radios
Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) commissioned i2 Media research to look at how accessible the functional and design features of digital radios are. The checklist of features produced by i2 Media research was used by Ricability who were comissioned to test the features of DAB radios likely to be helpful to blind, partially sighted and dexterity impaired people. For the full report see Ricability's website. For further information on the DAB Radio project and for i2 Media's Executive Summary please see RNIB Media and Culture Team's Digital Radio page.

Meet the Digital Accessibility Team

Principal Manager

Robin Spinks oversees DAT and has previously worked at Sightsavers International leading on capacity building in developing countries, in the field of accessibility and assistive technology. He chaired the Global Accessibility Working Group at Sightsavers and had lead their engagement with the UN and other international bodies in regard to technology issues. In a voluntary capacity Robin is Vice-President of the Albinism Fellowship.

Digital Accessibility Development Officers

Sally Cain, Steve Griffiths, Kiran Kaja and Shaun Leamon are responsible for monitoring, developing, implementing and contributing to the accessible design of technology interfaces, digital accessibility solutions and standards which influence policy and practice, for people with sight loss.

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