When procuring ICT systems and services, is accessibility on your agenda, asks Jo Greenwell, head of Public Access Services at national disability and computing charity, AbilityNet. Mention the word “accessible” and most people immediately think of buildings, ramps and wheelchairs. To make reasonable adjustments for those with special needs is an obligation enshrined within the law both on the part of employers (who need to make adequate provision for their employees), and for organisations providing services to the public, be they state, private or voluntary sector.
New technologies that foster smarter, more agile and productive ways of working are in high demand. Particularly across the government and public sector, with cost efficiency, office consolidations and budget cuts abound.