Avita Tech successfully nominated AbilityNet to receive a £4000 donation!
London based Avita Tech successfully nominated AbilityNet to receive a £4000 donation. As a result technical innovation pioneer disability charity AbilityNet received the donation from tech industry body CompTIA.
On Wednesday 21st June 2017, CompTIA, the global IT industry trade association, presented a donation of £4000 to innovative disability charity AbilityNet. “Since 2013 CompTIA’s member communities and councils have donated more than a half million pounds to technology-related charities. Each year we ask our membership for nominations for charities to support and one of our members, Avita Tech Ltd, nominated AbilityNet for the 2017 donation. They fully met the criteria we set for nominations of charities that focus on using IT for the greater good.” says Estelle Johannes, Director, Member Communities, at CompTIA.
Julian Kirkpatrick, Client Services Manager, from Avita Tech Ltd was at the regional meeting in Liverpool in order to introduce Robin Christopherson MBE, the Head of Digital Inclusion at AbilityNet. “Avita Tech Ltd has been designing, installing and supporting Audio Visual and IT systems for over 20 years and are therefore acutely aware of end user needs. The quality, reliability and user friendliness of AV and IT is very important to our customers and we therefore take it very seriously. When we received the request from CompTIA for nominations for a charity to support with a generous donation the obvious choice for us was AbilityNet. They are a tech savvy charity that is dedicated to helping disabled and older people harness the power of technology. They provide a range of high quality paid for and free services that help disabled people succeed at work, at home and in education. AbilityNet also has a network of friendly, disclosure checked ‘ITCanHelp’ volunteers who offer free computer support to disabled people and older people” he commented.
Introducing AbilityNet to the Liverpool CompTIA regional meeting audience Robin Christopherson was very positive but warned that there was still much more to be achieved by industry and service providers, especially IT and technology companies. Robin is himself blind but effortlessly enthralled the audience with deft demonstrations of bad and good technology. He gave an example of bad use of technology with a recording of a string of letters and numbers to be entered on a website to confirm that you are ‘not a robot’. No one in the audience of 100 were able to correctly transcribe the string as the automated voice was almost completely unintelligible. This was apparently designed to help blind and visually impaired users but was useless in its execution. He then demonstrated a good use of technology by taking a picture with his phone and having an app with a better automated voice describe to him that Estelle was holding up a bottle of water in front of him, whilst wearing a black top. “With 73% of disabled people in the UK unemployed, things obviously need to change. Some recent developments in apps, when combined with appropriate training, have a transformative effect on the quality of life experienced by some people with disabilities. The speed with which this progress has taken place is stunning. However, there remains a long way to go as, for instance, recent research has shown that many websites across both the public and private sector are still not disabled user friendly.” He concluded “AbilityNet thanks Avita Tech for the nomination and CompTIA and its membership for the generous donation. We promise that we will use the money wisely to provide more free IT and technology services to disabled people to help them succeed at work, at home and in education”
For any further details please contact:
Estelle Johannes Director, Member Communities UK – CompTIA
Robin Christopherson Head of Digital Inclusion – AbilityNet
Julian Kirkpatrick Client Services Manager – Avita