This is the talk I did for Upfront 2019 at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester.

People too often think accessibility is just about ramps and Braille. But it covers a much wider area – helping people with mental illnesses, learning difficulties, neurodevelopmental disorders – and, crucially, “normal” people! Almost every improvement you make for a particular group helps everyone outside that group as well.

So many access improvements can be so easily made – from having a photo of the door of your building on your website, to help people find it, or telling people when an event ends as well as starts so they know how long they have to sit still!

And when it comes to your employees, accessibility goes even further. It’s not just about altering their environment so they can do their best work, it’s about exploiting their unique gifts so they can truly shine.