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Ben Watson

Accessibility Consultant - All Able
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Ben is a highly experienced Information Professional with many years of experience throughout the education sector. Ben has been involved in the delivery of guidance that has become best practice advice by Universities UK, and has done significant work to improve the accessibility of the student journey from start to finish in Kent.

Ben has led many projects in the accessible information sphere one of which was recognised with a Times Higher Education Award for Outstanding Student Experience. He holds two master’s degrees in Information and Education and worked in a Kent collaboration that was one of the first to deliver a compliant accessibility statement for public sector bodies in the UK. Ben is a leading proponent of assistive technology (AT) as a mainstream technology and has led numerous campaigns to encourage the widest possible use of AT and conversion technologies to support access to education for everyone.

Over the past several years Ben and George have been involved in national work associated with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) Accessibility Regulations 2018, including working with the All Party Parliamentary Group for Assistive Technologies, providing advice on regulation compliance to the Cabinet Office Minister for Implementation, chairing members of the national Further and Higher Education Digital Accessibility Working Group, chairing members of the Cross Government O365 Accessibility Working Group, authors of the award winning Lexdis digital accessibility toolkit among other achievements. Ben and George have also spoken at many international events regarding some of their world leading research and practices in the field.