In the blind and partially sighted community, assistive technology is vitally important, enabling them to carry out their job roles and day-to-day tasks. We live in an exciting time of constant technological innovation, with advances happening on a day to day basis. We believe that with the right kind of guidance, developers can create assistive technology that empowers blind and partially sighted people to achieve things they previously might have thought impossible.

Our guest this month, Steve Tyler, has spent decades managing innovative tech projects that have led to significant leaps in the accessibility of products for the VI community. In this session he will tell us more about the some of the work he’s involved in, how he’s leveraged tech to support him through his long career, and how you yourself may be able to help him further improve the assistive tech support available to VI people.

About Steve Tyler

Steve is currently director of assistive technology at Leonard Cheshire.

His background is in clinical psychology, but he became interested in the technical revolution that was the worldwide web and very early experimentation with intelligence in computing. Steve’s focus has been on what mechanisms work and don’t work in bringing about accessibility for blind and partially sighted people to mainstream devices and platforms. Registered blind since a young age, Steve has used his passion for inclusion to drive him on his mission. This passion has seen him lead on projects such as digital television access for the UK and US; creating the Ivona text to speech voices that were built in to Kindle and later became known as Alexa; access to payment systems and transport infrastructure. At the other end of the spectrum, Steve has also worked with specific product manufacturers like Olympus.

He’s also been heavily involved in leading legislative and regulatory changes, such as the standards that saw the introduction of braille being produced on pharmaceutical packaging. Steve also sits on the accessibility strategy board for Google and Microsoft, and is heavily involved in various other assistive tech projects.

When: Wednesday 27th February 6pm – 8pm

Where: Pocklington Hub, Tavistock House South (entrance D), Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9LG

We can offer assistance from Euston station to our venue to those who request it To book your place please send us an email: [email protected]

Bookings will close Monday 18th February.