The government’s recruitment of technology and product design disability champions represents a new chance for those seeking opportunities regardless of disability. The UK government has revealed it will be recruiting a new technology disability champion.
The announcement was made to coincide with the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD 2018). The champion will use their influential status as a leader in the tech industry to raise awareness of the need for compatibility of mainstream products with assistive technology. The assistive technology sector currently contributes £85 million to our economy and has enriched many disabled people’s lives across the world.
But many mainstream businesses are still missing out on disabled people’s custom by failing to design technology with their needs in mind. The new champion will join the existing 14 champions who are already driving improvements to the accessibility of services and facilities in a range of sectors, including banking, music and tourism.
“There are nearly 14 million disabled people living in the UK, and our world-leading tech industry must ensure that it is capitalising on the spending power of their households – the Purple Pound – worth £249 billion every year," says Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work Sarah Newton. “I want tech companies to be a force for good, ensuring inclusion is a fundamental component of the design process so that disabled people can benefit from the latest innovations.”