UKAAF unveils powerful speaker line-up for June conference and AGM

London, June 4th, 2018The UK Association for Accessible Formats has announced an inspired line-up of speakers for its upcoming conference and AGM, taking place on Wednesday June 13th 2018 at the RNIB offices in Judd Street, London. The theme this year is Accessibility in Business, and attendees will hear some first-hand experiences from those tackling information accessibility in their working lives.

James O’Driscoll lost his sight in his mid-20s. He has since worked as a personal trainer, working for Virgin Active Health Club in Bromley for many years before setting up his own business in Aylesbury. James will recount his experiences, accompanied by his Access-to-Work supporter and his guide dog.

Access to Work (AtW) is a customer-led government programme offering advice, workplace assessments and discretionary grants for adjustments to employees in the private and public sector. Ian Milton of the Department for Work & Pensions (DWP), another speaker, will explain more about the initiative.

Dan Mitchell will showcase the work of Blind in Business (BIB), a 26-year-old charity formed by three blind graduates to help blind people into work, and to coach blind and visually impaired children in their career planning. The charity’s ethos is around giving young people confidence to progress through education and into a good job. In his 18 years at BIB, Dan has trained 6,000+ young people.

Other speakers include a representative from Leonard Cheshire Disability, who will expand on the theme of life and work skills.

Commenting on this year’s workplace theme and speaker line-up, Richard West, Chair of UKAAF, said, “After last year’s successful Education theme, what better way to continue the discussion around information accessibility than to look at the implications for the workplace, and those striving to make a positive difference. We look forward to welcoming everyone on June 13th.”

The UKAAF Conference will take place at the RNIB premises, 105 Judd Street, London on Wednesday June 13th, from 10.30 to 15.00 with the AGM, during which new members will be appointed to the Board, held from 15.05 to 16.00.

Members and non-members are welcome to attend the conference, although places are limited. UKAAF members are invited to remain seated for the official AGM business at the end of the day. For more information or to book a place at the AGM, please contact [email protected] or visit


Notes for editors

Accessible formats are alternatives to printed information, used by blind and partially sighted people, or others with a print impairment and include electronic text, large print, audio, braille, and accessible images among others.


UKAAF (the UK Association for Accessible Formats) is the industry association improving the social inclusion of blind and partially sighted people, and others with a print-reading impairment, by promoting better availability and quality of accessible formats. It sets standards and promotes best practice for quality accessible information based on user needs, and helps organisations better meet the needs of people who struggle to read standard printed materials.

UKAAF’s members include individuals, transcribers, service providers, educators, researchers, print services, publishers and end users. Visit

Media contact:

Carina Birt

Public Relations Officer, UKAAF

[email protected]

+44 07970 006624


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