Thursday 9 March

An Inclusivity unlocked! Webinar about online accessibility

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Date and time

Start: Thursday 9 March 2023, 12:30 PM

End: Thursday 9 March 2023, 01:30 PM

Event Overview

What are the challenges that disabled (including neurodivergent) people can face when interacting with online content such as websites, registration forms and event access? How do those challenges impact on fair access to our profession and the work it does? Are we missing out on talented staff, and/or on potential clients?

This joint event from IP Ability community and CIPA will be exploring those questions. Our guest speaker is Chris Naylor from bnode, whose website says that “We see a world where digital strategy and ethical practices are intertwined, utilising the power of business as a force for good for the planet. It’s Digital Done Right.” Chris knows a great deal about accessible online content and has helped numerous organisations with “accessibility audits” to make their technology more inclusive. He’ll be sharing his thoughts with disabled IP professionals and providing us with some practical tips for making websites and digital systems more user-friendly for everyone.

In view of the importance of an online presence these days, all our organisations should be looking to make that presence fair, inclusive and welcoming. That’s why we’re delighted to include this joint webinar in IP Inclusive’s Inclusivity Unlocked! programme that’s focused on building more inclusive and accessible workplaces post-Covid.



Abhishek Dhol

Abhishek Dhol

Abhishek Dhol is an undergraduate Bachelors of Law (LLB) student at Queen Mary University of London and Director of Diversity and Inclusion at the Queen Mary Commercial Awareness Society. Abhishek has a condition called Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP). The retinas of his eyes are damaged, leaving him completely sightless. He has little to no light perception, and therefore uses nonvisual techniques to carry out the everyday activities of his life – using a screen-reader to read his study materials and deal with online communications.

Miriam Wollacott

Miriam Wollacott

Miriam Wollacott, a Senior Scientist in Pharmaceutical Development at Vectura Ltd. Mim has hearing difficulties and will tell us about how that affects her interactions with online platforms and tools.

Chris Naylor,Bnode

Chris Naylor,Bnode

Chris Naylor has worked within the digital industry for over 20 years and has made the topic of accessibility and environmental considerations a topic within modern digital practices. After many years of doing practical Web Building, PPC, SEO, Branding, and project management, he finally ended up in a directorship role within a digital agency. In 2021 he decided that it was time to move on and create a digital strategy agency that aligns with “my morals and offers digital marketing consulting services, focusing on how business can have strong ethical values while also growing profits.”

Debra Smith, Mayfin IP

Debra Smith, Mayfin IP

Debra’s technical background is in Mechanical Engineering (Imperial College, University of London). After completion of her degree in 1989 she worked in engineering for about 4 years, initially in R&D for the company that sponsored Debra through her degree – based in Leicester. She then worked for a Consultancy carrying out a contractual role – based in Peterborough.

At this stage, she decided to make a career change and ended up entering the IP profession (quite by accident) working for the UK MoD where she started her training in Intellectual Property, obtained a “Certificate in Intellectual Property Law” from QMWC and qualified as a UK Patent Attorney in 1998. After working at the MoD for 6 years, Debra changed jobs to work in-house for the next 14+ years and qualified as a European Patent Attorney in 1999.

Debra now has been working for her own company (Mayfin IP Ltd) for the last 8+ years and realises that it was only through the help provided by Debra’s previous employer that she could ever have setup her own business.

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