The All Able ethos: helping you help everyone
We believe that everyone should have equal opportunity to utilise public service, get an education, and engage with their communities to live an enjoyable and independent life. For people to have these opportunities, we believe that public services must change to offer equality and equal access through their services.
Over the last decade and more, public services have moved to digital platforms. No longer do organisations want the expense of call centres of face to face interactions when everything should be accomplished through a website. This is an incorrect assumption and through poor transition and implementation, the move to online services has alienated significant portions of the UK population.
Poor websites have disproportionately affected disabled users as their assistive technologies do not work with poorly constructed websites, and also affected those who have low digital skills, effectively blocking them from access to services. The overlap of these affected groups and those who statistically have most need of support from public services is high. Meaning that those that most need help can't get it easily.
We are All Able, a consulting company committed to using our expertise to help public sector organisations fix these problems, removing the blockers to their user and delivering accessible and inclusive services that work for everyone.
Together the All Able team have worked with nearly every area of the public sector and know the challenges of delivering effective services during times of austerity. Our specialist knowledge in the delivery of accessibility will help public sector organisations build services that remove barriers for staff and citizens to provide work and community environments that accept everyone, regardless of ability or disablement.
Meet the team
George Rhodes : Co-Founder
George is an experienced and award winning public sector professional having worked with Central and Local Government, Universities, Schools, NHS, Police Forces, Fire & Rescue Services and more to deliver value for money, effective and secure IT services.
For several years George's focus has been on the delivery of accessible and inclusive services for all citizens. He is the author of the only example of monitoring accessibility statements in Europe and his work on both statements and disproportionate burden misuse has been discussed by the European Commission as an exemplar for delivering accessibility for public services.
George is a well recognised speaker, having delivered talks up and down the country including; TechShare Pro 2019, events for UCISA, the BCS and the All Party Parliamentary Group for Assistive Technologies. Over the past 2 years, George has also been guest lecturing about accessibility at the University of Kent - School of Computing as part of their curriculum.
Alongside his Co-Founder Ben Watson, George has led a county wide initiative to improve accessibility of public sector that created the Lexdis Digital Accessibility Toolkit, an award winning set of free resources to help people improve their digital accessibility.
In his spare time, George is beginning studies for a PhD to develop improvements for tactile maps used in navigation.
Ben Watson : Co-Founder
Ben, a former law librarian, has a passion for inclusive design that has led him into researching and implementing approaches to inclusive information and technology provision for education.
He has experience of working with all UK education sectors (primary, secondary, further and higher education) and many years experience of working to improve both the physical and digital accessibility of education organisations.
In 2015 he initiated the OPERA (Opportunity, Productivity, Engagement, Reducing barriers, Achievement) project. This project reconsidered approaches to learning and teaching, digital systems and assistive technologies and catalysed a shift towards anticipatory reasonable adjustments and inclusive practice by design. This work has been hugely influential and was recognised in 2018 with Times Higher Education Award for Outstanding Support for Students.
Ben is also one of the founding chairs of the Further and Higher Education Digital Accessibility Working Group (FHEDAWG) which has worked directly with the Government Digital Service to develop guidance for the Higher and Further Education sectors to best meet obligations under the The Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) Accessibility Regulations 2018.
Paul-Georg Ender : Assistive Technology and User Experience Officer
Paul-Georg Ender is a first class Law graduate from the University of Kent in Canterbury after transferring from the University of Marburg in Germany. He is currently conducting a Research LLM evaluating the effectiveness of digital accessibility legislation in the UK.
A life long screen reader user, Paul leads on user experience at All Able.
Paul-Georg has developed a strong interest in accessibility after working closely with the University of Kent’s accessibility office. Together they have worked on making the campus, educational texts, and web pages more accessible to students with disabilities as well as communicating with staff and students on how to approach or better aid said students.
Paul-Georg has been awarded the University of Kent Student of the Year and Mike Oliver awards 2020 for his outstanding contributions to improving accessibility at the university.
In order to raise awareness regarding accessibility for others, Paul-Georg has participated in several conferences where he has given presentations concerning accessibility. These include: University of Maastricht, the ICC Mediation Competition in Paris and Kent Digital Accessibility Conference 2019 & 2020.
His goal is to better accessibility standards for universities and other organisations for visually impaired or blind individuals such as himself.
All Able is a committed member of many accessibility communities and as such we often work with other organisations to further the aims of inclusive practices. Here are some of our collaborators that we often work alongside to provide a wider range of support.
Alistair McNaught is a veteran accessibility expert with an extensive education background. All Able has worked with McNaught Consulting on many projects, both sitting on the Further and Higher Education Digital Accessibility Working Group (FHEDAWG) and significant contributors to the educational accessibility communities.
Textbox are the alt-text specialist who are experts in comprehensive description for complex images. They have a background in publishing and have worked with art galleries, universities, search engine and audio books on image description.