The All Able ethos: helping you help everyone
Here at All Able, we are committed to using our expertise to help public sector organisations to deliver accessible and inclusive services that work for 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, and with the impact of Covid-19 this move to remote working and digital interaction has been accelerated. Sadly 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 are those who statistically have most need of support from public services, meaning that those that most need help often can't get it easily.
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: Director
George is an experienced and award winning public sector professional having worked with Central and Local Government, Universities, Colleges, 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. Known for his extensive knowledge on UK accessibility legislation, 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 and 2020, events for UCISA, the BCS , the All Party Parliamentary Group for Assistive Technologies and the European Disability Forum.
Alongside his Co-Founder Ben Watson, George has led a county wide initiative to improve accessibility of public sector organisations. The result of the initiative created the Lexdis Digital Accessibility Toolkit, an award winning set of free resources to help people improve their digital accessibility.
His years of involvement with academia have seen George guest lecturing about accessibility as part of Computer Science curriculums and help set best practice for accessibility in educational materials. George and Ben are now engaged in research directing the Further Education sector on accessibility. In his spare time George studies for a PhD to develop improvements for tactile maps used in navigation.
Ben Watson: Director
Ben, a former law librarian and qualified teacher, 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 Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) Accessibility Regulations 2018.
Ben holds two Masters degrees associated with education and learning development, and is undertaking a PhD at the University of Kent looking at the provision of accessible information in education and developing mechanisms for measuring its impact.
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 and has been funded to continue his research into a PhD.
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, and 2021.
His goal is to better accessibility standards for universities and other organisations for visually impaired or blind individuals such as himself.
Georgia Mann: Communications Officer
Georgia graduated from the University of Greenwich with a Masters in Literary London, following on from a first-class English Literature BA. Since then she has been working in communications for Student Services at the University of Kent.
Dan Clark: E-Learning Consultant
Dan is an experienced educational professional with over sixteen years’ experience of the Higher, Further and Secondary Education sectors. Dan has worked in a variety of roles, including those of educator, learning technologist and manager. He has an extensive knowledge of digital tools and platforms used to promote quality teaching and effective learning for all.
All Able is a committed member of many accessibility communities and we often work with other organisations to further the aims of inclusive practice. Here are some of our collaborators that we often work alongside to provide a wider range of support.
Alistair McNaught is an 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.
eLaHub are a team of L&D and accessibility professionals who specialise in eLearning accessibility. Their extensive experience and passion for inclusive learning make them industry leaders in providing services to help organisations improve the learning experience for everyone including people with disabilities and impairments.
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.