Through our research activities we are able to offer a number of services to our partners and customers. Prof Annalu’s Waller is a registered Chartered Scientist at IPEM (Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine).
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We offer interested parties the opportunity to tap directly into the research, knowledge and expertise that we have built up over many years of academic research and working with real people to understand how technology can best be designed to help improve their everyday lives. In particular, we offer unique access to users with complex physical and communication impairments.
If you’d like to find out more about our research in accessibility and inclusive design, if you would like to talk about partnership and or research opportunities, or even if you would just like to know a little more about what we do, then please contact Prof Annalu Waller.
A brief history …
Up to 1st September 2013, our consultancy services were conducted through the Digital Media Access Group (DMAG), a digital accessibility and inclusive design consultancy service. DMAG was established in 1999 by a group of researchers from the School of Computing as a spin-off from DISinHE, a project which was funded to advise the UK Higher Education community on issues relating to disability, technology and learning. DISinHE evolved into what is now the JISC Techdis Service. Since then, the group has helped clients from industry, education, healthcare, and government (both local and national).
DMAG started out by providing a web site accessibility auditing service and, while the Web has remained its core focus throughout the past fourteen years, over the years the group has diversified to work with software applications, smartphone apps, Automated Teller Machines (ATMs), public kiosks, and interactive digital television.
As researchers by trade, DMAG staff were active on a number of short – and long – term projects in accessibility research, regularly publishing papers, and attending conferences and other events to talk about accessibility in general. DMAG has been a key player in promoting good practice within industry, and much of the web accessibility work undertaken by DMAG is now offered by commercial companies or by in-house staff. We are proud of our impact on driving the accessibility agenda forward and believe that DMAG achieved its original aims.