RS to approach Sarah Foxhall from Microsoft re attending
MT could show NVDA (Non Visual Desktop access, Free screen-reader) on one of the £99 computers if possible/available.
MB and RS: Possibly do some IPADIO interviews at conference.
AZ: Pocklington have some technology ideas which they could present.
RS and MT: talking head video at conference about successes for the UK VISION strategy at the conference pre the review would energise people for the Strategy review.
2. Strategy review. Group agreed the need to capture everything that has happened being part of the review and not leaving technology as a compartmentalised sideline. Make sure technology is a key part of the revitalised UK Strategy.
RS: Technology to end isolation is a key message.
MB: Get people to write a day of week of technology as evidence for the review.
MT: Compartmentalise this get the same story from children, working age, older people (with and without sight so the stories can be reviewed).
MT: will review documentation and look into getting milestones etc from people
MB: RS or MRD to look at previous minutes of the meeting to look at issues raised and addresses by the meetings in the past.
3: “Technology for life ‘Tools for Access’” video. 2 versions Long and Short.
MRB to put link to this on VISION2020UK when it is released.
MB suggested using it at conference as background film.
4. Future Sessions: All 11- 1 (2) 23rd April, 20th July, 19th Sept. Locations TBC
RS looking at Google for the 23rd April and will confirm locations
MB: Endorsement of projects or technology as a VISION 2020UK group (such as the lighting projects previously)
RS: RNIB looking at a mobile phone charter (to go to the mobile phone manufacturers to try to make sure accessibility is a cornerstone of design)
RS: 29th Feb Microsoft Launching the accessibility features of Windows 8 (3 voices and new keyboard commands is all we know so far).
RS will put his as a rolling item on future agendas
6. Agencies update.
MT: Vodaphone ‘Talks’ Limited nature of the facility comes up quite alot on the helpline.
RS: The Demo product will not be continued with they will be going ahead with NOKIA screenreader (need sighted help to download) on NOKIA bell devices lobbying to get this preloaded. ‘Nuance talks’ product not sure if this will be continued with by NOKIA.
MT: Android advocated on ‘IN TOUCH’ which is problematic as they aren’t good for novice users
Technology weekend at the Russell hotel in Bognor cancelled.
Sight Village causing some consternation in BCAB due to multiplication of sites and it being used as a fundraiser from QAC BCAB no longer supporting it.
Group: Possibility of a Neutral VISION 2020UK technology conference underwritten by two or 3 members of the group. (target a proposal for 2013)