Our mission is to promote equality and the inclusion of disabled people in society by offering support, in the form of training and advice, to organisations that also share these goals.
We frequently collaborate with a number of associates, who share our outlook and also have first hand experience of disability. All offer specialist skills and unique experiences that have contributed to the success of our e-learning and consultancy work.
Maria has worked in the disability field for almost two decades, delivering training and running community based projects for disabled people, visually impaired people and people with learning disabilities. She is also an experienced access consultant and qualified access auditor.
Her personal experience of deafness and disability has motivated her to focus on increasing disability equality and inclusion for all organisations she works with. She has given numerous speeches to help increase awareness of disability equality and during Diversity Week Conference at The Guardian's newspapers in 2010, deputy editor Ian Katz said "Maria's speech was the best speech I've ever heard at any internal conference for the paper".
Ian is a highly experienced e-learning producer with a Master's degree in Instructional Design. He has produced e-learning for academic, corporate and non-profit organisations in the UK and the US.
Ian offers project management skills in addition to his expertise in learning design and the technical development process. He has a personal experience of disability and is committed to motivating learners to engage with the topic, through interactive but accessible e-learning designs.
Malaysian Chinese, Eleanor has lived, studied and worked in the United Kingdom, France and the United States.
Disability consultant/ Information specialist post graduate Master of Science in Information Studies (UT, Austin) with an Endorsement of Specialisation in Information Design. Experience in web accessibility and usability, lifelong learning, training on software applications, and communication strategy. She is a member of the executive Committee member of Council of Disabled People, Warwickshire and Coventry. She is also the West Midlands Access Association secretary and member of the British Council disability advisory panel
Currently Chief Executive Officer at United Kingdom Disabled People’s Council, Jaspal has strong expertise in senior management with focus on disability fields, and leading disability projects in the not-for-profit sector. He also runs his own business, specialising in organisational and workforce development, including disabled people in service development and creating an accessible environment for all.
Specialties: Disability and Equality Law in the UK, rights of disabled people, developing accessible events and environments, consultations and user involvement.
A diversity trainer and disability equality specialist. With over 20 years experience, Tess has worked in all sectors, providing consultancy services on strategic development, policy and practice, encouraging disclosure, and excellent customer services for disabled clients. Tess's clients include Kent Police, Market Research Society, Primary Care Trusts, Housing Associations, CitiGroup, Cancer Research and Dorset District Council.
Tess is also an Office for Disability Issues (ODI) Ambassador for Disabled People's User Led Organisations and sits on the advisory committee for the 2012 Olympics as disability specialist.
Louise is a multi-talented designer, illustrator, and photographer. She studied at Bournville College of Art and at the University of Wolverhampton. Louise has created many excellent illustrations and graphics for our e-learning content.
C E Access is a consultancy company that specialises in interpreting the DDA 2005 and the Equality Act 2010, ensuring the built environment is inclusive to everyone, including disabled and older people. Our work with other design consultants, developers, building managers and owners, local authorities and the NHS has given us a broad span of experience. Using this wealth of knowledge has enabled us to offer innovative and creative solutions to clients that improve access for all.
Onofrio is a talented freelance illustrator/comic artist who honed his skills at the International School of Comics in Rome. Rino has created brilliant illustrations for our e-learning's case scenarios.
The day was made even more “real” with Maria’s examples and stories drawn from personal experience...
Albert S Wright, Small Business Solutions Ltd
The most enjoyable and inclusive session I have participated in.
Heidi Hammond, Innovation Central
Wideaware trained all the frontline staff and specialist advisors at the British Library with great success...We now have surpassed our targets for disability outreach...
Gabrielle Rose, The British Library
We were impressed with Maria’s ability to respond to challenges from the floor and to provide good examples of the theories in action.
Catherine Ely, Fareham Borough Council
The training was delivered in a practical way, very well received...trained our own trainers so they could eventually deliver training in-house.
John Blacker, First Great Western