About

Wideaware were founded in 2005 with the aim of promoting equality and inclusion through elearning, training and consultancy services. Although our core passion has always been inclusion, we work on projects with wide ranging objectives and subject matter. Wideaware is led by Ian Sheeler and Maria Zedda. We work with a team of freelancers and specialist consultants on a per-project basis.

How we work

We're a small but capable business and have built long-lasting relationships with our clients who appreciate our accessibility and responsiveness. We're very proud of our work with all our clients, who range from large regulators to small non-profits. No matter who they are, all our clients get our best work and full attention.

Who we are

Maria Zedda

Maria Zedda

Maria is our disability equality consultant, trainer and access auditor. She delivers training on disability equality and provides consultancy services on diversity and inclusion of policies, procedures and processes. Maria also undertakes access audits of physical premises.

She is a member of SDEF (the Scottish Disability Equality Forum) and a member of her local Access Panel in Edinburgh on a voluntary basis.

Ian Sheeler

Ian Sheeler

Ian is a learning designer and elearning developer. He has a Master's degree in Instructional Design and has produced elearning for academic, corporate and non-profit organisations in the UK and US.

He has a personal experience of disability and is committed to motivating learners to engage with the topic, through interactive but accessible elearning.

Some recent clients

Ofcom
The Bankworkers' Charity
Olswang
Independent Living Alternatives
Southwark Council
The Houses of Parliament Office of Disability Initiatives
Royal Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
The Association of Train Operating Companies

What they say about Wideaware

We have worked with Wideaware to develop on line training resources for staff across the rail industry. Wideaware demonstrated that it is possible to deliver a win:win approach, maintain clarity and deliver to time and budget. One day all external consultants will be like this, until then Wideaware sets the standard for others to emulate.

David Sindall, Head of Disability & Inclusion, Association of Train Operating Companies.

I worked with Wideaware at Ofcom over a number of months when I needed some expertise to build a series of disability e-learning modules. The training was the best ever training we had implemented at Ofcom and this was backed up with not just the assessment results but feedback from teams.

Pam Shergill Head of Contact Centre Ofcom

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

Fareham Borough Council engaged Wideaware to deliver disability awareness training to officers over one day on site. The training was well delivered and covered theory and application of current social theory related to disability... We would definitely use Wideaware again.

Catherine Ely Community Development Manager Fareham Borough Council

Ian is fantastic. He is committed, hard-working, creative, and honest. Could not have asked for more.

Dr Georgiana Spradling Emotion Skills San Francisco