Earlier this year Chris was elected Accessibility Officer for the UK Chapter of the User Experience Professional Association. His PhD involved an in-depth investigation into web accessibility and usability evaluation methods, including an exploration, application and evaluation of quality attributes and metrics of evaluation methodologies. He regularly publishes and presents his work at W4A; the leading international conference on web accessibility research. At W4A 2014 he co-authored and presented a publication investigating the appropriateness and relevance of Mobile Web Accessibility Guidelines which won the award for Best Communication Paper.
His previous work in academia included contributing to the development of an accessible Virtual Learning Environment for students with moderate to severe physical and learning difficulties and the design and development of a widget authoring tool for non-technical accessibility stakeholders. He has also published exploratory research on the use of mainstream technologies such as handheld multimedia devices and video games to support e-learning and social inclusion.
His work has given him a broad experience of working with individuals with a range of sensory, motor and intellectual difficulties. Since joining AbilityNet he has worked with a number of clients including Barclays, Barclaycard, HSBC and BT working on a range of accessibility, usability and user experience consultancy projects.