Neil is a Digital Accessibility Consultant at Microlink. He has worked in educational publishing and news media production since 2000, specialising in Digital Accessibility since 2014.
He is currently setting up a Digital Accessibility department at Microlink that provides web accessibility audits (WCAG 2.1 AA), PDF remediation and the testing of website accessibility using assistive technology built into mobile devices. He has presented national Digital Accessibility webinars through JISC channels and for Aim Higher London. He is currently working with international partners, in the US, Canada and Israel to bring assistive technology solutions to both the public and private sectors.
Between 2014 and 2019 his doctoral research investigated how to automatically evaluate the mobile web accessibility of Higher Education electronic texts for print impairments. He produced a theoretical framework and instrument that enabled a proof-of-concept web service auditing tool to be developed by Dr. Chaohai Ding. The tool extracted accessibility metadata from PDFs, making them humanly readable.
In 2017 he was seconded to Connect to Support Hampshire and advised on website compliance to WCAG 2.0 Level AA and beyond by making recommendations for their core audience, the over 65’s and those with cognitive impairments. He was also one of six PhD students worldwide successfully selected to take part in the W4A’16 Google Doctoral Consortium (GDC) securing a GDC award and a travel grant. He is published in the W4A’16: Proceedings of the 13th Web for All (W4A) Conference, Montreal, Canada.