Founding Members: Barclays
We are a major global financial services provider engaged in personal banking, credit cards, corporate and investment banking, and wealth and investment management with an extensive international presence in Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia. With more than 300 years of history and expertise in banking, we operate in more than 50 countries and employ 140,000 people.
We have had a pro-active accessibility agenda for several years, partnering with the UK’s Business Disability Forum (BDF) and other leading disability charities, striving to make banking easier for all customers and clients as well as employing a diverse workforce. In 2012, we made a public commitment around accessible technology by signing up to the BDF’s Accessible Technology Charter, and in 2013 we announced our ambition to become the most accessible and inclusive Go-To Bank.
We are proud to be a founding member of the IAAP, and we are excited to partner with other like-minded organizations and individuals with a shared focus on designing, implementing and promoting accessible technology.
“Accessibility professionals to date have been self-taught and multidisciplinary individuals operating in silos within a fragmented profession. As accessibility becomes more mainstream and grows in importance, so too does the need to ‘professionalize the profession,' creating common resources, certification programs and mechanisms to share best practices and collaborate on overcoming commonly faced barriers.”
—Paul Smyth, Head of IT Accessibility, Barclays Bank
Paul chairs the IAAP’s Organizational Development workstream, established to develop resources and programs by which organizations, corporations and government entities can learn and grow their accessibility strategies in order to increase overall access and opportunities for people with disabilities.
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