Millennium TV

Millennium TV aims to provide an online broadcast to help guide anyone with a disability in choosing assistive technologies that meet their needs. We felt it was important to raise awareness of the many available options but also to help build the capacity of those with physical disabilities or neurodivergent to make informed decisions wherever possible. As a result, the broadcasts will suggest a wide range of technologies to help address challenges people with various needs - face & talk a little about some of the questions you should think about when choosing tech you would want to try. 

Centred around digital Assistive Technology, the monthly 15-minute TV video broadcast will be presented by Millennium community solutions founder CEO Rev Gail Thompson & will include reviews of the up-to-date tech from various guests including David Banes, the Director of David Banes Access and Inclusion Services and co-founder of Global symbols. 

 

Subject matter may include:

 

• Accessible technology including products, equipment, and systems that can be customised and provide persons with disabilities access to all services and content. Digital Assistive Tech may be hardware, software, mounting systems, switches, and positioning devices. Some examples might include smartphones with integrated speech-to-text that can be used for dictation or creating captions. 

 

• Learn how to integrate Android accessibility services into your app internationalization process to cater to users with disabilities worldwide.

 

• Digital and e-Learning Accessibility for People with Special Educational Needs: A Robotic Perspective

 

• Fillable forms need to be accessible. Learn about the formats you should use, and what factors should be considered when deciding on the format.

 

• Day-to-day digital consumer goods (Hardware & software)

 

• Mobile-first dating apps such as Tinder, Hinge, and Bumble and the potential to greatly benefit the blind community, but unfortunately, why do advocates of these apps largely ignore the narrative of the blind…

 

The station will draw expertise from many people whose insight has been a crucial influence for MCS. Also, the lived experience of people with a disability as expressed in the 250-page MCS guide publication soon to be on the market. We thank you all for their willingness to share that experience that has given us the resources to draw from. 

Rev Gail Thompson is the founder CEO of Millennium Community solutions and wheelchair user of 34 years. Reviewer David Banes worked as headteacher in a school for children with disabilities and has led assistive technology services in Europe and the Middle East. He now works across the globe, including projects with low and medium-income countries in Africa and South Asia to support the implementation of access and inclusion from policy to practice.