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Peter Abrahams

Peter Abrahams

Peter started in IT as a sandwich student in 1966 with IBM and continued to work for them until 2003. In a company then known especially for its hardware Peter saw the importance of software and especially transactional processing. He installed the first IMS on-line system in the UK as well as early versions of DB2.

His role as both pre and post sales technical support involved him in the design, implementation and integration of complex systems in many of the major banks, retailers and manufacturers in the UK, Israel and Europe. He spent three years representing IBM software to the analyst community which is when he first met Robin Bloor. He joined Bloor in 2003 and built on his knowledge gained as a consultant to research the integration market place.

In 2004 his experience with some disabled friends and a report by the Disabilities Rights Commission prompted him to start research into IT accessibility for the disabled. Recognising the growing importance of this area he set up Bloor’s Usability and Accessibility practice and now devotes most of his research to this area.

Accessibility refers to the issues surrounding the ease of use of the user interfaces (UI) of information and computer technology (ICT), often known as Universal Design. This extends to how they affect people who have disabilities such as vision impairments, muscular-skeletal impairments, hearing loss, cognitive impairments and learning difficulties. The research covers hardware, software, services and standards for assisting people with disabilities so that they can more easily use technology, and enabling the development and testing of accessible applications and web sites. Also considered are the concerns of ageing and use of foreign languages.

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