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  • Support Command - comprised of some of the best independent online accessibility specialists within the UK, this is the development team behind the ALFA Project. By working within the recognised accessibility and usability guidelines, and liaising with a wide variety of disability related groups to ensure the maximum accessibility levels are maintained throughout, they have developed a method of achieving true accessibility and are keen proponents of the concept of Universal Design.

  • Self Direction Community Project - a disability led and run UK charity that was instrumental in the development of the pilot project, and has been a pivotal co-ordination body for all disability related groups wishing to participate within the Project in the peer appraisal process.

  • Plymouth University - Institute of Digital Arts and Technology - have recognised the significance of the ALFA project to developing the knowledge-based economy of the future and have supported the Project since its inception. The University are maintaining a keen interest in the project, providing cross sector networking opportunities.

  • Evolution Digital Media Group - a consortium of digital media companies (President: Sheikh Juma al Maktoum) formed to be the link between the Combined Universities of Cornwall and the Internet City Dubai and who are pushing the boundaries of excellence in the field of technology. Recognising this Project as ground breaking and highly innovative the Group is providing support to the project by promoting the work and again providing cross sector networking opportunities.


The ALFA Project team are also being supported by the following people:
  • Michael R. Burks - Chairman of the Internet Society Special Interest Group for Access to the Internet for People with Disabilities. He currently serves as Network Product Manager and Expert on Accessibility of Web Based Products for a large US telecommunications company. Among other activities, he holds positions on the Advisory Board for ICDRI and has worked with state governments in the U.S. to implement various accessibility programs.

  • Elaine Ostroff - Director, Global Universal Design Educators' Network, and editor and publisher of the Global Universal Design Educators' Online News. She is Co-founder and former executive director of the Adaptive Environments Centre in Boston, Massachusetts, and is the Senior Editor of the Universal Design Handbook (McGraw-Hill, May 2001). Ostroff initiated and directed the Universal Design Education Project, a program that involved over 30 colleges and universities in the United States.

  • Marcus Ormerod - Director of SURFACE (Salford Research Focus on Accessible Environments) and part of the five star rated research group at The University of Salford. He leads an innovative Masters programme in Accessibility and Inclusive Design that is delivered through a Virtual Learning Environment. Marcus is currently principal investigator on a major UK Government funded research project into the implementation of the Disability Discrimination Act in the built environment, and has been involved in research into accessibility in communication and web-based design.

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