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Handle are very pleased to have sponsored the Jodi Mattes Awards 2015 

The Jodi Awards are given in memory of Jodi Mattes (1973-2001), who was a tireless champion of equal access to culture for disabled people. They celebrate practice that inspires locally, nationally or internationally, allowing disabled people to gain access to information, collections, learning and creativity. 

The evening was a very inspirational experience for all of the attendees, as the featured projects were truly brilliant. The new e-library of the Finnish Assocation of the Deaf, The Canadian Museum for Human Rights and The Tales of One City team from Edinburgh Libraries all won awards this year for their tireless work spanning everything from accessible ipads to transport to bluetooth sign language videos and exhibition texts in braille. 

Handle's Director of Digital and Technology Tim Smith explained in his speech about the importance of digital accessibility in terms of the way in which we at Handle match our people to the right positions. Each of our candidates has to comprehend that without having a keen understanding of what is needed to make a digital project truly accessible, the user's experience will always be an incomplete one. There is a clear need for awareness of accessibility issues across the multiple industries that we work with and we are very proud to sponsor the Awards this year. 

We were also extremely honoured to welcome Baroness Campbell of Surbiton to present the awards and she gave a very moving speech about her own personal experiences of trying to access cultural spaces and resources, including a particularly vivid recollection of how unaccessible the British Library texts used to be for

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