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Emma Tracey Emma Tracey | 16:08 UK time, Monday, 29 October 2012

The tech season is beginning to ramp up ahead of Christmas.

Microsoft and Apple have just unveiled a new operating system and new tablets - one big, one small, respectively. And, in accessible technology, there are a number of events and campaigns that I'm sure you'll see discussed on your social networks over the next month or so.

Let's take a look at what's on the agenda for November in disability and technology, here's what we know about already:

The Royal National Institute of Blind people's Switch on to technology month takes place throughout November. The charity are running 50 free workshops around the UK, to help blind and visually impaired people get to grips with using the internet, mobile phones, computers and book readers. Simple written guides on each of the four subject areas are also available.

Enabled by Design-athon is a "two day ideas and product prototyping-fest" happening in London on 2 and 3 November. Enabled by Design, a community of "assistive product aficionados", will join forces with designers, hackers and manufacturers to "challenge people's preconceptions of assistive equipment, showing how products can be personalised, purposeful and beautifully designed".

Sight Village London The UK's biggest exhibition of technology, equipment and support services for people who are blind or visually impaired, takes over Kensington Town Hall in west London on 6 and 7 November. Blind people love their gadgets and the free Sight Village event is always a good way of getting a hands on demo of the latest specialised accessible kit.

Everybody Technology is a free accessibility event, organised by assistive technology charity AbilityNet and the Royal London Society for the Blind. It takes place on Friday 30 November, at the Grosvenor hotel in London and will look at the emerging trend of mainstream technology that can meet the needs of 100% of the population. Speakers include Robin Christopherson from AbilityNet and web accessibility guru Leonie Watson.

• Looking towards January 2013, we have a real "under the bonnet" sounding event called Accessible ICT:
Priorities for Future Research on Accessible Information and Communication Technology Systems and Services
at Institution of Engineering and Technology in London.

If you know of other events relating to assistive technology taking place soon, tell us about them in the comments below.


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