Digital Access Made Easy

OpenDirective is a social enterprise that enables people with cognitive disabilities or low digital literacy to more easily engage in activities that use digital technology. We are also working on web-based technology to support musicians. Our work covers development to consultancy and currently we are working on web standard support for cognitive accessibility at the w3c. We think Web technologies are most suitable for providing access to everyone, largely as this vision is at the heart of the web standards.

We do this through open innovation and open source software development of assistive technology that enhances the accessibility of existing services.


A personal tool and experiment in using web technologies to support music learning and remote lessons. MusicPracticeTools is a blog with extended interactive tools

Easy-build Audacity with ASIO support

Due to licensing limitations the Audacity Team cannot publish a version with Windows ASIO drivers. While many people want this version they may not have the technical skills needed to build it themselves. We have developed a script and simple instructions that make it easy for anyone to create their own Audacity with ASIO.

W3C Coga

Steve has joined the W3C staff to help work on the representation of Cognitive Accessibility requirements in standards such as WCGA and supporting W3C documents. This involves working with the various Work Groups, Task Forces and Communities involved in this important and topical work. More recently, Steve has been supporting the WAI website build and deployment.

Mulberry Symbols

Garry Paxton created the Mulberry Symbol set for people who use symbols to communicate with others, often via printed images on a board or an electronic AAC device. The symbols were developed to overcome the expensive licence fees of existing proprietary sets and to allow them to be used in innovate ways online. They feature unusual images aimed at adults. Garry assigned copyright over to Steve Lee who is maintaining the symbols and website. We have already collaborated with the open source cboard which uses the symbols and hope to see more uses, including the Global Symbol Dictionary.

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