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The Future of Assistive Technology Summit and Exhibition

8 June 2016, University of Salford, Manchester

BATA rate: £199 + VAT

Delegates attending The Future of Assistive Technology Summit and Exhibition will learn about the issues surrounding AT, its role in increasing inclusivity in employment, education and socialising, and how government, businesses, educators and charities can help to boost use and innovation in this important sector.

Join us for The Future of Assistive Technology Summit and Exhibition, where high level speakers from government, charities, technology innovators, and academia will be presenting their views on the way that AT can have a positive impact on both individuals, families and society as a whole. Topics covered will include the role that AT can play in improving access to employment, education and health benefits, and enriching everyday life.

What you will learn from attending?

  • What is Assistive Technology (AT)
  • Impact of AT on daily life
  • Effect of AT on economy
  • AT and people in later life
  • Benefit of AT to employers and employees
  • How AT can improve access to education
  • How using AT for health impacts on work and education
  • Provision of AT in schools, colleges and universities
  • Social benefits of AT
  • Importance of AT funding in sport
  • Potential barriers to sport
  • Government investment in AT
  • Future needs in AT
  • Holistic approach to AT
  • AT and safe havens
  • Wearable products and AT

If you wish to secure your place at the member rate of £199 + VAT (usually £325 + VAT) please email

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Survey of AT used to access GOV.UK

The Government wants to know what assistive technology people are using to access GOV.UK, its single portal for government services.

The Government Digital Service (GDS) is conducting a survey to find out what devices users have, the sort of assistive software they have got, and which web browser they use.

“Your answers will help us ensure your software continues to work with our website and digital services,” says the GDS.

Assistive technology does not leave any traces on the portal, so GDS has no idea what technology is being employed to access GOV.UK.

“The results will help us find areas we need to focus on, for example, the most popular screen reader and version. This will help us make GOV.UK continue to work for those users, and tell us how far we need to go back to support older versions,” explains GDS.

Anyone who uses assistive technology to access GOV.UK should respond. Typical types of technology include:

  • Screen readers (for example, JAWS and VoiceOver).
  • Screen magnifiers (for example, ZoomText and Supernova).
  • Voice input applications (for example, Dragon).
  • Literacy software (for example, ReadandWrite Gold).

The survey also gives those who respond the opportunity to tell GDS about any accessibility barriers they experience when using GOV.UK.

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IAAP offers certificate of accessibility in UK

The International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP) is offering a certificate in accessibility with exams for UK candidates available in London on 22 June and 7 July.

The IAAP Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies (CPACC) credential is IAAP’s foundation certificate, covering the practical application of cross-disciplinary knowledge about disabilities, accessibility, universal design, aaccessibility-related standards, laws, and management strategies.

The CPACC, says the IAAP, is the ideal credential for those who manage and support accessibility, but who may not personally design, implement, or evaluate the technical details of accessible solutions.

“This certification is a great step forward in helping professionalise the accessibility profession. It’ll provide accessibility professionals with a credential as evidence of their commitment and competence, increasing quality and consistency of work performed and will help build a common language, understanding and community across accessibility professionals,”. says Paul Smyth, Head of IT Accessibility at Barclys.

As accessibility becomes increasingly important for organisations, employers will have a means to assess the accessibility competence of prospective employees too. A big thanks to AbilityNet, Lloyds and BATA who have all helped to bring this certification to the UK and promote its value.”

Registration Details

The deadline to register for this testing window is Tuesday, June 7, 2016. When your registration is complete, you will receive a confirmation email. If you do not receive this email, it means your registration is not complete.

If you have questions go to IAAP’s Certification FAQs or contact Ithe Association at or call (+1) 202-367-1133.