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BETT 2018

BETT is the largest educational show in the UK and Europe. BATA will not have a presence at BETT this year but we are hopeful for BETT 2019. If anyone wants to meet up during BETT please contact Myles Pilling on 07760473943 or myles.pilling@bataonline.org .

 

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Visit BATA at Naidex

The British Assistive Technology Association is partnering with Naidex for what is set to be a fantastic show. You’ll find us on stand 5160, so be sure to pop by and say hello, we’d love to meet you.

Europe’s most exciting disability and independent living event will return to the NEC Birmingham on the April 25 and 26 for an impressive 44th time. The 2017 show smashed all expectations, re-establishing Naidex as a hub of innovation, but 2018 promises to exceed that.

With an increased floor plan of 300 international exhibitors, a comprehensive agenda of 200 educational seminars, one-to-one business advice, live demos, and unparalleled networking opportunities, Naidex is absolutely unmissable – and it’s free!

Register for you FREE ticket to attend via the website by clicking here.

See you there.

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Government probes role of assistive technology in cutting barriers to work

downs syndrome man at laptopThe Work and Pensions Select Committee, which oversees the work of the Department for Work and Pensions, has launched an inquiry into assistive technology.The investigation will focus on the role that assistive tech can play in removing barriers to work and helping disabled people stay in work.
The inquiry follows an earlier one that focused on the gap in employment rates between disabled and non-disabled people.The result of the the AT inquiry will be published in a report aimed at giving disabled people better opportunities to get into work.

Some 3.7m disabled people are currently economically inactive. Disabled people are more than twice as likely to be unemployed as non-disabled people, according to a Labour Force survey published early in 2017.

Accessible hardware and software, developments in apps and wearable technology will come under the Committee’s microscope, along with technology that helps people get to work and access the building they work in.
The Government has recently announced a number of measures including:
Providing more structured support and information for employers to encourage them to take on and retain disabled employees;
Improvements to Access to Work, including a new expectation that awards will be portable, with claimants able to take equipment from job to job;
A commitment to a “comprehensive cross-Government programme of analysis and research on incentives and expectations” for employers, it will report back on preliminary work in 2018.
Interested parties can submit evidence to the Work and Pensions Committee via its evidence portal. The deadline for submissions is 19 January 2018.

BATA recently attended a round table discussion organised by Disability Rights UK on how more disabled people could find employment in the growth sectors of the economy such as high tech, aviation and the media.

“We are bottom of the pile: so far down the ladder in terms of opportunities,” said Lord Kevin Shinkwin, who chaired the round table event. “We have so far to climb in terms of obtaining action.”