BATA’s May newsletter: election fever fails to grip voters with a learning disability

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The barriers that face voters with a learning disability

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As election fever grips the country some groups of disabled people are in danger of being excluded from the democratic process.
 
Learning disability charity Mencap recently found in a survey that 70% of people with a learning disability wanted to vote.
However, of those surveyed, 64% did not vote in the recent local elections. Some 60% of them said it was too hard to register and 17% did not vote because they were turned away from the polling station.
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Fresh faces at BATA as membership grows

HMRC looks to Litterick to rewrite rules
First a warm welcome to new members Nigel Wilson, Jean Irvine (pictured right), Digital Accessibility Centre, Harry Mee, Big Voice Communications, the Learning Support Centre and the Centre for Assistive Technology and Connected Health. There are also new faces on our council. A big hello to Catherine Grinyer, Rick Bell and Carolyne Smith.

Why not put your name in lights?

Our monthly newsletter goes out to over 1,000 people, providing a great opportunity for organisations marketing assistive goods and services to reach professionals with a real interest in the technology. Why not tell our readers what you have to offer by sponsoring an issue? You will get acknowledgement as a sponsor and the opportunity to contribute a message to our readers. Please get in touch if you would like to explore the possibilities further.

Hope to see you at some of AT's most exciting shows

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June 6 sees the opening of ATEC, at the ILEC Conference Centre, London.. Lord Chris Holmes of Richmond MBE is keynote speaker. He is one of Britain’s greatest Paralympians, amassing nine gold, five silver and one bronze medal across four Games, including a record haul of six golds at Barcelona 1992.
 
Next we return to the Midlands and the ever-popular Sight Village, also in Birmingham: at the New Bingley Hall on July 18 and 19.  We are planning a surgery on solutions to vision impairment, so please drop by.
 
In the autumn we move south to support the TES SEN exhibition, which is taking place on October 6 and 7 at the Business Design Centre, London. The exhibition will feature a special AT zone hosted by BATA, a first for the education show.

Managing reasonable adjustments on student placements


We have received the following appeal from Pamela Moss of the University of Chester.
 
“I work with students with a SpLD and am particularly interested in supporting students in professional placements. I am undertaking a master's degree and have devised a process to anticipate and manage reasonable adjustments when students are on placements.
 
"The main issue that I am experiencing is that some organisations that provide placements, such as the NHS and the Police, are fearful of allowing the AT on their own PCs or of allowing students to take their laptops in, due to confidentiality issues. I would really appreciate some guidance on how to address this issue with a provider in a positive way."
 
If you can help please contact Pamela at p.moss@chester.ac.uk .
John Lamb
Executive Director
john.lamb@bataonline.org
 
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