Summit agrees policies to boost Disabled Students Allowances

03 August 2018

Delegates to the DSA Summit in July at Northampton University took a number of important decisions that will shape BATA’s policy towards AT in higher education.

They agreed to set up a working party to look at the idea of a single portal covering the equipment and non-medical help a student might need.

Those who attended also voted to establish a non-medical help special interest group chaired by Laura Cook, a director of the Learning Support Centre.

And they took the first step to developing an accreditation system for assistive technology trainers by setting up a working party with David Atkinson as interim chair.

The working party will first look at creating a certification system based on free training courses offered by software publishers and hardware companies that would enable trainers to be have their skills recognised. The system would be the first phase in a fully-fledged programme of accreditation for trainers.

Attendees were also treated to a fascinating presentation by Lesley Morrice, chair of the National Network of Assessment Centres, about the work by DSA-QAG to introduce quality assurance for those carrying out student assessments.

Download Summit report

Download the minutes of the meeting.