BATA News

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Legislation

DSA charge is a double whammy for disabled students says parliamentary group

Tuesday 23 July 2019

US steps up efforts on AT

Tuesday 13 November 2018

Legislation has greatly expanded the use and awareness of assistive technology in the US, Mike Marotta of Inclusive Technology Solutions told BATA members in an exclusive presentation.

Law will ensure UK's public websites are accessible

Friday 10 August 2018

September saw the introduction of UK laws on making public sector websites and mobile apps accessible, in line with a recent EU Directive.

Education Committee launches inquiry into new SEND system

Monday 30 April 2018

The House of Commons Education Committee has launched an inquiry into support for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

£200 laptop charge should be added to students' loans

Thursday 29 March 2018

BATA has called on the Government to add the £200 charge levied on students who receive laptops under the Disabled Students Allowances (DSAs) to their student loan.

The impact of EU's accessibility directive on higher education

Friday 16 March 2018

At the moment the EU is still  finalising the  details of how its accessibility directive will need to be implemented by universities and colleges but we expect to have details from the UK government in the next couple of months.

BATA's evidence on AT and work

Friday 09 February 2018

BATA gave evidence in January to the Work and Pensions Select Committee's inquiry into assistive technology. The inquiry is about the role all types of assistive tech can play in removing barriers to work and helping disabled people stay in work. 

Town hall contracts overlook accessibility

Wednesday 04 October 2017

More than 60 per cent of outsourcing deals between local authorities and third-party suppliers happen without discussion of disability requirements, according to a study by the Business Disability Forum.

HMRC guidance on VAT on computer equipment for disabled people

Thursday 13 July 2017

This is a draft of updated wording for guidance on zero rating computer equipment for disabled people.

Raising the awareness of assistive technology

Monday 22 May 2017

Assistive technology has come of age when members of parliament decide the time is right to set up a group dedicated to the field.