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BATA calls for consultation on changes to DSA tenders

Wednesday 16 January 2019

BATA welcomes the Department for Education’s continued commitment to support disabled and neurodiverse students in higher education through the provision of Disabled Student Allowances (DSA).

Accreditation scheme for DSA AT trainers gets the thumbs up

Thursday 10 January 2019

Efforts to establish the first phase of a DSA accreditation scheme for AT trainers involving certificating trainers in core software have received positive feedback from the Department for Education.

TechSharePro 2018

Friday 30 November 2018

TechSharePro 2018 took place this week at Barclay's Bank, Canary Wharf in London and sponsored by a number of organisations including AbilityNet, Google & RNIB. Great event with lots of inspiring talks and ideas to share. Here are just a few of them.

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.

TechAbility 2018 Conference

Thursday 18 October 2018

TechAbility 2018 Conference took place on 16th October. Great event with NatSpec representing specialist schools, colleges and further education colleges in the UK. This is the second conference and the focus was on Assistive Technology. BATA members were among the suppliers represented at the event. Paul Doyle (Hereward College) & Myles Pilling ( BATA Council) were speaking at the event which attracted over 100 attendees. 

Tobii Dynavox acquires Smartbox

Monday 20 August 2018

Consolidation among AT suppliers continues with eye tracking specialist Tobii Dynavox’s £11m takeover of Smartbox.

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.

Summit agrees policies to boost Disabled Students Allowances

Friday 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.

Releasing potential in the workplace

Wednesday 11 July 2018

There are an estimated 285 million visually impaired people in the world, many of whom are unemployed as a result of their disability. But it isn’t their sight, or lack of, that’s the problem - it’s inaccessible mainstream tools.

Fundraising walk overtakes target

Tuesday 19 June 2018

Nearly sixty people donated to our fundraising walk at Derwent Reservoir in aid of BATA, the Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB) and the British Dyslexia Association (BDA). At the time of writing we have raised £6,315, well over our target.