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DSA Summit takes the high ground

Thursday 31 August 2017

Chair Antony Ruck reminded the 30 delegates at BATA's recent Disabled Students' Allowances (DSA) Summit in Northampton that DSA had enabled the UK to be a forerunner in supporting students, and that modernisation was appropriate, but needed to be carried out sensitively.  The UK AT industry leads the world, and initiatives like the DSA and Access to Work have wider benefits than just the immediate effect, and has implications across the economy and social care, he said.

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.

David Atkinson recalls an audience at the Vatican

Thursday 13 July 2017

I was invited into the Vatican City because an Italian friend of mine for over 30 years called Pepe became a priest and climbed the ladder to become a Monsignor working in the Vatican.

AT for the 21st century and beyond

Tuesday 30 May 2017

Over 10 million people in the UK have some form of physical or sensory disability, and that number is rising steadily with the country’s ageing demographic profile. More than 65% of disabled people are over 65, a minority are born disabled.

What is switch access?

Monday 22 May 2017

For those who have little or no manual dexterity and fine motor skills switch access is an alternative to using a keyboard.

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.

Unleashing true potential through AT

Wednesday 17 May 2017

In the UK, the government has made great strides in improving the lives of the disabled from an early age. The government’s Disabled Students’ Allowances and Access to Work schemes ensure that those with dyslexia continue to be supported throughout their life.

Ensuring a safe and more satisfying old age

Friday 12 May 2017

Everyone experiences impairments to their sight, hearing, cognitive powers and mobility as they get older: over 65s represent the largest group of disabled people.

Speaker launches All-Party Parliamentary Group for Assistive Technology

Wednesday 10 May 2017

BATA is one of the founding members of a newly formed All-Party Parliamentary Group for Assistive Technology and will be at the forefront of changes in policy in this area.

NHS takes stock of campaign to give disabled patients greater access

Wednesday 10 May 2017

Adoption is the priority for NHS’ Accessible Information Standard: delegates look for more stick and carrot at AbilityNet conference