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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.

10.5 miles, 9 walkers and a cyclist!

Saturday 16 June 2018

The  sponsored walk was a huge success both in fundraising and in team building

Cheap loans to boost AT at work

Monday 30 April 2018

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) should set up a Motability-type scheme to provide low cost loans to buy assistive technology (AT), according to a recently published report on AT and employment by the Work and Pensions Committee.

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).