DSA Summit hits a high note
The future of the Disabled Students Allowances (DSA) was the topic of discussion last month when 30 BATA members met at Northampton University to hammer out a strategy to ensure modernisation of the grant scheme did not disadvantage students or deprive them of vital AT.
Issues raised included the £200 charge, student choice, functional specification of technology, accreditation of trainers, raising awareness of AT in institutions, relationships and partnerships. Strategies were discussed and actions agreed in all of the areas. Turn to our website to read a full account of the meeting.
Help us reach our £3,000 target for awareness raising projects
Members are putting the association on the map, literally. On Sunday September 10 they will be setting out on a 25km sponsored walk in Derbyshire’s Peak District from Bakewell, via Ashford in the Water to Tideswell and finally Ashwood, the initial letters of the four places spelling out BATA . Your support would be much appreciated and will help our work of advancing the cause of assistive technology. You can sponsor us via the Just Giving website and also join us on the walk through some of England’s finest countryside.
Can you help make the Government’s online services more accessible?
A company called Access2Digital is looking for people who use AT to test a new digital service being developed by the Government Digital Service. The company is looking for people who use software including JAWS, VoiceOver, NVDA, Dragon NaturallySpeaking, Supernova and ZoomText. Test sessions last an hour, can be done at home and are paid at the rate of £60 per hour. The next session is on September 14. Contact Elodie Bocquet at email@example.com
Vision impairment special interest group
Do you work in AT for vision impairment sector? Members are invited to join our latest special interest group and contribute to efforts to resolve some of the more pressing problems that affect those operating in this sector. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org in the first instance.
This summer Brain-in-Hand and Specialty Risks are the latest organizations to join us. Welcome.
Sheffield hosts AAATE Congress
The 2017 Association for the Advancement of Assistive Technology in Europe Congress is a five-day event about assistive technologies that takes place from September 11-15. The main Conference will be from 13-14th September and satellite events are running on the other three days at venues in Sheffield.
Visit our stand at the TES/SEN Show
We will be spreading the word about BATA at the TES/SEN Show in London on October 6 and 7. This important free-to-attend event has all the resources, ideas, advice and CPD training to provide teachers, SENCOs, support staff and parents with the tools and skills to help their pupils achieve.
ATEC moves to London
Many members have already booked for ATEC’s November 23 conference and exhibition in London. ATEC is a series of national and regional events designed to support practitioners involved in service delivery, research or policy development in assistive technology, showcasing excellence in assistive technology that removes barriers to learning and work.