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Orcam and Scanning Pens win honours

Members Scanning Pens and Orcam have won honours this year for the quality of their innovation and management skills.

Scanning Pens won the coveted Bett 2019 Exporter of the Year Award for its work overseas selling its range of text reading pens. The ExamReader pen was also highly commended in the Digital Devices category.

Jack Churchill, CEO & Co-founder commented “A portion of our success can be attributed to a positive change in attitude towards supporting hidden disabilities such as dyslexia and the arrival of ground-breaking technology.”

Vision technology company OrCam Technologies has won a Red Herring Top 100 Award. The awards recognise Europe’s most outstanding startups and entrepreneurs.

OrCam Technologies recently launched a companion app for the wearable AI-driven OrCam MyEye 2 to boost the device’s accessibility for blind and visually impaired users.

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10% member discount on ATEC show March 28 in Coventry

Leading members of BATA will be appearing at ATEC 2019 on March 28 in Coventry. The event will showcase excellence in assistive technology, bringing together disability and inclusion professionals from both the workplace and post-16 education to learn about new assistive technology product developments, emerging trends and practical strategies for optimising its use.

ATEC has become a ‘go-to’ event for disability and inclusion professionals providing its delegates with the opportunity to review and compare the latest products from over 25 assistive technology exhibitors.

Entry to the event provides the perfect opportunity to network with like-minded individuals and includes the option to attend 4 break-out CPD seminars from a choice of 16, including a seminar ‘Challenging the £200 hardware charge for disabled students’ by Rick Bell from BATA and Robert McLaren from APPG-AT (All-Party Parliamentary Group for Assistive Technology).

The agenda also includes presentations by Malcom Glenn, Head of Global Policy for Accessibility and Underserved Communities at Uber, Kamran Mallik, CEO at Disability Rights UK and Antony Ruck, Chair of BATA.

Members of BATA receive an extra 10% discount on booking, so to find out more about ATEC 2019 in Coventry, please click here for the ATEC website.

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Jack Churchill joins the Board

Jack Churchill , BATA Council MemberJack Churchill, the dynamic co-founder of Scanning Pens, the company that sells portable pen scanners that support struggling readers in the classroom, exam hall and workplace, has joined BATA’s board.

“Technology is an amazing enabler, breaking down barriers and affording  people ways to manage on their own,” says Jack.

“To support students and teachers, Scanning Pens, the company I co-founded 13 years ago, supplies electronic pen scanners that support children and adults to be independent readers.”

As an exporter, Jack has a particular interest in developing overseas markets and networking with companies who are looking to do the same. He chairs BATA’s special interest group. AT Global which aims to support UK assistive technology firms looking to move into international markets.

Jack can be contacted at