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BATA update, presented by Ian Litterick, iansyst

BATA update, presented by Ian Litterick, iansyst



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  • Assess 2012 Day 2 Welcome Ian LitterickIansyst Executive Chairman BATA Treasurer
  • A bit about BATA: British Assistive Technology Association; Founded 5 October 2009; Martin Littler of Inclusive Technology; 44 other founding members; DSA underrepresented;
  • Our Aims: To campaign for the rights and interests of those needing Assistive Technology. To provide expert and impartial support and advice to government departments and agencies. To educate and inform widely on the benefits of Assistive Technology. To promote British Assistive Technology products and expertise at home and overseas.
  • Campaigning: PR re Michael Gove saying “curriculum is ‘a closed book’ to children who are not literate”. Pupil premium for AT – Dec 2010; Auxiliary Aids for Schools; “Most disabled children who need auxiliary aids ... will ... already be receiving them through SEN statements”!
  • Campaigning . . . Sayce review of specialist disability employment programmes; “A disabled person needs a certain amount of IT based AT for daily living, access to the internet etc, whether they are in work or not, but particularly to seek work.” Copyright: value of the private copying exception for print impaired people.
  • Support and advice to government As campaigning; Barbara Phillips; p/t Chief Executive; Ex-civil servant.
  • Educate and Inform; Newsletter; Press; Ability Magazine regularly; Website; Support for exporting (UKTI);
  • Membership: Not just a trade body; Voting members who are users & users representatives:  Third sector;  Schools;  Individuals; Very many are involved with AT professionally; Ethical Statement (code of conduct).
  • Membership fees: (new members) Individuals: £50 Third Sector, incl HE £100 Commercial £150-£825 Newsletter subscription FREE
  • Other activities: Equipment Suppliers Subgroup:  17/19 suppliers;  Our first formal representation;  Better communications over, eg, QAF revision; AT Qualification?  Simon Bloor; Evidence based research.
  • Issues: Pervasive AT; Where it is needed (schools, prisons, unemployed, low income, work, elderly); Assessments; Accessible formats; Sustainable DSA; SLC issues (payments).
  • What else? Conferences? Webinars? Journal (Ability Magazine)?
  • Please join! So we can do more: