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; www.bataonline.org
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: www.bataonline.org