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    Select Committee Inquiry on Assistive Technology

    The Work and Pensions Select Committee has launched an inquiry into assistive technology and employment. The Committee - which includes APPGAT supporters Alex Burghart MP (Conservative) and Neil Coyle MP (Labour) - has taken written evidence from stakeholders including AT users, employers, and Government itself. As the APPGAT, we drew on input from our associate member organisations, and findings from our Parliamentary events to make a group submission of evidence to the committee. The submission was accepted and is now published on the parliament.uk website.

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    Inclusive Learning In Higher Education

    The APPG for Assistive Technology meet, for the first time, away from Parliament itself - to explore a new model of inclusive learning in higher education. The group held a reception at the Sticky Campus classroom at the University of Westminster, where attendees got hands-on with an interactive learning space that incorporates assistive technology.  

     

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    Enabling Play: Assistive Technology and Learning Through Play

    A Lord's Committee Room abuzz with assistive technology toys and games! The APPGAT held its autumn meeting to celebrate the power of technology to enable play for disabled children.  

    Shadow Children's Minister Emma Lewell-Buck joined a meeting of the APPGAT and spoke passionately on the value of learning through play. The meeting began with an exhibit of assistive technology (AT) toys and games, and attendees and speakers tried out the technology for themselves. The group then saw a video that showed how children play and learn with AT at Kingfisher Special School, Sight Support Oldham, and Pendle View Primary. Having seen the issues brought to life with the toys exhibit and video, the group then heard from the Shadow Minister and a panel of experts from across the AT and play sectors.

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    "You must succeed in this incredibly important work" says Speaker of the House John Bercow at the launch of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Assistive Technology

    On Monday 6th March 2017 the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Assistive Technology (APPGAT) officially launched in Speaker's House in the Palace of Westminster. Speaker, John Bercow opened the event with Seema Malhotra MP, Lord Chris Holmes, Microsoft and Hannah Rose following with speeches.

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    Minister joins meeting on innovation in Assistive Technology

    The Minister for Disabled People addressed a packed committee room in the house of lords for an APPGAT meeting that marked one year since the group was launched. The panel and discussion event considered the place of assistive technology in the government's Industrial Strategy. The Strategy aims to “boost the economy, build on the country’s strengths and embrace the opportunities of technological change” - at this meeting we heard the need for assistive technology to be at the hard of this effort

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    APPGAT meets with Minister

    The Minister for Disabled People, Sarah Newton MP, meet with the APPGAT to discuss the work the parliamentary group. In her Claxton House office, the Minister stat down with members of here DWP team, and APPGAT Co-Chairs, Seema Malhotra MP and Lord Holmes, as well as APPGAT manager Robert McLaren and Jonathan Shaw, CEO of Policy Connect.

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The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Assistive Technology aims to disseminate knowledge, generate debate and facilitate engagement on assistive technology amongst Members of both Houses of Parliament.

The APPG will do this through holding events in Parliament, bringing experts together for roundtable discussions and briefings, contributing to government consultations, and promoting the group and its activities amongst parliamentarians.