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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.

The group will also conduct detailed policy research projects and provide in-depth parliamentary monitoring and analysis to its associate member organisations and parliamentarians.

Assistive Technology (AT) refers to the equipment, software, program or product systems that can be used to increase, maintain or improve the capabilities of individuals with communication and learning disabilities. The APPGAT exists in order to help parliamentarians fully engage with developments in assistive technology and the surrounding policy areas. Policy Connect will be supporting the secretariat services for this new All-Party Parliamentary Group, and is looking forward to being able to advance the conversation around AT, particularly as the sector is so innovative, fast-paced and vibrant, and to support it helping so many people across the UK.

AT can be life-changing and for many it is vital to independence. AT can be used in a variety of ways and for a variety of purposes, helping people to carry out everyday tasks and activities, enhance a person’s safety, support their social participation and monitor their health.

AT can help people who have a range of disabilities, including:

  • Autism spectrum condition
  • Blindness and low vision
  • Deafness and hard of hearing
  • Difficulties with computer/web access
  • Communication disabilities
  • Mobility impairment
  • Manual dexterity difficulties
  • Learning disabilities
  • Cognitive disabilities.

APPGAT commitment to transparency and scrutiny

The APPGAT is entirely committed to ensuring its activities, membership and funding are entirely transparent. The Group is an official 'All-Party Group', and under no circumstances does the APPGAT endorse, support, lobby for or campaign on behalf of one organisation.

The Group operates according to a strict Code of Governance. The Group is funded through a combination of annual membership fees from its associate (non-parliamentary) members and project based sponsorship for specific research projects. The APPGAT and its work is driven solely by its Parliamentary Officers and Members; as such, the Group's non-parliamentary members do not have voting rights within the Group and cannot dictate its activities. The Group's entry on the official Parliamentary Register of All-Party Groups can be viewed here.

The APPGAT is administered by Policy Connect, a cross-party, non-profit organisation based in Southwark. Policy Connect is entirely committed to upholding the principle of transparency in UK parliamentary and public affairs and welcomes any questions you may have on its work and activities.

Please download the official Registration Form of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Assistive Technology here:

APPGAT Registration Form

This is not an official feed of the House of Commons of the House of Lords. It has not been approved by either House or its committees. All-Party Parliamentary Groups are informal groups of Members of both Houses with a common interest in particular issues. The views expressed in the webpages are those of the group.