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    Smart Home Expo

    APPGAT manager Clive Gilbert and APPGAT associate member Hereward College's Paul Doyle joined forces last month to deliver a seminar on assistive technology and independent living at the Smart Home Expo.

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    Digital Services Must be Inclusive

    We must ensure that digital services are "accessible and inclusive for everyone", our head of Industry Technology and Innovation, Robert McLaren, told the Science and Technology Select Committee. Following the publication or the APPGAT's recent report on web accessibility, Robert was called to give evidence to an ongoing inquiry into the way the government provide services online. 

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    APPGAT report: new regulations require digital accessibility in education

    The APPGAT has published its first report: Accessible Virtual Learning Environments. The report makes recommendations to both the government and the education sector to ensure that new digital accessibility regulations are used to improve teaching and learning for all students.   

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    "I personally can’t emphasise enough just how much assistive technology helps me in my everyday life"

    At the last APPGAT parliamentary meeting of 2018, Georgie Hulme addressed MPs, Peers and associate members of the group on her experience accessing assistive technology. In her insightful talk, Georgie reflected on her journey to gaining access to assistive technology and the difference it's made for her. Georgie also identified the barriers that still remain for those who use AT, both in terms of using services and wider societal attitudes toward disability and alternative ways of communicating.  

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    A Child’s Right to Talk

    In collaboration with Manchester Metropolitan University, the APPG for Assistive Technology hosted a daylong conference to explore the findings of I-ASC, a three-year NIHR-funded* research project. It explored the decision-making process of matching the child to the most suitable communication aid. Addressing the findings of the study, Keynote Speaker John Bercow said: “We have to recognise that there are all sorts of different needs. And policy needs to adjust to needs rather than expecting those people with the needs to adjust to a preordained policy”.

    *NIHR: Health Services & Delivery Research Project: 14/70/153 - Identifying appropriate symbol communication aids for children who are non-speaking: enhancing clinical decision-making

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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.