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Launch: All-Party Parliamentary Group for Assistive Technology

Launch: All-Party Parliamentary Group for Assistive Technology

6th March 2017

The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Assistive Technology will be officially launching in Parliament to assistive technology specialists, MPs and Peers.

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.

By kind permission of John Bercow MP

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
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