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Education

Education Committee launches inquiry into new SEND system

Monday 30 April 2018

The House of Commons Education Committee has launched an inquiry into support for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

£200 laptop charge should be added to students' loans

Thursday 29 March 2018

BATA has called on the Government to add the £200 charge levied on students who receive laptops under the Disabled Students Allowances (DSAs) to their student loan.

Scholarships offer free software

Thursday 29 March 2018

Thirteen of the UK’s leading assistive technology companies have teamed up to offer ten assistive technology scholarships offering free software and training.

UK model of student support wins admirers overseas

Tuesday 27 March 2018

BATA chair Antony Ruck and assessor and AT specialist Jodie Parkes were invited to present a seminar on the DSA at ATIA in January of this year. The weather was a balmy 24 degrees, so it wasn’t a difficult decision.

The impact of EU's accessibility directive on higher education

Friday 16 March 2018

At the moment the EU is still  finalising the  details of how its accessibility directive will need to be implemented by universities and colleges but we expect to have details from the UK government in the next couple of months.

Students glued to Sticky Campus

Wednesday 28 February 2018

Westminster University played host last month to Sticky Campus, a touring roadshow of technology that persuades students to stay on campus even though they have no teaching to attend.

AT for pupils with cerebral palsy

Monday 12 February 2018

As a teacher of special needs I have worked with pupils with cerebral palsy (CP) for whom handwriting is difficult or slow because of the spasm movements associated with the condition. I have found that alternative peripheral devices can help enormously.

DSA Summit takes the high ground

Thursday 31 August 2017

Chair Antony Ruck reminded the 30 delegates at BATA's recent Disabled Students' Allowances (DSA) Summit in Northampton that DSA had enabled the UK to be a forerunner in supporting students, and that modernisation was appropriate, but needed to be carried out sensitively.  The UK AT industry leads the world, and initiatives like the DSA and Access to Work have wider benefits than just the immediate effect, and has implications across the economy and social care, he said.