Hereward College is one of the founding members of a newly formed All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Assistive Technology and will be at the forefront of changes in policy in this area.
APPGs are an informal group of members of both Houses of Parliament who join together to pursue a particular topic or interest. Members of the group will be advocates in parliament, act as ambassadors, and raise awareness of the assistive technology agenda in the UK.
The APPG for Assistive Technology was launched on Monday 6th March by Speaker of the House, Rt Hon John Bercrow and included contributions from Seema Malhotra MP, Lord (Chris) Holmes of Richmond MBE, Hannah Rose – an assistive technology user, and Neil Heslop OBE – Chief Executive of Leonard Cheshire Disability.
The College, which caters for young people with disabilities and additional needs, has extensive research and development expertise specifically related to the users of assistive technology and will be advising the group on education and training.
Paul Doyle, Access Research and Development Manager at Hereward College says:
“We are delighted to be a founder memeber of the APPG for assistive technology. Using assistive technology effectively is a key element to creating a more inclusive world which enables people to participate fully in education, employment, live more independent lives and play a valuable role in society.”
All Party Parliamentary Group for Assistive Technology
APPGs are an informal group of Members of both Houses of Parliament – the Commons and the Lords – who join together to pursue a particular topic or interest. An APPG is essentially run by and for Members although many groups involve individuals and organisations from outside Parliament in their administration and activities. APPGs are bound by strict rules and are not official parliamentary bodies.
Members of the group will be advocates in parliament, act as ambassadors, and raise awareness of the assistive technology agenda in the UK.
The group has been initiated by the ACE Centre, a UK charity and service provider specialising in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and AT, and Inclusive Technology, an award-winning AT developer and supplier.
Policy Connect, a not-for-profit social enterprise led by former government minister Jonathan Shaw will be acting as secretariat for the APPG. www.policyconnect.org.uk/appgat