Hereward College in Coventry 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 6 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 member 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.”
More information about Hereward College can be found at www.hereward.ac.uk.