Assistive Technology News – June 2022 round up

Assistive technology news, policy and events. 

Clive, smiling at the cameraDispATches is written by Clive Gilbert, freelance research consultant and specialist writer in public policy, social affairs and technology. He also recently spoke to the House of Lords Adult Social Care Committee about technology and independent living.

Born with cerebral palsy, Clive is an extensive user of assistive technology and has first-hand experience of the transformative potential that technology can bring to the lives of disabled people. 

Policy and Campaigns  

Tech Developments and Innovations  

Training, Events and Professional Development 

AbilityNet Accessible mobile development training, 13 July 2022

  • Learn how to include accessibility when building a mobile application. 

Accelerating Access to Equipment & Assistive Technology, 1 July 2022

  • A webinar for health and social care practitioners involved in providing assistive technology to people who require support to live independently.
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Tech Tip

The iPhone's Background Sound 

  • Showing the technology industry's growing awareness of neurodiversity, iPhone's new Background Sound accessibility option helps people who struggle in noisy environments by blocking out the hubbub with calming sounds.

Get in touch

  • Email Clive if you have a comment about the stories in this newsletter - or to suggest a contribution for next month.

Further resources 

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