Assistive Technology News – May 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. 

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. 

This month's dispATches newsletter is sponsored by Dolphin Computer Access. 

Policy and Campaigns  

Tech Developments and Innovations  

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Training, Events and Professional Development 

Past and Future of Assistive Technologies, 23/24 June 2022

  • Two-day summit of talks, activities, and workshops on the past and future of assistive technologies.

AbilityNet Removing Physical Barriers, 15 June 2022 

  • Learn how to support employees who are physically disabled. 

AbilityNet Digital Accessibility Legislation, 9 June 2022

  • Learn about the purpose of various accessibility legislations, the paths to comply with them, and ways to approach claims.
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Communication, control and telepresence for physically disabled people, 6 June 2022 

  • Gaming charity SpecialEffect look at the innovative technologies they use to help physically disabled people access leisure, mobility, communication and control. 

Assistive Technology Exhibition and Conference, Reading UK,  29th June 2022 

  • An annual conference highlighting the latest assistive technologies that remove barriers to education and employment.


Tech Tip

Voice-typing in Windows 11

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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 

AbilityNet provides a range of free services to help disabled people and older people. If you can afford it, please donate to help us support older and disabled people through technology