Help every disabled person in the UK get the key kit they need

Being a member of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Assistive Technology (APPGAT), I passionately agree with our remit of ensuring that both government and the UK community as a whole are aware of the power of assistive technology to benefit the many millions of people with disabilities in the UK today, as well as our conviction that the right tech should get into the hands of those who need it regardless of circumstances or ability to pay.

APPGAT associate member, the British Assistive Technology Association (BATA), is undertaking a key survey here in the UK as part of a World Health Organisation (WHO) initiative that aims to compile a list of priority assistive technology products that every person with a disability should have access to – ideally on the public purse.  

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Take the survey

If you live in the UK and use or supports someone who relies on assistive technology, please take the online survey (also available as a PDF) to help shape the list. 

The initiative is being undertaken in partnership with the WHO’s Global Cooperation Assistive Technology Programme, which has invited member states to establish a national list of the most essential devices that policymakers should offer through government services and programmes. 

From glasses to hearing aids, from crutches to wheelchairs, from prosthetics to fall-detectors, there’s a wide range of assistive technologies provided by the NHS across a range of disabilities.

However, there are still several (equally as life-changing) solutions that aren’t funded by the government unless you’re in higher education or employment. A notable example is the combination of speech output (‘screen reading’) software and an electronic Braille display for someone who is blind. These are essential tools to ensure that someone can be both active in the digital world and gain essential literacy skills. Highly expensive purchases for an individual, but hugely susceptible to price reductions when purchased at scale by a local authority, say.

Who can take the survey? 

Anyone, but especially users/potential users and their family members, disabled people's organisations and Assistive Technology (AT) and rehabilitation professionals, are encouraged to take part in this survey. 

Please share it with your colleagues and friends.

There’s no advertised deadline for your feedback, but I’d advise doing it today so that a clear picture can be put to government as early as possible.

Take the UK Priority Assistive Products List survey

Further resources

Upcoming training: How to use a screen reader for accessibility testing

Blog: Top assistive tech of the decade

Events: Sign up for a Tech Demo Day

Factsheet: Stroke and computing