Disabled Students Assistive Technology Stakeholder Group (Assistive Technology Sub Group)

The Disabled Students Assistive Technology Stakeholder Sub Group works with the DSSG to advise on new assistive technology (AT) strategies and developments.

The purpose of the sub group is to:

  • Investigate opportunities for AT strategies to support students with a range of impairments and impact on progression and achievement;
  • Keep the DSSG and SLC aware of new AT developments which may necessitate changes to DSA recommendations;
  • Keep abreast of HEIs use of new technology and course related software, its application in learning and teaching and the implications of same for disabled students;
  • Draw upon research and related feedback on supply and use of new technology and strategies;
  • Explore the delivery of IT Tutoring and the related need to expand to include new software developments and strategies (linking with the other strand of DSSG work on non medical helper roles, training and costs);
  • Explore sub group members' experience of AT and highlight issues that may be impacting on students and refer these to DSSG/SLC suggesting how these could be addressed and improvements could be made
  • Provide insights and expertise for input to the design of future changes and improvements
  • To do all such acts and things as are necessary for the transaction of the business of the Working Group or the furtherance of its objects.

Membership

Assistive Technology Subgroup Chair

Catherine Salisbury

British Assistive Technology Association

Sion Evans

BATA (supplier)

British Assistive Technology Association

Mark McCusker

BATA (manufacturer)

Independent Assessment Centres

Paul Dilley

IAC

Department for Education

Paul Higgs

DfE

National Network of Assessment Centres

Daniel Parrott

NNAC

Diversity and Ability Ltd - mobility

Adam Hyland

The Consortium of Higher Education Support Services with Deaf Students

Natalya Dell

CHESS

University Mental Health Advisors Network

Lydia Pell

UMHAN

Autism & Uni Project

Marc Fabri

Diversity and Ability Ltd - mobility

Adam Hyland

British Dyslexia Association 

Sue Flohr

BDA

National Committee for Standards in SpLD Assessment, Training and Practice

Lynn Greenwold

SASC

Student Loans Company

various

SLC

Meeting dates

The sub group meetings take the form of a monthly teleconference with the option of a yearly face to face meeting.

Key outputs from previous meeting

16 October 2017
The group are continuing to support SLC by providing insight into new assistive technology products and strategies which may be funded through Disabled Students Allowances'.