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How Can AT Influence The Governments Industrial Strategy

The Chair of the Global Disability Innovation Hub, Lord Holmes, led a meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Assistive Technology held at Parliament on the 26th of March. The event was held to discuss the role of Assistive Technology within the UK Government’s Industrial Strategy.

Speakers included Dr Catherine Holloway, Academic Director of the GDI Hub, Sarah Newton MP, Minister of State for Disabled People, Work and Health, alongside other Parliamentarians, Academics and representatives from Microsoft and Innovate UK.

Dr Holloway spoke of the need for Government to increase their awareness and expertise on what is already available and the impact AT is having on disabled people’s lives, particularly in improving employment opportunities. The Minister echoed this and stated that ‘Everybody should be able to reach their potential’ and pledged her support and that of government to raise awareness of the benefits AT can bring.

Many of the speakers also spoke of the excellent opportunities AT can provide to everyone and that the Industrial Strategy should reflect that. The key messages which emerged were that we should raise awareness of the benefits of AT and promote the expertise which already exists in the UK and the export opportunities this provides.

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