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'Grant cuts will hurt disabled students' – BATA warning

'Grant cuts will hurt disabled students' – BATA warning

Willetts' cuts hit disabled students and may 'decimate' assistive technology industry, writes John Lamb
Sweeping changes to the disabled students allowances (DSAs) which cover the purchase of computers, laptops and specialist equipment and software, as well as the provision of support workers and help with travel costs, will damage prospects for disabled students.

The warning comes from the British Assistive Technology Association (BATA) and follows the introduction of the changes by minister for universities and science David Willetts MP, This signals a shift in policy that goes beyond saving money, said Mark McCusker, chair of BATA.

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Touch and pads open door to SEN ‘dream device’

Touch and pads open door to SEN ‘dream device’

'With iPads and other tablets we have the beginnings of the dream device,' says Martin Littler
iPads are the biggest “big idea” in special needs since the personal computer. I ...

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Ensuring kids are not barred from the Bard

Ensuring kids are not barred from the Bard

Success keeps on coming for 'SEN Assist'. John Galloway looks at the stories and explains why
They did it again. For the second year running the folk at SEN Assist received an Ed...

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Need a good conversation starter? Take it to the mats

Need a good conversation starter? Take it to the mats

There are lots of ways to start communication. 'Talking Mats' is a good one, says Sal McKeown 
Last week at Communication Matters , the annual conference for augmentative an...

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College role for digital text helper par excellence

College role for digital text helper par excellence

Independent learners and students need digital friends like 'Read&Write Gold', says Sal McKeown
Come the autumn thousands of students will be bereft. For years they have re...

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