Coventry college is part of parliamentary advisory group

Hereward College in Coventry is one of the founding members of a newly formed All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Assistive Technology and will be at the forefront of changes in policy in this area.

APPGs are an informal group of members of both Houses of Parliament who join together to pursue a particular topic or interest.  Members of the group will be advocates in parliament, act as ambassadors, and raise awareness of the assistive technology agenda in the UK.

The APPG for Assistive Technology was launched on Monday 6th March by Speaker of the House, Rt Hon John Bercrow and included contributions from Seema Malhotra MP, Lord (Chris) Holmes of Richmond MBE, Hannah Rose – an assistive technology user, and Neil Heslop OBE – Chief Executive of Leonard Cheshire Disability.

The College, which caters for young people with disabilities and additional needs, has extensive research and development expertise specifically related to the users of assistive technology and will be advising the group on education and training.

Paul Doyle, Access Research and Development Manager at Hereward College says:

“We are delighted to be a founder member of the APPG for assistive technology. Using assistive technology effectively is a key element to creating a more inclusive world which enables people to participate fully in education, employment, live more independent lives and play a valuable role in society.”

About Association of Colleges West Midlands

AoC West Midlands promotes and supports the interests of 38 general further education, sixth form and specialist colleges throughout the West Midlands region. The West Midlands is a diverse region and our colleges reflect this diversity. From small specialist colleges in rural locations to large inner city establishments, colleges reflect the needs of their local environment. Working closely with employers, learners and the local community, our 38 member colleges offer a broad range of flexible learning opportunities for individuals at all levels. They aim to give local people the skills they need for success and prosperity, tackling barriers to learning and providing opportunities that meet the needs of individuals and employers
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