RNIB responds to Work and Pensions Committee report on assistive technology

Post date: 
Thursday, 19 April 2018
Category: 
Employment campaigns
Woman using the assistive technology features on an iPad

The Work and Pensions Committee have released an inquiry report in to assistive technology and its impact on the disability employment gap. 

Lucy Dixon, RNIB Policy Manager, said: “It’s completely unacceptable that people with disabilities are being excluded from the world of work; only one in four people registered as blind or partially sighted is in employment. Assistive technology plays a major role in removing barriers faced by people with sight loss, transforming employment prospects and increasing independence. But many employers, as well as people with sight loss, are not aware of the support and technology available. 

"Therefore, we welcome the Work and Pensions Committee report on assistive technology which sets out a series of firm recommendations to improve both awareness and access. We call on the DWP to implement these recommendations as a matter of urgency and for the Government to commit sufficient resources to the Access to Work scheme to ensure that people with sight loss and employers are fully aware of and able to benefit from all that assistive technology has to offer.”

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