British Assistive Technology Association
John is Executive Director of the British Assistive Technology Association (BATA), which campaigns on behalf of those who use and work with assistive technology. He has been involved in campaigns on disabled students allowances, zero-rating for VAT on digital technology and accessible exams. John has a long interest in assistive technology and has published Ability magazine, about technology for disabled people, since 2004.
He is involved in various groups campaigning in this field including the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists and the BCS Digital Accessibility Specialist Group. He was elected a Town Councillor for Lewes in East Sussex in 2013.
The challenges facing digital assistive technology
Assistive technology faces a tsunami of change ranging from government cutbacks to new regulations. Users are becoming more discriminating as AT is increasingly seen as part of the mainstream. But despite a welcome increase in visibility and reduction in the cost of AT, there is still much to be done in raising awareness of what the technology is capable of. Many professionals, in particular, lack the skills and confidence to help disabled people get the most out of high tech systems: there are still far too many inaccessible websites. John Lamb will detail his top ten challenges and the action that BATA is taking to assist members in meeting them. He will also look ahead at some of the more intriguing developments coming down the line.