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Digital Inclusion and Disability: from pandemic response to a strategic approach

Organised by: Tech For Disability and Policy Connect's ATech Policy Lab

Virtual Event


In partnership with Tech For Disability's Inclusive Conversation series, Policy Connect and its ATech Policy Lab will host an interactive roundtable on tackling the digital divide for disabled people. The roundtable will bring together the tech, corporate, charitable trust sectors, disabled organisations and policymakers to map out a strategic approach to tackling the digital divide and continue the momentum from recent digital inclusion initiatives that were an emergency response to Covid-19 such as the Digital Lifeline Fund.

People with an interest in the digital divide and its effects for disabled people

Those interested in:

- the digital divide and people disabled by society

- diversity and inclusion in tech and its effect on accessibility

- the convergence of the tech, policy and philanthropy sectors

Contributors

Shamima Akhtar
Shamima Akhtar
Policy Coordinator, Policy Connect
Helen Milner OBE
Helen Milner OBE
Group Chief Executive, Good Things Foundation
Chi Onwurah MP
Labour MP for Newcastle upon Tyne Central, Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
Gosia Kwiatkowska, Bsc, MA, FHEA
Gosia Kwiatkowska, Bsc, MA, FHEA
Co-director and Senior Lecturer at RIX Centre, University of East London
Ajay Choksi
Ajay Choksi
Self-advocate and peer trainer

Tech London Advocates Tech For Disability, in partnership with Policy Connect’s ATech Policy Lab

Tech For Disability is a working group of Tech London Advocates, aimed to bridge the disabled community and the tech industry, so tech is made more inclusive as well as the industry itself. We convene Inclusive Conversations with conversation starters to generate discussions and content for sharing on our network.

Policy Connect is a cross-party think tank. We specialise in supporting parliamentary groups, forums and commissions, delivering impactful policy research and event programmes and bringing together parliamentarians and government in collaboration with academia, business and civil society to help shape public policy in Westminster and Whitehall, so as to improve people’s lives.

Our work focuses on five key policy areas which are: Education & Skills; Industry, Technology & Innovation; Sustainability; Health; and Assistive & Accessible Technology.

The ATech Policy Lab is a new venture in Assistive and Accessible Technology from Policy Connect, with supporting partners Bournemouth University and the Ace Centre. The Lab brings together stakeholders from the tech and disability sectors with policymakers to design evidence-based policy that makes technology enabling for everyone.


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