The full potential of assistive technology in the learning disability sector is not being realised, according to a new report by charity Hft and Tunstall Healthcare.
Dr Rhidian Hughes, chief executive of the Voluntary Organisations Disability Group (VODG), said the report, launched in Parliament yesterday, offered a timely contribution as the government reviewed its industrial strategy, “which had so far ignored the disability sector”.
“Assistive technology and digital solutions offer an important contribution when developing services for disabled people, not least because they can provide an opportunity for people to have more control over their lives,” Dr Hughes said.
“Hft have produced a timely report which shines an important spotlight on the untapped potential of assistive technology.”
Alongside the launch of the report in the House of Lords, Hft will be leading further discussions on the report’s recommendations at VODG’s annual conference on 9 September.
More information about Hft’s campaign, and the report, ‘Improving outcomes, enhancing care: assistive technologies and the case for a sector deal for the learning disability sector’ can be accessed here.
It sets out the case for a deal for the learning disability sector that could stimulate investment in assistive technologies and transform the way care is delivered.