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Thomas Pocklington Trust (TPT), a charity dedicated to enabling and empowering blind and partially sighted people of all ages, has welcomed recommendations made in a new report on how to harness technology to make the world of work accessible to all.

Talent and Technology: building bridges to employment for disabled people was published by Policy Connect and the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Assistive Technology.

The report details the role of technology in the experiences of disabled people transitioning into the workforce and makes recommendations for how the UK can harness the power of these tools and inclusive practices to make the world of work accessible to all.

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The Employment and Education teams at TPT fed into the evidence sessions, much of which is reflected in the final report.

Martin Sigsworth, Senior Employment Manager with the charity, said: “We are particularly pleased to see within the recommendations that there needs to be more support to disabled people to learn how to use their assistive technology as part of any government funded employment programmes.

“Assistive technology only levels the playing field if individuals know how to use it and one of the biggest barriers to blind and partially sighted people getting into the workplace is a lack of knowledge about assistive technology and a lack of skills in using it in the workplace.  It is great to see this included as a recommendation.”

In the report’s foreword, APPG Co-chairs, Lilian Greenwood MP and Lord Shinkwin, said: “The increasing use of digital tools in education, training, recruitment, and job roles, accelerated by Covid-19, is a mixed blessing for disabled people.

“These technologies represent unprecedented opportunities to remove barriers to employment, such as remote working for those who need to shield or who experience travel difficulties.

“However, inaccessible technologies and poor digital practices are actually preventing disabled people from finding and thriving in work.”

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