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On Friday 30 October at 2pm, Leonard Cheshire is hosting a free webinar event to explore how assistive technology has supported disabled people during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Entitled ‘Changing perceptions, challenges and opportunities around assistive technology for people with disabilities during the pandemic’, the free webinar will be hosted by Leonard Cheshire’s director of assistive technology Steve Tyler.

Steve will be sitting down for a ‘fireside chat’ with Charlotte Vuyiswa McClain-Nhlapo, senior disability adviser at the World Bank Group.

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During the webinar, they will discuss the ways in which assistive technology supports people with disabilities to upskill and engage in employment. The online session will also cover the importance of guiding technological development so progress on accessibility does not slow or roll back.

Furthermore, the national disability charity’s webinar will explore how enhanced technology can enable an ongoing inclusive response to COVID-19 and influence the post-pandemic recovery to ensure the global ‘build back better’ agenda is fully inclusive.

To register for the free webinar, click here

Recent research by Leonard Cheshire and United Response unveiled that over 7,300 disability hate crimes were reported to the police across England and Wales in 2019/20, yet only 1 in 62 cases received a charge from the police.

In response to the worrisome statistics, the two charities are calling for the authorities, Government and online platforms to start taking disability hate crime more seriously.

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