Statement from iansyst

iansyst does not believe that it is possible to run a viable business supplying equipment to the English DSA at current pricing levels. The three quotes, lowest price system has, predictably, driven prices down to well below the level at which disabled students can be properly supplied and supported for the duration of their courses. Even BIS civil servants appeared to acknowledge this over a year ago. In the last five years ATSPs have had promises of improvements from SLC, BIS and DfE, even from the then Minister, but to no result as yet. We do not believe that that this market failure will change in the next few weeks, thanks to Brexit, the election, and changes of staff and policy at the DfE. Meanwhile dedicated ATSPs continue to provide a good service despite the unsustainable economics.

Therefore from 3rd May iansyst will put our DSA pricing back to sustainable levels whilst still offering excellent value for money.  This may mean that we will not win DSA SFE English orders, though we would ask assessors who value our expertise, team and services to continue to recommend us as they feel appropriate and help us to place quality and service at the centre of the disabled student provision again.

We will also publish our prices for DSA products. Many of these prices are already on our eCommerce site www.dyslexic.com.  We know that the others of the remaining 9 ATSPs who are active in England (until recently there were 20) are equally concerned to make their DSA equipment businesses viable. ATSPs appear united that we want to agree a fair, transparent, independently regulated, menu based pricing system with DfE, which would also save large amounts of duplicated time, money and resources in processing quotes.

iansyst has many customers and our eCommerce, education, workplace and training businesses will continue as normal.

Regards,

Ian Litterick

Executive Chairman

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Business Disability Forum Conference 2017

BDF Conference, 11th April 2017
Royal College of Nursing, 20 Cavendish Square, London
BDF Conference 2017

The Business Disability Forum conference is designed for members looking to take a whole organisational approach to improving performance on disability issues, making it easier to employ and do business with disabled people. The event leads the way in modern thinking, moving disability from the traditional view as solely an HR issue and into the requirements and understanding within each area of a business. It brings together members, partners, associates and stakeholders for a day of presentations, learning and networking.

The theme for the BDF conference this year will focus on the findings of BDF’s 2016 research paper, ‘Key aids and barriers to effectively engaging suppliers and partners’, authored by George Selvanera, which found that more than 60% of outsourcing deals between organisations and outside suppliers failed to build disability into the final outcome, leaving many companies at risk of being inaccessible.

We’re really pleased to be attending this year and very much looking forward to hearing the current research and best practice ideas from across the industry, whilst sharing our expertise in assistive technologies within the workplace. We’ll be aiming to help you secure disability-smart outcomes in work.

What to expect on the day

Focusing on disability-smart suppliers and partners, the conference will be opened by Minister of State for Disabled People, Work and Health, Penny Mordaunt. The event will also feature speakers including:

• Jane Hatton, CEO of Evenbreak
• George Selvanera, Strategy and External Affairs Director at Business Disability Forum
• Dr. Nasser Siabi OBE, CEO of Microlink

There will be panel discussions outlining recruitment issues, new technologies, and also live experience examples from disabled people in addition to Breakout Session options – there’s plenty to learn!

2 for 1 tickets available

Claim the BDF 2-for-1 offer and we’ll see you there! Simply add the code CONF241 in the ‘Where did you hear about this event?’ box on the event BDF Conference Booking Form, both for your own booking and that of the delegate covered by the offer.

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Scheduled Maintenance

Please be aware that today (21/03/2017) at 5:00pm there will be scheduled down time for routine maintenance.

To ensure the best up-time and stability of our services we are carrying out this maintenance during our quieter hours to ensure a smoother transition.

During this time several of our online systems will be unavailable including the iansyst.co.uk website and our ITSPC quoting system.

Service will resume later in the evening and all of our web systems should promptly return to normal operation.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

The iansyst Technical Team.

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Assistive Technology Exhibition and Conference

ATEC London, 6th June 2017

ATEC London 2017

ATEC events are industry favourites, designed to support practitioners working in service delivery, research or policy development and provide new opportunities. The ATEC London 2017 is no different, showcasing excellence in assistive technology and focusing on tech that removes barriers to learning and work.

We’re therefore really pleased to announce that we will be exhibiting and leading a seminar there this summer. What can you expect when you come to see us?

NEW DEVELOPMENTS
See the future! We’re excited to see the latest new assistive tech solutions that will transform the learning and workspace environment. You’ll find leading assistive technology suppliers under one roof and ready to answer your questions.

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
Hear two exciting talks – one by Penny Mordaunt MP, Minister of State for Disabled People, Health & Work and another from Molly Watt, Ambassador and advocate of Molly Watt Trust and Sense.

PRACTICAL TRAINING
Breakout seminars and an emphasis on CPD – through attendance you’ll receive CPD certificates. Our Dyscalculia Solutions & Resources seminar is led by Hilary Maddocks, an established dyscalculia expert working with students in FE & HE. Hilary will help you in seminar to ensure best practice now and in the future.

NETWORKING
There are themed lunch speed dating sessions, where you can meet and discuss new studies and opportunities, swapping stories with the compatriots. The event puts delegates in touch with experts and encourages debate on the current big issues.

Book your place before the 7th April to claim your 15% Early Bird discount and we’ll see you there!

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The All Party Parliamentary Group for Assistive Technology (APPGAT) launch

Assistive Technology Policy Group

This week, we were invited to enjoy the sublime Speaker’s House in the Palace of Westminster for the celebration of The All Party Parliamentary Group for Assistive Technology (APPGAT) launch.

The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Assistive Technology has been set up to disseminate knowledge, generate debate and facilitate engagement on assistive technology amongst Members of both Houses of Parliament.

 

 

Guests were welcomed by the current Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow MP at this important event. Bercow discussed his major review of services for children and young people with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) and his report (The Bercow Report), published in 2008. The newest review (Bercow: Ten Years On) is being researched by I CAN and the Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists (RCSLT).

Speeches

Seema Malhotra MP, the nominated Chair for the APPGAT continued the welcome and highlighted the opportunities to the UK economy as a result of new disability employment, discussing the need to close the employment gap and create greater access in society as well as in the workplace.

There was an aspirational video, showcasing the benefits of assistive technology and a speech by Hannah Rose, a young assistive technology user, who highlighted the life changing importance of assistive technologies.

Lord Holmes of Richmond MBE, Britain’s celebrated Paralympic swimmer, followed on to discuss the empowering nature of assistive technologies in his journey through life. There are millions of similar examples of how assistive tech is transformational, he continued, not as a solution but as an enabler alongside everything else.

Leonard Cheshire spoke next and reflected on the extraordinary attitudinal changes to disability over the last 25 years and highlighted that there still remains a significant and unnecessary employment gap between disabled and non-disabled people.

The APPG AT will occupy an important space in the dialogue about employment and disability policy, more so now given the rapid pace of technological change. The first workstream for the APPG AT will be focused around addressing the disability employment gap. This is not only good for individuals but for the workforce as a whole.

Finally Becky Foreman, the UK Corporate Affairs Director for Microsoft (event sponsors) concluded the talks with a short speech on Microsoft’s mission to empower every human being and every organisation on the planet to achieve more.

What next?

Find out what happens at The All Party Parliamentary Group for Assistive Technology via its website and on Twitter (@AT_APPG) – follow the hash tag  .

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