BCAB TechABreak 2015 has been announced - join us

TechABreak 2015, Friday 9th to Sunday 11th October.

Announcing BCAB’s annual event for 2015. Join us for a weekend of technology seminars, social fun, and a little bit of BCAB business!

TechABreak 2015 features four technology seminars (around 90mins long each), two short talks (each being 45mins in length), and the Insight Radio technology panel.

Venue: The Crewe Arms Hotel, Crewe.

Sponsored sky dive!

Jumping out of a plane at 13,000 feet for BCAB!

Léonie Watson will be doing a tandem sky dive on Tuesday 3rd March, to raise money for BCAB. She'll be doing the jump in San Diego during the week of the Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities conference.

You can help Léonie reach her target by sponsoring her through Just Giving, or by sending a text to 70070.

Results of BCAB elections

The BCAB AGM was held on Saturday 11th October in Crewe. The election of the board of trustees saw several changes to the team that manages the association on a day-to-day basis.

Léonie Watson stepped down as Chair to become a trustee, and Andrew Hodgson was elected as the new chair who will take the association forward during the next few years.

BCAB workshop at RNIB forum in Guildford

BCAB's Guy Whitehouse will present a technology workshop at the RNIB member forum in Guildford on 6th September.

The RNIB Member Forum is a great opportunity to meet and socialise with other blind and partially sighted people, take part in activities together and find out about RNIB's work.

New website & online community

We're delighted to announce the launch of the new BCAB website!

Our previous website was nearly a decade old, but it served the association extremely well during that time. It enabled us to offer online payments, and to share knowledge and information with our members throughout the UK and beyond.

Our thanks go to Nomensa, who generously designed and hosted our website throughout this period.

Meet the BCAB tweeters

We've been tweeting regularly from the @WeAreBCAB Twitter account since 2011. We've sent out nearly 5000 tweets, and have well over 500 followers, sharing mainstream and assistive technology news and information.

We're now delighted to announce that our Twitter team has grown! Meet the people who'll be bringing the @WeAreBCAB Twitter account to life each day from the 30th June onwards:

BCAB at RNIB workshops

BCAB trustees Guy Whitehouse and Mike Townsend will be presenting at two RNIB workshops in November. The workshops will bring together RNIB members from the London area.

Mike and Guy will discuss the importance of technology in today's society, and the work that BCAB does to promote access to technology for blind and partially sighted people.

2013 election results

The BCAB Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held on 12th October 2013. The election of the board of trustees took place during the AGM, with a number of changes taking place.

Derek Naysmith stood down from the board of trustees before the election. Léonie Watson formally thanked Derek for his contribution to the association, spanning many years and many roles including Company Secretary and Chair.

Léonie Watson on RNIB Insight Radio

BCAB Chair Léonie Watson joined the RNIB Insight Radio Tech Talk programme today. With news from the Apple iPhone5c/s launch still hot off the press, Léonie discussed the challenges facing blind and partially sighted people on the web and the impact of mobile devices like the iPhone.

BCAB withdraws from Voluntary Sector Forum

BCAB has withdrawn from the Voluntary Sector Forum. Interest in the Voluntary Sector Forum has diminished significantly. No meetings have taken place this year, reaching a point where we no longer feel it necessary to have representatives for this sector speaking on behalf of the Association.

If it is clear to the Association that the Voluntary Sector Forum becomes revitalised in the future, our current representatives are willing to represent BCAB once again at meetings.