BCAB recommended by Open University

The Open University Student Association (OUSA) has made information about BCAB available to all current students. The following information was included in the OUSA May newsletter:

BCAB joins Moral Maze debate

Léonie Watson will represent BCAB at the Vision UK conference on 11th June.

Léonie will join Nigel Lewis (AbilityNet), Ellie Southwood (RNIB) and Chris Lewis (IDC), on a panel chaired by Peter White of BBC Radio 4.

2012 election results

The BCAB Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held on 13th October 2012. The election of the board of trustees took place during the AGM, with a number of changes taking place.

Pam Griffiths and Neana Lawson stood down from the board before the election. BCAB Chair Léonie Watson formally thanked them both for their contributions during their time as trustees.

Léonie Watson was returned as Chair, David Boden as Treasurer, and Guy Whitehouse as Company Secretary. Mike Townsend was also returned to the role of Honorary President.

BCAB innovate technology procurement

BCAB recently received an enquiry from someone trying to improve the questions to be included in tendering documents used in technology procurement contracts. The concern was that the questions currently used did not adequately cover the accessibility and usability of the technology being procured. In the enquirer's case this had led to printers being purchased which were not usable by some staff.

Mike Townsend on BBC Radio 4 In Touch

BCAB's Mike Townsend joined Peter White and the Radio 4 In Touch programme on Tuesday. The topic was Georgie, a new suite of apps for Android smart phones, created by Roger and Margaret Wilson Heinz and distributed by Sight and Sound.

Drawing on his experience of many different smart phone solutions, Mike reviewed Georgie and a similar product from Synaptec Systems. Listen to Mike's review and the rest of the programme on the BBC iPlayer.

BCAB at Sight Village 2012

Léonie Watson will be teaming up with Steve Griffiths at Sight Village, to present a seminar on Windows 8 and the Narrator screen reader. The joint RNIB and BCAB seminar will be on Wednesday 18th at 2pm in Room 1, so don't forget to register your interest in good time!

Léonie Watson on BBC Radio 4 In Touch

Léonie Watson will join the Radio 4 In Touch programme tomorrow, to challenge the organisers of the National Diversity Awards about the inaccessibility of their website.

BCAB at Vision UK

Dr. Mike Townsend, Hon. President of the British Computer Association of the Blind, Took part in the Vision 2020 landmark conference at the Queen Elizabeth II Centre London June 12.

BCAB awarded Supporting Change tgrant

BCAB has been awarded £9700 under the Supporting Change fund from The Big Lottery.

This grant is an extention of our very successful EyeT4All funding. The purpose of the grant is to evaluate EyeT4All and prepare for its future. We will analyze the statistics we have gathered from venues and clients. We will make some venue visits to see how the taster Days were received locally and discover how clients have fared since.

BCAB applies for BBC charity appeal

Kevin Russell is leading BCAB's application to appear on the BBC's weekly Radio 4 charity appeal programme. The BBC has been supporting UK charities since 1923, by providing broadcast time on its flagship BBC 1 and Radio 4 networks.

If successful, BCAB will have the opportunity to put together a short radio appeal. It will enable us to raise awareness about the association, and appeal for donations from Radio 4 listeners.