Assistive Technology

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2008 Police Staff Service Group Conference
26 June 2008

Conference notes with concern the poor record of Police Information Technology Organisation (PITO) and individual forces in introducing assistive technology for disabled police staff. Assistive technology is the provision of software applications which allow workers with disabilities to access IT which otherwise would be denied to them.

Conference notes that recently introduced police software packages, such as VISOR, were rolled-out without assistive technology applications being available. This has meant that disabled police staff have been excluded from job opportunities in contravention of the Disability Discrimination Act.

Conference welcomes the recent agreement of the National Police Improvement Agency (NPIA) to work with UNISON and other stakeholders to develop common standards on assistive technology in the police service.

Conference calls upon the Service Group Executive to campaign for the NPIA and Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) to prioritise this important work to ensure that disabled police staff do not face discrimination at work.