Leading names past and present from the field of assistive technology (AT) joined the directors and staff of Inclusive Technology on Friday (9 September) to celebrate its accolade of winning a Queen’s Award for Enterprise
Founding directors Martin Littler, Roger Bates and Trish Hornsey were presented with a crystal glass bowl by the Queen’s representative for Greater Manchester, Deputy Lieutenant Anna Reeves.
Appropriately Reeves is also Manager of the ACE Centre, a registered UK charity that provides advice and support services in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and AT.
Friday’s champagne reception was the latest event to mark the announcement of the award in April. The company’s achievements were profiled at the time in a feature in Special World.
Inclusive Technology received its award specifically for international trade and its acclaimed online subscription service HelpKidzLearn. More recently it has invested heavily in the development of eye gaze hardware and software for which it won a coveted 2016 Education Resources Award.
Guest were also joined at the reception by children’s character ‘Bob the Builder’ who Inclusive partnered with to raise money for Manchester Children’s Hospital. To date the partnership has raised £80,000 that helps parents who want to stop-over at the hospital while their children are being treated.
Commenting on the award Martin Littler, Chairman and CEO, said:
Our business can give some children without speech a chance to communicate and others with severe disabilities the chance to play and learn. Many of our staff relish the fact that they are making a difference for these children and really enjoy their visits to special schools to try out new programs and devices. We are absolutely delighted to be recognised for our achievements in this field.
Inclusive’s major “competitor” is ignorance of the wealth of resources which can transform the learning of youngsters with severe learning disabilities (SLD), profound and multiple learning difficulties (PMLD) or those without speech who need alternative or augmentative communication (AAC). Official recognition by Her Majesty The Queen will do much to change this.
Commenting on Inclusive’s award, Reeves said:
Having seen the impact of Inclusive Technology’s considerable contribution to the field of assistive technology, supporting learning for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities in this country and overseas, this Award is a fitting tribute. I know this award will motivate Inclusive Technology to produce further high-quality resources for special education schools and settings and many more children and young people will continue to develop and achieve in their education as a consequence.