Becta Home Access Assistive Technology service manager

Becta has awarded a contract to Vangent to provide bespoke Assistive Technology solutions for those learners with the most profound disabilities or Special Educational Needs under the Home Access programme.

Home Access is a government programme managed by Becta which aims to ensure that more children in state-maintained education in England have access to technology at home to support learning. Eligible low-income families can apply for a grant to purchase a Home Access computer and internet package.

Despite the recent announcement to close Becta, the government has committed to continuing with the Assistive Technology element of the Home Access programme.  This will run until March 2011.

Nick Shacklock, Director Home Access said: “With 12,000 children set to benefit from personalised Assistive Technology solutions, it is crucial we have the right provider in place to deliver this service.  It’s a unique provision and important that those with specific needs apply now as individual assessments will be made on a first come first served basis.”

Suppliers were assessed on their capability to deliver the specialised Assistive Technology service. They had to demonstrate a commercial understanding of the Home Access programme, how to meet and support the needs of the customer group, as well as their technical capability to provide a bespoke Assistive Technology service in accordance with the published criteria supporting interoperability across all potential Home Access packages.