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Visually Handicapped People (Computer Technology)

Volume 86: debated on Thursday 14 November 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what steps his Department is taking to encourage and promote the use of computer technology by and for the blind and visually handicapped.

The Department maintains a close watch on developments in this field, and is ready to give support and encouragement when appropriate. We also liaise closely with the Department of Trade and Industry, which has provided a number of computer projects for blind and visually handicapped people as part of the information technology awareness programme, and with the Manpoer Services Commission, which is able to provide a wide range of technological aids through the aids to employment scheme.