Learning Disabilities, Autism and Neurodivergence Bill: consultation

Closes 21 Apr 2024

Access to Technology

Over recent years digital access has become increasingly important to the way we live our lives.  It is important to stay connected with family, friends and our communities, as well as being able to access learning and employment opportunities online.  Digital inclusion therefore plays a key role in a person’s independence. The pandemic made the importance of digital access even more critical, due to many services moving online. 

There are many people with learning disabilities who have difficulties accessing digital devices or using digital services and are at risk of being digitally excluded.

There is a need for security, awareness and training in terms of how to use technology and how to use technology safely.

What can the Learning Disabilities, Autism and Neurodivergence (LDAN) Bill do?

We have made proposals for inclusive communications and we would expect this to have a positive impact on increased digital access. 

Proposal 1 - We could also consider how to ensure that training is available to people with learning disabilities in digital skills and online safety.

Proposal 2 - We could gather clear data on the number of people with learning disabilities and neurodivergent people accessing and using technology.

Proposal 3 - We could make more support available to directly help people with learning disabilities and neurodivergent people access and use technology.

Please tell us what you think.

Related information

Consultation Questions

The questions in this document refer to information contained in our consultation document and various alternative formats which can all be found here

You need only answer questions in the sections most relevant to you.

Which of these proposals do you agree with (if any), please tell us why?
Which of these proposals do you not agree with (if any), please tell us why?
Is there anything else that we should consider in relation to access to technology?