Cambridge AT firm receives funds to help people with learning disabilities

Europe, July 27 2011

UK: Government funding has been awarded to a Cambridge-based Assistive technology (AT) firm iansyst to develop new mobile technologies to help people with disabilities.

Educational services for people with disabilities in Cambridge are set to improve following the awarding of new government funds. iansyst, an AT firm is to develop new mobile technologies aimed at assisting people with learning disabilities.

The firm is to receive a £250,000 after prevailing in the Plain Sailing competition recently held by the Small Business Research Initiative.  Sponsored by the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) and the Technology Strategy Board (TSB), this is the first of two competitions that encourage the development of technology solutions to suit specific public sector needs and to enhance learners’ skills through improved social and educational communication.

Abi James, Head of Product Innovation for iansyst, comments: “iansyst is dedicated to developing technologies to assist people with disabilities. We are delighted that the SBRI has awarded us with funding to explore the concept of MyDocStore. This application creates accessible formats on the move – whether converting text into a talking e-book, large font document or audio book.  Using the most recent developments in mobile technology, we believe we can create a fantastic tool for people wanting to access documents wherever they are, in a format that suits their needs.

“We are looking forward to working alongside our partners to develop the proposal which, we all feel, could have a huge positive impact on the way that assistive technologies are deployed to benefit people with reading difficulties.”

For further information about iansyst Ltd, please visit the web site at www.iansyst.co.uk or Tel: 01223 420101.

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