The Assistant Minister for Social Services, Mitch Fifield has announced the 2014 International Day of People with Disability Patron — Ms Jacqueline Freney OAM is Australia’s most successful Paralympian at a single Games following her haul of eight gold medals at the 2012 London Paralympics. The Ballina local is a member of the Australia Swim Team and one of Australia’s most decorated swimmers. In 2014, Jacqueline was named Young Australian of the Year in recognition of her colossal achievements both in and out of the pool. Information about IDPWD Patron go to: http://www.idpwd.com.au/about/patron/ Information about IDPWD go to: http://www.idpwd.com.auRead more
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ARATA is delighted to welcome Professor Yvonne Heerkens of the Netherlands to Melbourne. A movement scientist and specialist in rehabilitation and outcome measures, and international standards committee chair, Professor Heerkens is a world expert in these international taxonomies and their use to allied health practitioners.Read more
The Queensland Government has plans and initiatives underway to be ready for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) to commence in Queensland from July 2016. People with disability, families, carers, providers, and sectors are getting ready to take up opportunities that the scheme will bring to Queensland.Read more
ARATA is a national association whose purpose is to serve as a forum for information sharing and liaison between people who are involved with the use, prescription, customisation, supply and ongoing support of assistive technology.
Our focus is the advancement of rehabilitation and assistive technology in Australia, through activities including conferences, special interest groups, a website, listserver, membership directory and a newsletter.
ARATA is also a signatory of the Tokushima Agreement between allied organisations in Japan, Europe, America and Australia. The aim of this agreement is to foster cooperation between these organisations and their members.
ARATA publishes a newsletter for members three times a year. This is distributed electronically with other formats available.
AT Practitioners and the National Disability Insurance Scheme
As part of the gathering of good practice to establish the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), the ARATA board engaged an expert project team to draw together ARATA's policy and evidence base around assistive technology practice.
The ARATA project team, coordinated by Lloyd Walker includes Gunela Astbrink, Natasha Layton and Michael Summers, brings a wide range of specialist expertise in assistive technology and ensures the voice of AT practitioners is well represented.
ARATA's position in relation to AT and the NDIS was lauched at our August 2012 conference.
Establishing quality in the AT Practice & Supply Sectors
This joint project between ARATA and the Assistive Technology Suppliers' Association (ATSA) gives the background and the suggested approach to establishing an Australian national accreditation system for AT practitioners and suppliers.
Please visit the NDIS website for further updates and information about the progress of the scheme.