International Lecture DVD now available
Jul 18, 2015

ARATA is pleased to offer people the opportunity to purchase a DVD of the 2014 Lecture on ISO and ICF by Professor Yvonne  Heerkens ‘What Allied Health Practitioners need to know about WHO ICF and the International Standard for Assistive Products for people with a Disability"

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Disability advocates call for funds to explain NDIS
May 24, 2015

An article in The Age, Saturday, May 23, 2015, reported that People with Disabilities ACT executive officer Robert Altamore, who has been blind since birth, said the NDIS had made a major positive difference to those people who had been able to navigate through it.

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NDIS Citizens' Jury report card released
May 23, 2015

Results from a citizens’ jury assessing the progress of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) have been released on Saturday May 16 2015 in the form of a scorecard report from People with Disability Australia

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A man has been able to control a robotic limb with a mind-reading chip implanted in his brain.
May 23, 2015

It allowed Erik Sorto, from California, to sip a drink unaided for the first time in 10 years. 

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Oct 30, 2014

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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.

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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.

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Please visit the NDIS website for further updates and information about the progress of the scheme.

Our Next Conference


Following from our recent 2014 conference, ARATA is exploring a number of exciting opportunities for our next conference.   Members will be kept up to date when details are finalised.

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