Technology for blind and vision impaired children
Nov 15, 2013

Dr Scott Hollier Ramp Up Updated 4 Nov 2013 (First posted 1 Nov 2013)

How the technology needs of children who are blind or vision impaired are being met is changing fast, but not fast enough, writes researcher Dr Scott Hollier.

I was 14 when my teachers suggested I could do with some extra support to help with my vision impairment. I was provided with the most cutting edge technology 1990 could offer: a portable electronic keyboard, a glass magnifier ball and oversized text books in large print.

I needed a huge hiking pack to carry it all. It's fair to say the other kids could always spot me pretty easily.


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Maximising Life Choices Research Report Released
Nov 15, 2013

The Research into Maximising Life Choices of People with a Spinal Cord Injury was launched on 14th November 2013 by the Minister for Ageing and Disability Services, John Ajaka at Parliament House.


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Urgent: Invacare power wheelchair product recall
Oct 15, 2013

Consumers and health professionals are advised that Invacare Australia, in consultation with the TGA, is undertaking a recall for product correction for some models of Invacare power wheelchairs.

It has been identified that there is a wiring defect in the joystick of a small number of wheelchairs which may result in the following issues:

  • the power wheelchair may slow down relative to the      selected speed and not recover, driving at a reduced speed
  • the power wheelchair may slow down relative to the      selected speed and then recover, creating an unintended acceleration.
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NRS adds Auslan by video
Jul 21, 2013

Australians who are deaf, hearing or speech impaired will now be able to live more independently thanks to two new communications services switched on today.

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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

Canberra 20-22 August, 2014

Planning for our next conference, to be held in Canberra in the second half of 2014, is well underway, and abstracts from potential speakers are invited.

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