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International Lecture on International Standard for Assistive Products for Persons with Disability
Sep 25, 2014

Melbourne, 25th November 2014

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.

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Sign up to NDIS updates from Dept of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services
Sep 22, 2014

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.

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Assistive Technology in Action
Sep 1, 2014

“Assistive technologies have made a massive difference and really opened up my world,” Stephen says. “And it’s broken down a lot of barriers.”

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Department of Social Services: Discussion Paper: Key Directions for the Commonwealth Home Support Programme
Aug 6, 2014

Key Directions for the Commonwealth Home Support Programme is available to download from the Department of Social Services website.

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Canberra's engineering students assist making life better for disabled
Aug 6, 2014

Disability groups have welcomed collaboration between Australian National University students and an assistive technology engineering firm to create low-cost technology.

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Robotic pets for seniors?
Aug 4, 2014

Paro is an interactive or "socially assistive" robots that university researchers and tech companies are developing for people with special needs, such as seniors with dementia, children with autism and adults who have suffered strokes or other conditions.

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Assistive Technology puts creativity within reach
Aug 4, 2014

If you’re a person with the full use of your arms and legs, and you’ve found video editing software a challenge, your ego is about to take a tumble.

Christopher Hills, 18, is quadriplegic, born with athetoid cerebral palsy, which severely limits his ability to control muscle function and speech. Basically, his brain works fine but to use a computer he relies on his neck muscles to operate a switch control.

 

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About ARATA

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

2016

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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