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.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
“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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Key Directions for the Commonwealth Home Support Programme is available to download from the Department of Social Services website.
Disability groups have welcomed collaboration between Australian National University students and an assistive technology engineering firm to create low-cost technology.
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.
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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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.