ARATA is a national association whose purpose is to serve as a forum for issues in rehabilitation and assistive technology.
ARATA publishes a newsletter for members three times a year. This is distributed electronically with other formats available.
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. A key part of communicating our policies are in these papers:
The Board and ARATA members will continue to highlight the role of the AT practitioner and how AT services enhance great outcomes for people who use assistive technologies. The ARATA Board is happy for others to draw on the work here
This joint project between ARATA and ATSA will describe how an Australian national accreditation system for AT practitioners and suppliers should be constructed. A Consultation Paper (see below) was released for broad comment (closed 6 May) and the extensive responses received are informing the preparation of the final Options Paper that will be submitted to FaHCSIA at the end of May.
The Project Team will present an overview of the responses received and the planned approach to the Options Paper at lunchtime sessions at the ATSA Daily Living Expos in Sydney and Brisbane in the next two weeks. All are welcome to register for an Expo and come and listen.
Sydney, Thursday 16th May http://www.dailylivingexpo.com.au/sydney-lunchtime-session/
Brisbane, Thursday 23rd May http://www.dailylivingexpo.com.au/brisbane-lunchtime-session/
You can find more on the project work and downnload additional papers and high resolution versions for printing at our WIKI site: http://www.arata.org.au/NDIS
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