ARATA is the national peak body representing rehabilitation & assistive technology stakeholders. ARATA's mission is to advance access to rehabilitation and assistive technologies, and to promote practices that ensure positive outcomes from their use.
ARATA’s activities aim to advance rehabilitation and assistive technologies in Australia by supporting and promoting best practice for rehabilitation and assistive technology provision. Please refer to the ARATA ‘Making a Difference with AT’ documents
ARATA aims to do this by:
- Providing a national forum for information sharing and liaison between people who are involved with the use, selection, customisation, supply, research and ongoing support of rehabilitation and assistive technologies;
- Developing and supporting the national rehabilitation and assistive technology community of practice;
- Representing Australia in collaboration with other international rehabilitation and assistive technology peak bodies, including as a signatory to the Alliance of Assistive Professional Organizations, and the CREATe Asia Agreement.
- Stimulating and fostering a culture of research, innovation, collaboration and continuing professional development;
- Disseminating good practice knowledge and practice wisdom to policymakers, service providers, researchers and academics, rehabilitation and assistive technology specialists and consumers; and
- Pro-actively engaging in strategic partnerships with national and international associations, across systems and sectors to inform government and non-government policy, systems and resources.
ARATA will support the development, dissemination and utilisation of knowledge and practice of rehabilitation and assistive technology that contributes to equity and inclusion of people with disability and Australian society by:
- Serving as a peak body and national forum for rehabilitation and assistive technology stakeholders;
- Undertaking, supporting and promoting scientific, literary, professional and educational activities; and
- Promoting active participation of people with disability in the community.
Our Strategic Goals are:
- Develop and strengthen ARATA’s national identity
- Formally recognise specialised skills and knowledge in rehabilitation and assistive technologies
- Engage with ARATA members and community
- Influence policy and sector reforms
- Ensure ARATA’s sustainability and financial viability