Below is a selection of publications by ARATA members about ARATA and Australia’s AT sector:

Peer-reviewed journal papers and conference proceedings

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Below is a selection of publications by ARATA members about ARATA and Australia’s AT sector.

Peer-reviewed journal papers and conference proceedings

Steel, E. J., & Layton, N. A. (2016). Assistive Technology in Australia: Integrating theory and evidence into action. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal. doi:10.1111/1440-1630.12293


de Jonge, D., Layton, N., Vicary, F., & Steel, E. J. (2015). Motivations and incentives: Exploring Assistive Technology service delivery from the perspectives of multiple stakeholders. In: Yih-Kuen Jan, Ray Grott ed. RESNA 2015: New Frontiers in Assistive Technology, Arlington, VA: RESNA. Retrieved from:


Friesen, E. L. (2015). Structures, snacks, sprints, and socialising: strategies to increase writing output for AT Practitioners. Studies in health technology and informatics, 217, 788-791. doi:10.3233/978-1-61499-566-1-788


Friesen, E. L., Theodoros, D., & Russell, T. G. (2015). Usability for one. Work, 52(1), 211-213. doi:10.3233/wor-152003


Friesen, E.L., Phuah, T, & Comino, E. J. (2014). Writing conference abstracts: a guide for Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology Practitioners. Journal of Assistive, Rehabilitative and Therapeutic Technologies, 2(23233), 1-3. doi: 10.3402/jartt.v2.23233


Friesen, E. L., Walker, L., Layton, N., Astbrink, G., Summers, M., & de Jonge, D. (2014). Informing the Australian government on AT policies: ARATA’s experiences. Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, 10(3), 236-239. doi:10.3109/17483107.2014.913711


Gottliebson, D., Layton, N., & Wilson, E. (2010). Comparative effectiveness report: online survey tools. Disability & Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, 5(6), 401-410. doi: 10.3109/17483101003793404


Hobbs, D. A., Close, J. K., Downing, A. R., Reynolds, K. J., & Walker, L. T. (2009). Developing a national research and development centre in assistive technologies for independent living. Australian Health Review, 33(1), 152-160. doi:10.1071/AH090152


Layton, N. (2015). Problems, Policies and Politics: making the case for better assistive technology provision in Australia. Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, 10(3), 240-244.


Layton, N. (2012). Barriers and facilitators to community mobility for Assistive Technology users. Rehabilitation Research and Practice, 2012(Article ID 454195), 1-9. doi:10.1155/2012/454195


Layton, N., & Steel, E. (2015). “An Environment Built to Include Rather than Exclude Me”: Creating Inclusive Environments for Human Well-Being. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 12(9), 11146–11162. doi:10.3390/ijerph120911146


Layton, N., Steel, E. J., & de Jonge, D. M. (2013). Choice and Control: assistive technology within Australia’s new National Disability Insurance Scheme. In L. Azevedo, P. Encarnação, G. J. Gelderblom, & A. Newell (Eds.), Assistive Technology: From Research to Practice; AAATE 2013 (Vol. 33). Vilamoura, Portugal: IOS Press.


Layton, N., & Wilson, E. (2009). Re-conceptualizing disability and assistive technology: Australian consumers driving policy change. Technology and Disability, 21(4), 135-141. doi:10.3233/TAD-2009-0289


Schraner, I., de Jonge, D. M., Layton, N., Bringolf, J., & Molenda, A. (2008). Using the ICF in economic analyses of Assistive Technology systems: Methodological implications of a user standpoint. Disability and Rehabilitation, 30(12-13), 916-926. doi:10.1080/09638280701800293


Steel, E. J., Layton, N. A., Foster, M. M., & Bennett, S. (2014, Early online). Challenges of user-centred assistive technology provision in Australia: shopping without a prescription. Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology. doi:10.3109/17483107.2014.941953


Summers, M. (2011). Ripe for Reform: Aids and Equipment Policy. Health Issues, 105(Summer), 32-34. Retrieved from;dn=785492517509038;res=IELHEA


Other publications and reports

Layton, N. & Callaway, L. (2017, April). ARATA's response to the Senate inquiry into the delivery of outcomes under the National Disability Strategy (2010-2020) Retrieved from:


Layton, N., Steel, E. J., Friesen, E. L., & Phuah, T. (2015). ARATA's response to the NDIA’s Assistive Technology Discussion Paper. Sylvan: Australian Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology Association. Retrieved from


Layton, N., Wilson, E., Colgan, S., Moodie, M., & Carter, R. (2010). The Equipping Inclusion Studies: Assistive Technology Use and Outcomes in Victoria. Burwood: School of Health and Social Development and Deakin Health Economics, Deakin University. Retrieved from


Summers, M., & Sparks, C. (2014). Supporting Choice and Control: Assistive Technology Funding Reforms Briefing Paper. Retrieved from


Summers, M., & Walker, L. (2013). National Credentialing and Accreditation for Assistive Technology Practitioners and Suppliers An Options Paper. Parramatta: Assistive Technology Suppliers Australasia and Australian Rehabilitation and Assistive Teechnology Association. Retrieved from


Walker, L., & Friesen, E.L. (2015). Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology: NCRE response to the NDIA Discussion Paper. Canberra: Engineers Australia. Retrieved from


Walker, L., Layton, N., Astbrink, G., & Summers, M. (2012). Assistive Technology and the NDIS. Caloundra: Tech4Life. Retrieved from


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