ARATA is the national peak body representing rehabilitation & assistive technology stakeholders. ARATA's mission is to build and sustain an inclusive assistive technology community of practice.
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.
Objective 1. Influence policy and sector development to grow a rights-based approach, with access to AT products and services for those who need it.
Objective 2. Support and develop assistive technology education and research by promoting specialised skills and knowledge.
Objective 3. Develop, engage, strengthen and support local and global assistive technology communities
Objective 4. Ensure ARATA’s sustainability, financial viability and relevance.
Influence policy and sector development to grow a rights-based approach, with access to AT products and services for those who need it;
Support and develop assistive technology knowledge and skills by:
promoting specialised skills and knowledge in assistive and rehabilitation technologies;
supporting good practice principles in service delivery;
Develop, engage, strengthen and support assistive technology research, practice and profile, locally and globally;
Ensure ARATA’s sustainability, financial viability and relevance.