ARATA Publications

AT Issues Statement

Statement on AT Good Practice

ARATA ARTICLE Freedom2Live (posted on April 26, 2017)

Doing Stuff Better Using AT (2017, April) Arthritis and Osteoporosis NSW 4 April 2017

ARATA's response to the Senate inquiry into the delivery of outcomes under the National Disability Strategy (2010-2020)

An introduction to ARATA - ARATA participation through technology.

Verbal Statement to WHO Rehabilitation 2030 Summit, February 2017

WHO Rehabilitation 2030 Statement on Assistive Technology and Rehabilitation by ARATA

RESNA 2018 ARATA presentation (posted August 2018)


ARATA Submissions

ARATA's response to the Consultation Regulatory Impact Statement: Proposal to Include Minimum Accessibility Standards for Housing in the National Construction Code.

ARATA’s response to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety: Considerations for Assistive Technology

ARATA’s response to the TGA consultation Proposed regulatory scheme for personalised medical devices, including 3D-printed devices

ARATA’s response to the ABCB Consultation on Housing Accessibility

Freedom2Live Scooter Response (posted October 2018

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) 

Consultation:  Products used for and by people with disabilities: Options for amendment to the Therapeutic Goods (Excluded Goods) Determination 2018


Australian AT Sector Publications

Assistive Technology for Older Australians: Rapid Evidence Review and Economic Pathway Analysis 


International Publications

Resolution on Improving Access to Assistive Technology The 71st World Health Assembly in May 2018 in Geneva, Switzerland


National Disability Insurance Scheme related publications

NDIS housing rules for people with a disability could be life-changing

Originally published in The Conversation March 2017, regarding new NDIS Specialist Disability Accommodation rules and some implications for AT.


For other publications relating to the NDIS, click here.


Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology Journal

The first edition of the Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology Journal  for 2018 has a range of articles from the GREAT SUMMIT (2017) and some are authored by ARATA members.

Citations (Note: Those which have an Eprint link enable the first 50 people to download free Eprint of the full article.)

Layton, Natasha, Caitlin Murphy, and Diane Bell. "From Individual Innovation to Global Impact: The Global Cooperation on Assistive Technology (Gate) Innovation Snapshot as a Method for Sharing and Scaling." Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology   (2018): 1-6. Eprint link

Smith, Emma M., et al. "Enabling Appropriate Personnel Skill-Mix for Progressive Realization of Equitable Access to Assistive Technology." Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology   (2018): 1-9. Eprint link

Desmond, Deirdre, et al. "Assistive Technology and People: A Position Paper from the First Global Research, Innovation and Education on Assistive Technology (Great) Summit." Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology   (2018): 1-8. Eprint link

MacLachlan, Malcolm, et al. "Assistive Technology Policy: A Position Paper from the First Global Research, Innovation, and Education on Assistive Technology (Great) Summit." Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology   (2018): 1-13. Eprint link

MacLachlan, Malcolm, and Marcia Scherer. "Systems Thinking for Assistive Technology: A Commentary on the Great Summit." Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology   (2018): 1-5.

de Witte, Luc, et al. "Assistive Technology Provision: Towards an International Framework for Assuring Availability and Accessibility of Affordable High-Quality Assistive Technology." Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology   (2018): 1-6.


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

Layton, N., Bell, D., Buning, M. E., Chen, S.-C., Contepomi, S., Delgado Ramos, V., . . . de Witte, L. (2020). Opening the GATE: systems thinking from the global assistive technology alliance. Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, 15(5), 484-490. doi:10.1080/17483107.2020.1738565 This article is free to download and share

Layton, N., Smith, R., Cudd, P., Lee, S., & Okigawa, E. (2017). From International Assistive Technology Professional Organisations. Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, 13(3), 323-324. doi:10.1080/17483107.2017.1379102

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

Boisselle, Angela K. and Grajo, Lenin C. (2018) "They Said: A Global Perspective on Access to Assistive Technology," The Open Journal of Occupational Therapy: Vol. 6: Iss. 3, Article 2.

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


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.


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. 


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.