The story of Australia’s AT collaboration stems from a shared vision by an
interdisciplinary group of practitioners and academics.
The vision is that people will have access to appropriate assistive technology when they need it, as well as built and social environments that facilitate maximum independence.
In November 2006 the Fremantle Collaboration was successful in obtaining a $17,419 University of Western Sydney (UWS) Research Partnerships Program Grant to investigate the economic framework for people with a disability and the provision of specialist equipment for their needs. The Research Partnership Project is entitled Assistive Technology in Australia: Economic Analyses from a user standpoint – methodological implications. Independent Living Centres Australia; National Council on Rehabilitation Engineering and Novita Tech are grant industry partners.
Members of the Fremantle Collaboration presented papers at two state-wide, at four national and at nine international conferences. Other outputs include publication of a book chapter, a number of refereed abstracts and a refereed journal article (in press). Key external links were established with Renzo Andrich of Don Gnocchi Foundation, Italy.
At its third research workshop the Fremantle Collaboration decided to change its name to Assistive Technology Collaboration and to establish a public website.
After significant reviewing of the research and literature, the Assistive Technology Collaboration defines the following:
An assistive technology solution can be defined as an individually tailored combination of hard (actual devices) and soft (assessment, trial and other human factors) assistive technologies, environmental interventions and paid and/or unpaid care.
Person Centred Approaches: A model for considering the foundations (PDF, 87Kb)
Robyn Chapman, CEO, Independent Living Centre NSW
Layton, N (in press) Problems, Policies and Politics: making the case for better assistive technology provision in Australia ARATA Conference Proceedings Sydney 2012
Layton, N. & Wilson, E. (2010) Doing disability policy better: learning from research and policy change activities for The Equipping Inclusion Studies. IN BIGBY, C. & FYFFE, C. (Eds.) State Disability Policy for the Next Ten Years - What Should it Look Like? - Proceedings of the Fifth Annual Roundtable on Intellectual Disability Policy. Bundoora, La Trobe University.
Layton, N. & Wilson, E. (commissioned and accepted) Practicing inclusion in policy design for people with disabilities. IN TAKET, A., CRISP, B., GOLDINGAY, S., GRAHAM, M., HANNA, L. & WILSON, L. (Eds.) Practising Social Inclusion. Routledge.
Universal Design - Why isn't it happening?
- Jane Bringolf (Urban Research Centre) & Ingrid Schraner (Social Justice Social Change Research Centre , School of Economics & Finance, University of Western Sydney)
Inhibitors and facilitators of universal design in the built environment with emphasis on new-build
dwellings: social, political and economic implications
- Jane Bringolf, Urban Research Centre, University of Western Sydney, Confirmation of PhD Candidature Presentation, December 2008
2009 Technology Symposium
- Natasha Layton Keynote Address, Independent Living Centre of Western Australia, 24 March 2009
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