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ILC NSW News & Events

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Everyone Connects - Project Updates

July 9, 2014

The Everyone Connects Pilot Project finished recently, with a very successful workshop at Bathurst. We’ve had an overwhelmingly positive response from participants.
Many people were inspired to build their communication skills, try new apps, accessories and options to access devices, to use telecommunications to connect to the digital world!
We have created a number of Educational Modules, Assistive Technology Demonstrations and Information sheets, so everyone can connect!

We are delighted at the outcomes and would like to thank the Telstra Foundation – working in partnership on this project has enabled so many people with complex communication needs to connect.
Harriet Korner, Client Services Manager, ILCNSW

.. more about Everyone Connects


ILC at Polio Australia Health and Wellness Retreat

May 14, 2014

Polio Australia facilitated a 4 day/3 night Polio Health and Wellness Retreat in May for polio survivors and their partners. It was held from Thursday 8 May to Sunday 11 May 2014.
ILC NSW was present at the Health Retreat on 9 May.

Occupational Therapist Christie Moore from ILC Client Services Team set up an information area to discuss all the possibilities with Assistive Technology.


Everyone Connects Workshops news

February 7, 2014

The first of many "Everyone Connects" Workshops kicked off on 6-Feb. ILCNSW is running these with support from the Telstra Foundation- helping people with complex communication needs to connect. We had a really interested group on the first day.

Rebecca and Yi Hueih showed to attendants some of the specialised AT we had, including eye gaze technology. At the workshop we had lots of interest in mobile technologies and apps for communications and telecommunications.
** Rebecca and Yi Hueih were still smiling when finished.
Next workshop date is on 29 May - contact us if you 'd like to come -

Harriet Korner, Client Services Manager, ILCNSW


Minister Visit - Launching ILC NSW Virtual Display

February 21, 2014

On 18-February, the Hon John Ajaka NSW Minister for Disability Services and Minister for Ageing visited the ILC Blacktown office to find out more about our work, tour our display and launch the virtual tour of our smart apartment.
You can access the virtual tour from the home page of this website or via the following link:


Job Opportunities at ILC - AT Mentors

March 14, 2014

Be one of the Assistive Technology Mentors (ATM) in the Pilot project
- in Hunter NSW and Tasmania, NDIA Pilot Regions.
The Independent Living Centre NSW (ILC NSW) together with the Independent Living Centre Tas (ILC Tas) are seeking interested people with disabilities or carers who have significant experience in using assistive technologies (AT) (aids and equipment) to participate in this pilot project.
The pilot AT Mentors will undertake training to support the AT decision-making and choices of others. Pending successful completion of the training the ATMs will be employed in either the ILC NSW or ILC Tas for the employment phase of the project.

There are various positions and hours available which may be negotiated with the successful applicants. ... for more info

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Pragmatic Organisation Dynamic Display (PODD) Workshops - 2014 Spring

13 - 14 October 2014

PODD Workshops will be of interest to anyone who is supporting communication for people requiring augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). ILCNSW is offering 3 PODD Workshops in Spring 2014. The Introductory Worshop has already been run in early September, two others will be running in mid October.
Venue: Northcott Building, No 1 Fennell St, Parramatta

1) PODD for Speech Generating Devices Woskshop
Date: 13 October 2014
Time: 8.30am Registration; Workshop 9.00am – 4.30pm
Presenter: Gayle Porter, Senior Speech Pathologist, CPEC
This workshop will provide training in the principles and practical aspects of implementing PODD communication systems using high tech devices, including dynamic systems for speech generating devices and mobile technologies.
... for more info | and to register

2) PODD Alternative Access Workshop
Date: 14 October 2014
Time: 8.30am Registration; Workshop 9.00am – 4.30pm
Presenter: Gayle Porter, Senior Speech Pathologist, CPEC
The PODD Alternative Access Workshop will build on the skills from the Introductory PODD Workshop, providing training in design considerations and options for alternative access methods. Participants will gain practical experience in using alternate access methods through hands on activities.
** Prerequiste: Introductory PODD Workshop.
... for more info | and to register

Contact: Harriet Korner

Seamless Living - Introduction to Smart Home Technology

15 October 2014

Venue: ILC NSW
Date and Time: 15-October-2014 (Wednesday) 9am-4:00pm
Location: Westpoint Blacktown NSW
Parking: Level 4 via Alpha St Express Ramp
Instructors: ILC Occupational Therapists
- Ruwani Siriwardene, Esther Huber and Christie Moore

Seamless Living?
Can Smart Home technology enable this?
With so many different ‘smart’ products on the market, how do you know which one to choose ? Discover the features of the various products and find out how to apply them to clients. Get a grip of the latest technology in a hands on environment, including live demonstrations inside ILC Smart Home Display
.... for more info
Email Training Co-ordinator |

ILC Training - Dementia Technology

13 November 2014

Venue: ILC NSW, Blacktown
Date and Time: 26th May 2014 (Mon) 9am-4:30pm
Address: Westpoint, Shop 4019, 17 Patrick St, Blacktown
Parking: Level 4 Carpark via Alpha St Express Ramp
Instructors: Rebecca Howard, Ruwani Siriwardene and Harriet Korner

The course is designed as an introduction for therapists, aged care workers and others involved in the care of a person diagnosed with dementia. The workshop explores assistive technology and strategies to promote independence and to enable people to remain safe in their environment.
Areas covered include:
- Orientation and memory loss
- Maintaining relationships
- Communication and decision-making
- Equipment to make everyday living easier
- Home environment and safety
- Medication management
.... for more info