cartoon man reading a newspaper

ILC NSW News & Events

Check back here to stay abreast of the latest ILC NSW news, events, and happenings

Back to top

Latest News


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


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 dates are on 27, 28 March at Ryde - contact us if you 'd like to come -

Harriet Korner, Client Services Manager, ILCNSW


ILC Open Day - 17 March 2014

March 12, 2014

You are invited to our Open Day:
- to tour our Display which includes a one-bedroom apartment built to the Livable Housing Design Guidelines,
- to view Assistive Technology products on Display,
- and to see a demo of our website and AT magic
... download the Open Day flyer
Venue: ILC NSW, Blacktown
Date and Time: 17 March 2014(Monday) 10am-1pm
Address: Westpoint Shop 4019, Level 4, 17 Patrick St, Blacktown NSW
Parking: Level 4 via Alpha St Express Ramp
RSVP: Elaine Shipp on 02 9912 5800
or email


Hello 2014 - Happy New Year

January 5, 2014

Happy New Year everyone.
The ILCNSW will be back on Monday 6-Jan after a short break. We look forward to another exciting year in 2014.
Watch out for our workshops:
- Choosing AT, looking at the factors to consider
- Everyone Connects...for young people
Post your questions:
- call the infoline on 1300 452 679
- search the website
- drop in to see us in Blacktown
- Watch our YouTube channel as we upload our video collection
We look forward to assisting you to find your AT possibilities in 2014.

Robyn Chapman CEO

Back to top


Everyone Connects - AT Workshop

1 May 2014

The Independent Living Centre NSW, with the generous support of the Telstra Foundation, will be running free “Everyone Connects” Assistive Technology Workshops in 2014 on using mobile technologies and speech generating devices to access telecommunications and social media.
The workshop will be of interest for young people with complex communication needs aged 12-25 years. Family members, carers, teachers, or allied health professionals are also welcome.
The workshop will be run from February to May 2014, in Sydney metro as well as regionally in Newcastle, Dubbo, Wagga Wagga and Tamworth.
.... for more info

.... to Register online

With Telstra and ILCNSW
- Everyone Connects with Assistive Technology

AT Workshops in Hunter area for People with Disabilities

8 May 2014 - 30 June 2014

Choosing Equipment for Yourself? What is Available?
What should be Considered? How do I get help?
Be Informed - for Endless Possibilities ...
From December to June 2014, ILCNSW will be running a series of FREE workshops on Assistive Technology for People With Disabilities, Carers and Family Members in NSW Hunter area and beyond. In May, the topics are Communication and Mobile Technology.

... check out all the workshops topics

ILC Training - Manual Wheelchair Prescription

15 - 16 May 2014

Venue: Northcott Building
Address: No. 1 Fennell St, Parramatta NSW
Date: 15 and 16 May 2014
Time: 9:00am - 4:30pm
Instructors: Rebecca Howard, Tracee-Lee Maginnity

This two day course covers clinical aspects of manual wheelchair prescription, and provides hands-on investigation of manual wheelchair features.
Areas covered include:
- Measuring a client for a manual wheelchair
- Clinical reasoning in manual wheelchair assessment
- Product knowledge and manual wheelchair feature update
- Transportation and handling of manual wheelchairs
- Environmental considerations and constraints
.... for more info
download flyer for the course

ILC Training - Dementia Technology

26 May 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