Assistive Technology

What is Assistive Technology?

Assistive technology is for any and every person for occasions where one may be unable to complete a task, or at least with ease and safety. Even using ergonomic keyboards and mice to ease pain! Assistive technology can be any device, system or design, and can be commonly referred to as aids, equipment or home healthcare.

AT at a glance

These can include simple products such as those that assist you to open a jar or bottle, or turn a tap or open a door. Complex technologies can include specialised computers, powerdrive wheelchair controllers, home automation and environmental control systems. They can also include environmental design and home modifications or a different technique or way of doing a task.

Which option is best for me?

Each person is different, and it is important that a multiple of factors are carefully considered before you decide which one best suits your needs. Common areas to consider include your current and future goals, your abilities, your environment, the location in which you need and want to use the asisstive technology, and the features and options available. Finding the right assistive technology can be complex and daunting. However, we also recommended you seek professional and independent information and advice about which assistive technology solution best meets your goals.

Additional Information

Independent Living Centres Australia (ILCA) is a collective network of member ILCs from each Australian state that identify emerging trends, conduct evidence-based-research and advance assistive technology policy and systems innovation within the Australian context. Although each ILC operates largely autonomously, at their core, ILCs are leading not-for-profit organisations that provide independent and unbiased information, advice, therapy services, training and events for assistive technology and home modifications.