On 24 February 2015, the ILC brought their services to the Hills Region by hosting a free Equipment & Technology Expo at the NDIS Perth Hills Trial Site.
The expo was targeted at people under 65 years of age who have a disability and are living in the Hills Region, NDIA planners and service providers. The morning and afternoon sessions were well attended with the event attracting over 100 people throughout the day.
The aim of the expo was for attendees to gain information and receive advice about the range of assistive equipment and technology available that could support them in everyday life activities such as:
- Personal safety;
- Meal times;
- Independence at home;
- Accessing the community;
- Vehicles and driving; and
- Helping children to learn through play.
Along with the range of equipment on display to view and trial, there were some interesting presentations on ‘Communication & Technology’, ‘Modifications to make your home accessible and safe’ and ‘Technology to access and control your home environment.’ There were also cooking demonstrations, using assistive equipment, as well as information about the NDIS.
A range of positive feedback about the event was received, including the below comment:
‘We were unaware of some of the new items available. Information on various topics
was explained to us much clearer than reading the internet and we were provided with answers on the spot that we could understand. We will follow up on a few items we saw on the day. Thank you’
Two lucky attendees came away from the event as prize winners – congratulations to Louise Fletcher who won a gift hamper for the ‘guess the gadget’ game, which was an IRISPen and to Robyn Cashmore (Pictured Left with her son Simon) for winning the door prize, which was an iPad mini.
Are you considering Assistive Equipment & Technology as part of your NDIA or My Way Plan? Find out how the Independent Living Centre WA can assist you with your plan.
You may also be interested in checking out our blog and reading Jason Lewis’ story about what equipment and technology he uses, from a Go-Pro camera through to an electric fishing rod, all suited specifically to Jason’s needs allowing him to be more independent and live the life he chooses.