NED, the Independent Living Centres Australia online national equipment database, is currently undergoing a transformation to make it a more useful tool for people. This is where we need your help.
NED, currently located at www.ilcaustralia.org.au/search_category_paths, contains impartial information about the range of assistive technology (AT) and equipment options available throughout Australia.
The database currently comprises over 11,000 AT products. NED is an essential tool enabling people with disability, older people, carers and therapists to research the best AT solutions available to them nationwide.
Assistive technology and equipment enhances individual’s inclusion and participation in the community and all aspects of their life.
We are currently undertaking the ‘NED Development Project’ to ensure the database is the most accessible, accurate, impartial, comprehensive and user friendly online database of AT available in Australia. In order to know if the improvements made to NED meet people’s needs, the Independent Living Centre WA is conducting a satisfaction survey before and after the changes are made.
To provide your valuable input into NED and to have the chance to win one of three $100 Coles Myer vouchers, please complete the online survey here by Friday 11 March.
The NED Development Project
The NED Development Project aims to ensure that the database is the most accessible, accurate, impartial, up to date, comprehensive, user friendly online database of AT that is available in Australia. This will ensure consumers are able to make the most informed choices possible about AT that is suitable to their individual circumstances and goals.
For consumers, the project will:
- empower them to be more involved in the process of selecting AT;
- enable them to better compare and explore AT options;
- give them access to information about AT suppliers with up to date pricing and item availability;
- provide them with useful information around the principles of good AT selection, features to consider and environmental considerations;
- open up communication opportunities with other AT users through a moderated chat room where people can exchange ideas and experiences of their use of AT in a place where suppliers, importers and manufacturers are also encouraged to contribute to stimulate ideas for AT innovation and development;
- provide them with the easiest path to purchase items, including items in bulk; and
- provide rural and remote consumers with on offline version of NED that can be accessed in regions of Australia with limited access to the internet.
Following the NED developments what can users expect to see?
- A database that can be more easily navigated;
- Better and more up-to-date information;
- The ability to set up their own profile and to save their searches;
- The ability to perform product comparisons to match, cross check and compare features and specifications;
- A moderated discussion board;
- A clearer process on how to purchase items and information about where bulk purchases may be possible;
- Search and intelligence tools that provide more meaningful and tailored search results. This is through:
– the ability to limit a keyword search to a specific set of products;
– the identification of related products and product areas relevant to items users are searching for;
– the ability to sort and filter search results by a number of different factors; and
– the identification of topic areas when a search has returned too many results.
This project is made possible thanks to funding by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) and The Ian Potter Foundation.