Perth’s first ATSA Independent Living Expo exceeds expectations

People standing in front of the ILC stand and talking to staffHeld for the first time in Perth at the Claremont Showground on 30 and 31 May, the ATSA Independent Living Expo exceeded expectations.

More than 850 visitors attended the Expo to view a range of assistive equipment and technology on display by over 70 exhibitors and to attend the interesting and engaging conference programme sessions.

The ILC was proud to have our health professionals deliver presentations on our Making Choices, Finding Solutions consumer resource; Communication Technologies of Now; and My Tech: The Future and Reality of Technology in the Home.

AT Chat team members Danielle Loizou-Lake and Jocelyn Franciscus also attracted a full room of people to their seminar, which focused on the peer led disability group AT Chat, a new initiative demonstrating the potential of peer-led information sharing around assistive technology (AT). Launched in collaboration with the ILC, the initiative is changing the way people with disability access advice and information on AT.

Image of visitors to the ATSA expo talking to ILC staff at their stall and visiting other stall holdersILC Chief Executive Officer Steve Glew said the first ATSA Expo in Perth exceeded expectations from many perspectives.

“Having such a vast range of both high and low level assistive technology under one roof, as well as an informative and engaging conference programme, meant there was something for everyone at the Expo.

“This was demonstrated by the high number of attendees at the event, who included a mix of allied health professionals, students, people with disability, older people, their family members and carers.

“We received a lot of positive feedback over the two days, ranging from how amazing it was to have the event in WA, to how great it was to have such choice under one roof.

ILC staff member speaking with lady seated in a wheelchair. They are in front of a range of assistive technology on display“At the end of the day, this event is about people and about supporting people of all ages and abilities to be able to live independently, safely and well.

“If the event has enabled people to be better informed about the range of assistive technology, equipment and services that are available to help them achieve this, then in my eyes, the event has been successful.

“I would like to congratulate ATSA on the success of the Expo. The ILC is proud to have been the principal supporter of this event.”

You can check out all the highlights from the Perth show on video here, courtesy of the AT Chat team.

Or check out this great blog ‘ATSA Lot of Tech!’ by Martin, an attendee to the Expo.

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