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New global app to empower people with cerebral palsy

A new app, created by the US Cerebral Palsy Foundation, was released for World Cerebral Palsy Day. The app contains nearly 100 videos and is a collaboration from world experts on cerebral palsy (CP) and key disability advocates. It was built on the Foundation’s video library and features subjects including brain injury and considerations about […]

Speech Pathology driving terminology campaign for DLD

Speech Pathology launches campaign to raise awareness on Developmental Language Disorder (DLD). The campaign will introduce new terminology  it hopes will end confusion over the condition which is understood to affect, on average, two children in every classroom. DLD causes difficulties with speech, language understanding, communication and reading with an associated high risk of dyslexia. The […]

Giveaway winner for NDIS-approved Dragon Pro

Congratulations to Mariyana Jozic, the winner of our Dragon Pro for Mac voice recognition software competition. The software solution, which has just gained provider approval from the NDIS, allows those with dyslexia, dyspraxia, low vision, multiple sclerosis, and mobility or dexterity impediments turn thoughts into written words simply by speaking, focusing on the content of documents […]

Hear this – new provider for hearing services

Federal Government announces new clinics offering hearing checks and affordable hearing aids. SpecSavers Audiology has been accredited through the Federal Government’s hearing services program which supports people with a range of fully or partially subsidised services. The services include hearing assessments, advice and support and assistance with fitting the appropriate hearing aids. Minister for Aged […]

Carers take to online support service

A national online and telephone support service for carers is proving popular. The Carers Gateway was launched in late 2015 to provide assistance to Australia’s 2.7 million carers and is now averaging 800 calls for help every month. Designed as a one-stop-shop for time-poor carers it offers advice and information on counselling, respite and access to […]

ATSA Expos 2018: Call for papers

ATSA is taking submissions for the Independent Living Expos in Melbourne and Perth in 2018. Presentations are part of the comprehensive conference program with sessions that will cover the latest technologies, research, product development and issues relating to the disability and rehabilitation sectors.  The most successful presentations are those that focus on case studies as […]

PRODUCT RECALL: Freedom Healthcare Quad walkers

Freedom Healthcare, in consultation with the TGA, is recalling two models from its Quad walkers range.  The affected model numbers, BRO209 (pictured) and BRO199 have the potential for injury as a result of breakage. It has been reported that in some instances the right front wheel of walkers from these batches has worked loose, or broken away from the […]

Parallel Parks – a Virtual reality for people with disability

Parallel Parks, Australia’s first Virtual reality (VR) project went live in Martin Place Sydney recently. The project will enable people with disability and those with mobility issues, to access previously inaccessible parts of our national parks including the Great Barrier Reef, Kangaroo Island, the Murray River and Uluru. An initiative of social enterprise New Horizons […]

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New $10 banknote now in circulation

The new $10 banknote has been launched and includes a tactile feature to assist the vision-impaired.  As well as being more secure, the new design retains images of Dame Mary Gilmore and Banjo Patterson, is the same size and uses the same colour palette as the existing $10 banknote. Security against counterfeiting features on the […]

TAFE Expo pulls in the Sunshine Coast crowd

The annual TAFE Disability and Lifestyle Expo is getting more popular each year. Held recently at Mooloolaba TAFE on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, the expo has been an important event for 18 years and a key date on the local calendar. This year over 800 people attended, including stall holders, service providers, students and […]