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    E-News Issue 12, Spring 2016
Our mission is to guide people’s choices to access assistive technology
and services for independence and wellbeing.
Hal Finkelstein and Freda Jacob seated beside each other under a tree
New Video shows how 97-year-olds live independently at home
The Independent Living Centre WA (ILC) is excited to announce the release of a new short video showing how married 97-year-olds Hal Finkelstein and Freda Jacob, who is the founder of the ILC, continue to live independently at home and in the community. They use a range of assistive equipment to help them with daily tasks. The heartwarming video is well worth a watch and you may pick up some handy ideas or tips for your home or for tasks you are finding more difficult. Watch the video here.

To find out more about the services of the ILC you may also be interested in the video How could Independent Living Centre WA help me?
Hal Finkelstein and Freda Jacob seated beside each other under a tree

Equip yourself with the 'Equip Myself' app - available now from the App store and Google Play now!
If you would like support to identify assistive equipment and technologies that will help you with daily tasks and to achieve your goals, the Equip Myself app is for you.

An initiative of the Independent Living Centre WA, the tablet app released this month on the App Store empowers Australians with disability by supporting them to identify assistive equipment and technology options that may be suitable for them.

Through a virtual world, people can explore assistive equipment and technologies in the environments in which they would be used. They are also able to read real life stories about how people with disability in Western Australia use assistive technology in their lives.

People can use the app as a planning tool, they can create their own profile and share their favourite equipment items with their support team.

The app links to NED, the Independent Living Centres Australia online national equipment database, which contains impartial information about the range of assistive technology (AT) and equipment options available throughout Australia. The database comprises over 11,000 AT products and is an essential tool enabling people with disability to research the best AT solutions available to them nationwide.

The Equip Myself app is free and is available on the App Store and Google PlayTM now!


Noah's Ark Occupational Therapist receives Excellence Award
Congratulations to Shirley McInnes, an Occupational Therapist at Noah’s Ark WA, who was honoured by Developmental Occupational Therapy WA with an award of excellence in paediatric occupational therapy in Western Australia earlier this month.

We asked Noah’s Ark WA Team Leader Susan Glasson why she thinks Shirley is a worthy recipient of this award.

“Shirley has a fabulous manner with children, parents and professionals. She goes above and beyond to share techniques and background information and supports all team members as well as students and volunteers."

Read more about Shirley and Noah's Ark here...


Is it possible to be beyond superhuman?

Presentation inspires vision of potential to be ‘Beyond Superhuman’
The Independent Living Centre WA together with Curtin University recently hosted Biomedical Engineer Dr Jordan Nguyen for our biggest event this year; Beyond Superhuman.

Dr Nguyen visited WA to speak about his purpose to drive human evolution through the design of technologies that are changing the world through supporting disadvantaged people.

Over 100 people attended the inspiring seminar to hear about emerging technology and what this could mean for them in the future.

“There is so much more to offer my son who has Cerebral Palsy and in a wheelchair. To see where the technology is going and how it could help was amazing.” Wayne Bowlden, Family member / Carer.

Read more about Dr Nguyen’s presentation and his work here

Introducing 'Clickability' - an online tool for Rating and Reviews
in the Disability Sector

Image of Clickability logo, blue circle with one pointed end and a star insideWhat is Clickability? Clickability is an Australian disability service directory which features ratings and reviews from the people who actually use the services. It's kind of like Trip Advisor for disability support. Clickability lets you find out about services, share your experiences and connect with others about issues that matter to you.

Whilst Clickability is currently only available to the Victorian community, it is planned to be rolled out to other states in the near future. You can find out more information about Clickability here.
Solutions start with questions
 We don’t know what we don’t know… it’s a common statement that highlights that we all should ask more questions. We often battle on with inconveniences in our lives purely because we don’t know that there is an alternative.

We encourage you to read this great blog article written by a client who has a severe arthritic condition and has very limited movement which means she is unable to leave her bed. If she had not asked for books in large print and instead just accepted that she would no longer be able to read books she never would have discovered the possibilities her iPad now allows.  Read more...
ILC Sparks discussion about AAC in schools at national conference
July saw six health professionals from the Independent Living Centre WA (ILC) travel to the Gold Coast to attend the Australian Assistive Technology Conference (AATC), hosted jointly by ARATA and Occupational Therapy Australia.
 
With a conference theme of “Collaborate, Empower, Transform” ILC attendees took the opportunity to learn from and share their knowledge with colleagues from around Australia.
 
ILC Speech Pathologist Amy Litton presented two papers at AATC - “Empowering Schools to Transform Communication in Their Classrooms” and “A Collaborative Classroom Approach for Transforming Communication”.  Read the full story here. 

ILC Cockburn turns One!

Time flies when you’re having fun. Time also flies when you’re setting up a new Centre. Can you believe it has already been one year since the Independent Living Centre WA opened a new Centre in Cockburn?

Set up like an apartment so people can see, trial and experience assistive equipment, technology and changes to the home in a replica living environment, the Centre has proved to be a popular place to visit.

One feature that has been of interest to many visitors is the smart home technology aspects, which demonstrate an alternative way to control appliances and services in the home. For example, you can switch the lights on simply by walking into a room, change the TV channel with a smart phone, control the blinds via a tablet and see who is at your doorstep and be able to let visitors in with the touch of a button from any room in your home.  Read the full story here...


Disability Services Minister presents $2million Lotterywest certificate for the Disability Equipment Grant Program
Disability Equipment Grant recipient Brian Piggott shared his experiences with Disability Services Minister Donna Faragher this month when she visited the Independent Living Centre WA (ILC) to present a $2,369,652 Lotterywest certificate for the continuation of the grants program.  Read more...


Annual Report out now

The ILC achieved over 45,000 contacts with our customers throughout the last year, with half specifically seeking expert information and advice about assistive equipment and technologies. In addition there were over 100,000 visits to our website. Check out our Annual Report to see how the Independent Living Centre WA makes a difference to the lives of so many people.   Read our Annual Report here...

Wording: Setting a new standard with picutre of screwdriver, hammer and pliers Australian Ageing Agenda - Community Care Review features ILC’s work in the home modifications area
In June 2016 the ILC Home Modifications and Assistive Technology (HM & AT) project team were asked to submit an article for publication in the Australian Ageing Agenda – Community Care Review journal. The team were delighted to see the article titled Setting a New Standard published in the August 2016 edition.

The article describes the undertaking of the Best Practice Scoping Review conducted as a key component of a partnership project between the WA Home and Community Care (WA HACC) Program and the ILC to develop a sustainable HM & AT service delivery model that would improve outcomes for clients.

The article written by Dr Courtenay Harris, School of Occupational Therapy and Social Work at Curtin University, and Hilary O’Connell and Kelly McAuliffe from the ILC, highlighted the considerable benefits of home modifications. These ranged from slowing down the rate of functional decline and reducing symptoms to improving quality of life and social relationships. For care givers benefits included a sense of reduction in concern and improved safety and sense of security.  Read the full story here...
Andrew Browton (ILC OT), Geoff Curtis (Wesbar Vanquip), Simone Robinson (ILC OT) , Zoe and Gary Dunkerley (TL Engineering)
New Horizons for ILC - Introducing our Allied Health Service for WA HACC clients
The ILC is in the process of setting up an Allied Health Service that will support WA HACC clients to live as independently as possible, following success in this year’s WA HACC growth funding round.

The service which will be staffed by occupational therapists, physiotherapists and non-allied health professionals will be operational over the coming months, initially in the north metropolitan region of Perth.

The service model will be underpinned by Wellness and will support clients seeking allied health services through the WA HACC Program to be as independent, healthy, able and active as possible.  Read more here...
Mature lady seated beside a young child with an iPad in front of themRespite for Grandparents who Care
The Independent Living Centre WA’s (ILC) Carer Respite and Support Service and Helping Minds recently came together to provide a series of respite days for grandparents who are raising their grandchildren. 

The group of carers provide full time care to their grandchildren with a disability or mental health condition.  The workshops focused on increasing knowledge and assisting carers to maintain their own mental health and wellbeing and recognising the importance of self-care to reduce the risk of developing their own physical and mental health issues. 

Each workshop was attended by up to 12 carers who learned a range of strategies and techniques.  The art of meditation was extremely popular with some carers reporting that this new skill will assist them to relax and manage the stresses and challenges they face in their caring role.  Information about the range of services and supports offered by the ILC and Helping Minds was also shared.  

Feedback from the carers was extremely positive with many reporting that this type of respite activity helped them to recharge their batteries and provided them with the much needed supports to help them continue in their caring role.

The ILC Carer Respite and Support Service supports carers who live in the north metropolitan region of Perth. Through the Centre, carers can access free and confidential information on the range of services available to them. Further information is available on our website or by calling 1800 052 222.
Rural Ambassador representing the Moora district, Georgia Lawrie and Amanda Hudson holding the award.ILC wins award for best display
Congratulations to our Occupational Therapist Amanda Hudson who came away from her recent country trip to the Wheatbelt with the award for the Best Not-for-Profit Display at the Moora Show. Amanda (right) is pictured with Georgia Lawrie, the 2016 Rural Ambassador representing the Moora district.

Our Country Services Team provides a service for people of all ages and abilities with equipment and technology needs in rural and remote areas of Western Australia. Last year the team undertook 14 trips throughout Western Australia and visited 52 towns. For more information about our country services visit our website...
Vehicle Modifications Information Seminar - Presented by Mobility Engineering
Tuesday 8 November 2016
 
A image of a young child being seated in a child restraint in a car with a ILC OT assistingAre you interested to learn more about vehicle modifications or travelling safely in a vehicle, using standard child restraints where possible?
 
Mobility Engineering are visiting ILC Nedlands to present free sessions on these topics.
 
The seminars are open to all members of the public who have an interest in mobility solutions for the vehicle including occupational therapists, drivers, passengers and service providers.
 
Click here to find out more information about the session topics and times and how to register your attendance.  
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