Our mission is to guide people’s choices to access assistive technology
and services for independence and wellbeing.
Welcome to our ILCWA Country Services Newsletter
Can you believe it is October already? As I’m sure you all know, it has been an incredibly busy ¾ of the year; our country services therapists have been inundated with enthusiastic visitors to equipment setups and information sessions along their WA journey … and it’s not over yet! We have jam-packed the remainder of the year with even more trips- read on to see when we will be in your area. Just missed our visit? Did you know you can call, skype, videoconference, email, carrier pigeon (well maybe not carrier pigeon, but you get the idea) our therapy team throughout the year?
What’s in store for this issue? Read on to find out what is happening in your area, as well as information on new paediatric equipment: Leckey Firefly Scooot, update to the GoTo Seat and did someone say a folding tilt in space paediatric wheelchair?? Oh ‘Flip’! Plus you will find out about an exciting newly released application which will make gathering information on equipment even more fun and personable. Phew!
Paul's Story - Getting the most out of life with assistive equipment
(Click on the picture to play the video)
Paul’s story demonstrates how he gets the most out of life with the use of assistive equipment. Paul and his wife Paula live on a five acre property with three horses, three dogs and their daughter Brenna. Paul, a father, husband and retired Country Ambulance Services Manager, has paraplegia, a condition which restricts his ability to move his legs. Through the use of assistive equipment specifically prescribed for him, including a wheelchair and scooter, Paul is able to participate in life and his community the way he wants to.
Meet the Country Services South West Team
Jessica joined the ILC in 2015 after relocating to the South West from Perth. Jessica worked in community disability in Perth for over five years, with the majority of her experience being in providing equipment, assistive technology and home modifications to people of all ages and abilities.
Jessica is passionate about assisting people to live full and meaningful lives. Jessica is building the ILC service in the South West and is excited to see the service grow and develop to support people in this region. Watch this space!
Hello! My name is Lynda Quigley, and I am an occupational therapist here at the Independent Living Centre, and I share the South West country portfolio with Jess Mahon. I have worked at the ILC since May of this year and have to say that it is a great environment to work in, with supportive colleagues and a focus on delivering a quality service. I was a mature aged student so have come to the profession of occupational therapy later in life, but believe my life experience and education marry well.
My experience to date has been in vocational rehabilitation and I have enjoyed the majority of my OT experience in a community based position assisting clients with brain tumours and motor neurone disease prior to coming to the ILC. I would frequently use the ILC as a resource when I was based in the community and I was so impressed to learn that the service extends to visiting regions and sharing our resources and expertise with country clients face to face.
Upcoming Trips 2016 / 2017
8th - 17th November
Including the Albany Show on 11th & 12th
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.
Read more from a client who has a severe arthritic condition and has very limited movement which means she is unable to leave her bed.
Did you know?
Did you know you can visit the ILC website for a range of useful resources based on common enquires about the topics of communication; computer access and software; and tablets and smartphones?
These resources are designed to be a starting point when sourcing information on assistive technology. View the resources here.
Stories from the Road
My name is Minna; I’m an Occupational Therapist in the Assistive Technology Services Team. This was my first trip with ILC to the Midwest region. I was very excited to visit this beautiful region and to visit the towns and meet people residing there. It was a jam-packed visit where each day was filled with lots of things from morning to night.
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.
This year we were fortunate enough to be granted money by the ‘Special Aussies Foundation’ to support the purchase of new equipment for the benefit of trial for children with a disability. On display at Nedlands, and available upon request for country trips, we have the Leckey Firefly Scooot.
The Scooot is a mobility rider for children. It has been designed to support children in either two or three modes of ambulation. The two in one model features support to ‘crawl’: on tummy propelling with legs and arms, and ‘scoot’: seated with foot propulsion; and the three in one model has the added benefit of ‘ride’ mode: seated whilst pushing wheels with arms.
The GoTo seat is a lightweight, folding, portable seat that provides postural support for children. It can be used on multiple seating surfaces, including dining chair, child’s swing, and shopping trolley; and now has an optional accessory of a ‘floor sitter’ which enables the child to sit at floor level and play in an upright position.
Huge gratitude goes to Special Aussies for their ongoing support of ILC WA, which has assisted us to further enable children of all abilities in WA through the addition of products to the ILC WA display floor and hire department.
Little Wave Flip
This is a scripted paediatric manual wheelchair that has been crash tested, features tilt in space AND the ability to fold. Available in a range of colours, and with adjustability in seat height, depth and width. The weight without the wheels or footrests is less than 10kg.
Did you know?
These items, and many others are on display at ILC WA, based in Nedlands.
We may have the capacity to bring these on our country trips out to you as well?
If you are curious, and would like to know when one of our therapists will be in your area, please contact ILC WA on 9381 0600.
Equip yourself with the Equip Myself app
Available now on the App Store and Google Play
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 Play and Google PlayTM now. Download it now on your tablet device.
To find out what's happening in your area select the region from the list below: