Reaching potential with assistive technology

In this edition of Spinal WA eNews,


Exploring assistive technology and the NDIS

Under the NDIS, Assistive Technology (or AT), as defined by the World Health Organisation, is ‘any device or system that allows individuals to perform tasks they would otherwise be unable to do or increases the ease and safety with which tasks can be performed.'

Through equipment, devices or systems, AT helps and supports a person with a disability to reach their potential at home, in the community or workplace, such as communicating with other people, processing information and performing other daily tasks.

As a form of support, AT may be included in your NDIS plan if it is reasonable and necessary to meet your needs and help you pursue your goals. 

The process you will follow to access AT in your NDIS plan will depend on:

  • your specific AT needs
  • the complexity of your AT needs
  • how you choose to manage your AT budget
Depending on the risks associated with your disability or the environment where you need to use it, choosing the appropriate item of AT may be complex. There are various people and organisations who can help you find the right AT solution such as an AT Assessor. An AT Assessor can evaluate your specific needs and environment and help identify the most appropriate technology for you based on this and the complexity of your situation. You can search for AT Assessors through the NDIS Myplace participant portal or other provider registers.

For more information on AT and NDIS, click here. If you have questions relating to assistive technology, you can e-mail your local area at

AT Chat

Led by a team of people with disabilities and using the principles of co-design, AT Chat aims to create better pathways for people to find information about AT (assistive technology).  AT Chat involves peer-to-peer conversations to share experiences and knowledge about AT in Australia, whether it be equipment, aids or gadgets to promote better independence and function.

Designed for AT users by AT users, AT Chat can guide and keep you in the loop on what's new in AT through social media, educational sessions, toolkits and resources. AT Chat draws on a wealth of information through their collaboration with the Independent Living Centre WA.

Follow AT Chat today on  Facebook and Instagram and be part of the AT Chat story, or simply chat about all things AT! 

Check out the video above to find out more about AT Chat!

The future of AT: Know when to go with Uri-Go

Five and a half years ago, Mike Brown broke his back, leaving him paralysed from the waist down and unable to sense the fullness of his bladder or control the voiding process. Brown decided to tackle this issue, which is faced by millions of people worldwide, by teaming up with tech developer Brendon Hale and Urologist Dr Frank Kueppers to devise a credible solution to this problem - Uri-Go. Uri-Go is a slim, discreet, lightweight wearable bladder sensor that gives users the certainty of knowing when to 'go' or empty the bladder.

Uri-Go will not only take the guesswork and anxiety out of not being able to detect bladder fullness, but it will also help prevent medical issues such as urinary tract infections (UTIs), which can progress to kidney and bladder problems, sepsis (a bloodstream infection), and in rare cases, kidney failure.

Follow the link here to sign up for updates on the Uri-Go.

URIGO Vodafone xone 2018
Click on the video above to learn more about Uri-Go and the story behind Uri-Go!

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