My Tech is a Disability Services Commission funded project administered by ILC WA. My Tech is designed to connect people to emerging assistive technology. Items covered under this project include, but are not limited to, environmental controls (appliances such as TVs, DVDs and music) and telecare and simple communication devices such as mobile and landline phones, personal alarms, GPS devices and computer access equipment.
Who is Eligible?
Individuals referred to the project must meet the following criteria:
– Have a permanent or long term disability
– Be aged under 65 years
– Be legally entitled to permanently reside in Australia and permanently reside in Western Australia
– Not be part of a similar project or in a National Disability Insurance Scheme trial site.
How are People Referred?
Referrals can be made using the My Tech referral form and completed by the individual or someone else on their behalf. There will be a staged intake of participants who, once accepted, will be supported through the following stages by an Independent Living Centre therapist.My Tech Referral Form
My Tech Client Experience
Moana lives at home with his family and uses a power wheelchair for mobility. Access to the house, controlling the lights as well as making and answering calls were tasks that Moana had difficulty doing by himself. As these activities happen daily it was important to find a way that Moana could enter and leave the house independently, control his home environment and make calls. After trialing different options and consulting with different government funding bodies it was agreed that the light switches would be lowered and replaced as well as an automatic front door installation. Additional funding was received through grants to purchase a switch adapted landline phone, wireless switch and a smartphone with mount attachments for his powered wheelchair. These changes made it possible for Moana to leave the house by himself and gave a feeling of security that if he needed assistance he could contact help.