December saw Occupational Therapists Lauren Farrell and Jessica Rigden and Business Services Manager Annette Frazer become the 2014 recipients of an ILC staff scholarship – a program which aims to provide employees with the opportunity to develop in an area that will enable them to further support people with a disability, the frail aged, their carers and families.
Lauren’s scholarship will enable her to undertake further training in home modifications and to attend livable housing workshops.
“Seeing the difference an accessible and interactive environment can make in the lives of my friends, family and clients has instilled an interest to learn more about the processes and skills involved.
“Through further training I aim to be able to better identify access issues for clients in their home environment; be able to recommend appropriate assistive equipment for home modification; and be more informed about home modifications and universal design principles,” said Lauren.
As an occupational therapist in the ILC Technology team, Jessica’s role is to provide specialised information and advice on high tech assistive technology such as alternative computer access, eye gaze technology, mounting and environmental control. Through Jessica’s scholarship her aim is to develop her knowledge and skills around smart home technology in order to support people’s goals of independence in the home.
“Smart home technology or home automation has the potential to assist people to remain independent in their home. As well as controlling simple appliances and televisions and radios, it can also control door opening, lights and climate, for example.
“With the advance of Z Wave and integrated Apple and Android technology, smart home technology is becoming more affordable; and it is important for the ILC to have knowledge of smart home products to be able to provide unbiased and specialised advice to suit individuals with a range of abilities and needs,” said Jessica.
Annette’s scholarship will enable her to increase her knowledge in the leadership and management arena. An executive level learning course will provide Annette with the opportunity to increase her skills and performance in her areas of responsibility within the organisation, including the business development, human resources, information and communication technology and finance areas.
ILC Executive Director Gerri Clay congratulated the scholarship recipients. “The Independent Living Centre is committed to providing employees with ongoing and interactive learning opportunities that will enhance their development.
“The training that Lauren, Jessica and Annette propose to undertake will not only be a great asset to their future practice, but it will also benefit the ILC and the people we provide a service for, which is why they are all great candidates for the scholarship,” said Ms Clay.
Photo: ILC Board Members Irene Mooney and Val McKelvey were pleased to present the ILC Scholarships to Lauren, Annette and Jessica (recipients left to right)