Independent Living Centre WA – Blog

Assistive Technology Supports Paralympian, Sarah, to Live Life 

Sarah Vinci (28) is excited. She just opened the email confirming her new titanium basketball wheelchair, through her NDIS Plan, is due to arrive any day. Now the most senior member of the Australian Gliders, and Paralympian, this is great news. Sarah played several sports when she was young, but in 1998 when a friend […]

ILC talks all things AT

A few weeks ago, we were happy to have the opportunity to speak with Kerry Scott of Radio Fremantle about the services ILC offers and how we can assist people. Thank you to ATS Coordinator, Lynda Quigley who was a fabulous interviewee and great advocate for us. If you missed it live you can listen […]

The Importance of Reablement

I often get asked what is reablement and why is it important? A 2015 survey conducted in the United Kingdom found that older people feared losing their independence more than death.  “I don’t fear death, getting old comes slowly, what I fear is becoming dependent on others and losing control. I fear losing control, my […]

Kayl Shares his Favourite AT and Life Hack

Kayl Jeffery spoke with us about how the Independent Living Centre WA (ILC) assisted him with his assistive technology requirements through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). ILC Occupational Therapist, Cheryl Loo visited Kayl in 2018 to assess his goals, and review his current equipment:  “Kayl’s goals were to remain safe and comfortable in his […]

Alinker helps Jean keep rolling and moving!

I first saw the Alinker walking bike on-line and just knew I had to trial it.  I got my chance after contacting the Care Kiosk in NSW who sent it to the Independent Living Centre WA (ILC WA) in Nedlands who helped make it happen.   When the day finally came to trialing the Alinker, […]

Communication that Breaks Down Barriers

Our Speech Pathology team offers communication device hire, services for schools and augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) training.  ILC’s team members are experienced and skilled in AAC options and we can assist people in achieving their communication goals. You can contact us by phone, email, have an appointment in person or by video conference. Call […]

Creating my own custom AT

AT Chat interviews and explores the benefits, process and barriers to customising assistive technology (AT) with expert AT user Ricky Buchanan.  Ricky has been customising AT for many years including adapting a drumstick and an over the head mounted computer screen.  Can you tell us why you have customised so much AT? What’s the advantages […]

Come Design with Me

Co-design is something that we hear a lot about these days but what exactly is it? Co-design is one of many terms that describe several design techniques used mostly within the public sector. You may also hear terms such as Participatory design, Co-creation and Open design. The blanket term of Universal design is also incorrectly […]