Independent Living Centre WA – Blog

Access All Areas

By Brooke Franklin Automatic doors, no longer only seen in shopping malls and fancy buildings. The technology has dropped in price considerably over the last few years and we’re starting to see them in more and more residential properties, especially where the primary user cannot easily open or close the door. This can be for […]

Life as a family of four on the autism spectrum

This month for AT Chat we invited the Bolger family from the AAA project to write about their experiences with AT and autism. It’s a sensory world Life as a family of four on the autism spectrum One of the greatest challenges of being a neurodiverse family, living in a neurotypical world, is the differences […]

Getting Started with Home Automation

To some people with disabilities, home automation is a brave new world with endless opportunities for independence and control over their environment. For others, it’s overwhelming with the vast amount of products to choose from, and everything that comes with it – how to use it, install it, integrate them. Personally, I’m a bit from […]

Sex Aids in the spotlight

ILC Occupational Therapist Simone Collins said it was not uncommon for people visiting the ILC to ask questions about sexual issues that come with ageing and seek help with solutions. Speaking to Neale Prior for the ‘Your Money’ lift-out in The West Australian recently this article highlights that sex is part of an overall human […]

Presents for the tech lovers in your family

Stuck on Christmas ideas and can’t handle buying another candle? With the number of gadgets available these days, it can be confusing to decide which to buy. Our tech savvy team here at the ILC WA have put our heads together and made a shopping list just for you. Whether you’ve got a family member […]

Communication support helps students get work ready

We know communication skills are important for all of us in the workplace. But what if you aren’t able to use speech to communicate or your speech is difficult for others to understand, will that limit your ability to work? People with complex communication needs may use a range of methods to communicate including signs, […]

Helping to create communication accessible communities

The Independent Living Centre WA would like to wish everyone a happy Speech Pathology Week for 2017! This year’s theme is ‘Communication access: Everyone gets the message!’ Communication access is about creating a world where people with complex communication needs can communicate successfully with everyone, a world where everyone gets the message! Speech Pathology Australia […]

Keeping up with Emerging Assistive Technology

The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines Assistive Technology (AT) as “an umbrella term for 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.”  This definition recognises that assistive technology is any aid, device, program, or […]