Independent Living Centre WA – Blog

Accessible Eco Straws

By Karen Austin The humble drinking straw has been causing quite a stir in the last few months with conversations mostly focusing on the impact “single use plastic straws” or SUPS are having on the environment. There is no denying the negative impact that SUPS have had on the environment to date with The National […]

Japan Access and Assistive Technology (Part 2)

We are back with Part 2 to share our insights into ability-specific access when in Japan. Co-written by Jackie O’Sullivan and Jos Franciscus. Vision Impaired Access JF: There are many (in fact the most I’ve ever seen in one city!) tactile tiles all over most footpaths and many buildings. The further out from Tokyo, the […]

Japan Access and Assistive Technology (Part 1)

Last month we (Jackie O’Sullivan and Jos Franciscus) both visited Japan on our own respective family holidays and took special note of the access and the AT available and that you might need. We both come from a wheelchair user perspective, however have investigated accessibility for people of different abilities too, we hope you enjoy […]

How ILC OT Nicola helped Jenny rebuild her independence

Jenny has written about her experience with the Independent Living Centre WA below, recounting how Occupational Therapist Nicola has supported her to make such a positive difference in her every day life. I recently moved to Perth to be closer to my family, and whilst the move has been great from a personal point of […]

Support for Disabled Parents to Be

A Bar Ilan University study determined that children of parents with a disability tend to be more empathetic than children with non-disabled parents. Even with that wonderful quality instilled in their children, it can be difficult for those with disabilities to know if starting a family is the right choice. If you and your partner […]

Occupational therapy support enables Barbara to stay where she loves, her home

Barbara Reeve lives at home with her husband on a beautiful block in the south of Perth. One of her passions is pottery, so much so that she has her own pottery shed in the backyard so she can practise her art whenever she likes. Barbara also enjoys cooking, playing mahjong and gardening. For Barbara, […]

ATSA Lot of Tech!

The Assistive Technology Suppliers Australiasia Independent Living Expo Perth 2018 Whether it be high tech or low tech ATSA had a wide variety of Assistive Technology solutions on show at the inaugural ATSA Independent living Expo here in Perth and I was lucky enough to check it out. I could write everything that was on […]

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 […]