Tristram Peters is a writer, editor, and disability advocate with a keen passion for sport. He recently represented Australia at the powerchair football world cup and sits on the sport’s executive board for the Asia Pacific Oceania zone.

When I was four, I received my first wheelchair, a shiny red ‘rollerchair’ that I (strangely) called Jack. Having never walked, the chair was my first move towards independence, with my newfound mobility allowing me to play with mates and explore my small slice of the world.

Technology has come a long way since humble Jack, with continued innovation meaning I can do more and more and more. I can modify my home with space-age doors straight out of Star Wars, equip my chair with cup holders and lights, or manage my NDIS plan via an app.

Throughout our blog series, we’ve even explored the difference that technology can make in people’s lives, including here, here and here!

But how do you find these inventions? Well, obvs, that’s why we’re here! This guide reveals all the secrets to technology, including home modifications, equipment and software. Read on to learn all about the futuristic technologies that are already at your fingertips.

Equipment

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Sometimes, the smallest piece of equipment can make the biggest difference. (Don’t get me started about my telescopic head scratcher.) Thankfully, equipment solutions are becoming more prevalent – with an emphasis on what you need.

For example, Quad Quip Solutions designs and manufactures equipment to help all facets of life, from your workplace to your home. They also do automotive work!

You can also explore Engage Disability Solutions, who develop assistive technology and environmental control solutions, as well as communication solutions. They can even develop new, tailor-made technologies, if a simple adjustment won’t suffice.

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Home modifications

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Many of the companies above also specialise in home modifications, making those small adjustments that make your home a more accessible place. (Space-age doors, right?) But there’s also a couple more…

Frank Jones has been designing home access modifications for the past 15 years. As a registered architect, he’ll work with you and your family to determine your specific needs. (Please note he’s in Victoria!)

If you’re in NSW, you can also look at Ramsay Professional Services, who offer home modifications to help people with severe illness, injury and permanent disability achieve their goals for independence.

Software and apps

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How can we talk about assistive technologies without delving into the interwebs? Undoubtedly, through the internet and various applications, people with disability have a whole array of different tools to assist that leap towards greater independence.

Look at Plan Tracker. It allows you to take control of your self-managed NDIS plan, so that you can track your spending, see what’s been claimed and gain one-to-one training.

If you’re seeking assistance to coordinate your disability support and care, you can look at sameview. Although their app is still in development, they’re looking for early adopters to help shape the app!

Mind of My Own also offers apps that young people can use to help tell their carers what they want, where they feel safe and more.

Another handy business to explore is Hireup, which offers an easy alternative for Australians with disability to find, hire and manage their own support workers.

And lastly (shameless plug…), don’t forget Clickability!

The next big thing?

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Technologies are moving at a rapid pace, so fast that it’s often hard to keep up. But with each new technology, more avenues are opened up to people with disability. I’m just waiting on that biomech suit.

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