Assistive technology



Co-designing a peer support platform for people with low vision and blindness

This report evaluates the design and development of a prototype Peer Support Platform that aimed to address the information, linkages and capacity (ILC) building needs of people with low vision and blindness.

Automated legal guidance at federal agencies: report for the Administrative Conference of the United States

When individuals have questions about federal benefits, services, and legal rules, they are increasingly seeking help from government chatbots, virtual assistants, and other automated tools. This report describes the results of a qualitative study of automated legal guidance across the US Federal government, which included...

Impacts of new and emerging assistive technologies for ageing and disabled housing

This research looks at how smart home assistive technologies (AT) may be best used in both the aged care and disability sectors to reduce the need for support services. It includes an assessment of ease of use, quality-of-life and cost benefit analysis, and contributes to...
Working paper

New economics of assistive technology: a call for a missions approach

The aim of this paper is to propose a model beyond the current assistive technology (AT) paradigm, which is often steeped in a market failure rationale. The authors propose a mission-oriented approach to AT which will enable a greater rate of innovation (thus directing and...

Chat with us: how states are using chatbots to respond to the demands of COVID-19

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit the United States in March 2020, states experienced unprecedented surges in online inquiries and transactions. Automation, in the form of chatbots, was quickly developed and deployed to supplement existing human resources. This publication includes state examples, predictions for the future...

MJD Foundation - Groote Eylandt Assistive Technology Feasibility Study

This Groote Eylandt Assistive Technology (AT) Feasibility Study investigated the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) rollout on Groote Eylandt with a view to determining whether there are opportunities for local organisations to build capacity to deliver Assistive Technology (AT) supports funded by the NDIS. AT...
Briefing paper

Developing technology-neutral road rules for driver distraction: issues paper

The National Transport Commission (NTC) is examining the effectiveness of the Australian road rules relating to driver distraction. This issues paper explores the questions around responsibility for driver distractions, technologies that can assist and distract from the driving task, and prescriptive versus performance-based approaches.
Position paper

Assistive technology for older Australians: position paper

This position paper explains the rationale for recommending action on assistive technologies before the finalisation of the NDIS rollout.

Assistive technology for older Australians: rapid evidence review and economic pathway analysis

This research was commissioned by Australia’s National Aged Care Alliance. The rapid evidence review found firm evidence that assistive technology (AT) delivers independence, autonomy, safety and participation.

A robotics roadmap for Australia 2018

Building on Australia’s strengths in robot talent and technologies in niche application areas, this roadmap acts as a guide to how Australia can support a vibrant robotics industry that supports automation across all sectors of the Australian economy.

Review of regulatory telematics

The National Transport Commission (NTC) is set to work with industry to design a best-practice model for regulatory telematics in heavy vehicles to improve safety, productivity and compliance.
Conference proceedings

Design4Health Melbourne 2017

Design4Health is an international conference that brings together designers, health professionals and creative practitioners with researchers, clinicians, policy makers and users from across the world to discuss, disseminate and test their approaches and methods in the ever-changing nexus between design and health.

Internet of Things (IoT): Education and technology

This report details findings of the Curtin University Teaching Innovation funded project Internet of Things (IoT) Education: Implications for Students with Disabilities. This project aimed to provide insight into both the potential risks and benefits of the IoT for tertiary students with disabilities, particularly in...

Automated vehicles

Self-driving cars are the next technological revolution we will face in the future. These vehicles will not only need to ‘see’ the world, but will also need to communicate and work together.

From simple fixes to systemic enablers: the future of digital development

This synthesis paper outlines key lessons from four recent IDS Evidence Reports on the state of digital development and draws out the implications for policymakers and practitioners working in development and humanitarian organisations.

What construction jobs will look like when robots can build things

By 2034/35, almost 20% of Australians (6.2 million) are projected to be aged 65 or over. One sector already feeling the impact of the ageing population is construction. In Queensland, the number of construction workers aged 55 and over increased from 8% of full-time workers...

ARATA’s response to the NDIA’s assistive technology discussion paper

The Australian Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology Association (ARATA) responds to the NDIA’s AT Discussion Paper, and advocates that roles for all stakeholders must be considered.

The head, the heart & the house: health, care and quality of life

This paper recommends a government reimbursement scheme for home retrofits. Executive summary This is a paper about older Australians and their homes. Homes are bricks and mortar and more. What they are and what they represent is not sufficiently captured by the labels “primary residence”...

“It’s helped me connect with more friends”: Supporting social media use to enhance the social networks of young people with disabilities living in rural South Australia

This report investigated the effectiveness of social media training and online mentoring support in building the social networks of young people with disability in rural communities.