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Re-conceptualizing disability and assistive technology : Australian consumers driving policy change

Layton, Natasha and Wilson, Erin 2009, Re-conceptualizing disability and assistive technology : Australian consumers driving policy change, Technology and disability, vol. 21, no. 4, pp. 135-141, doi: 10.3233/TAD-2009-0289.

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Title Re-conceptualizing disability and assistive technology : Australian consumers driving policy change
Author(s) Layton, Natasha
Wilson, ErinORCID iD for Wilson, Erin orcid.org/0000-0001-6417-7276
Journal name Technology and disability
Volume number 21
Issue number 4
Start page 135
End page 141
Total pages 6
Publisher IOS Press
Place of publication [Amsterdam, The Netherlands]
Publication date 2009
ISSN 1055-4181
1878-643X
Keyword(s) assistive technology
outcomes
life domains
policy
funding
impairment
Summary For people living with a disability, enablers such as assistive technologies, environmental modifications and personal care can make the difference between living fully and merely existing. This article is written from the standpoints of people with disabilities and professionals in one Australian State who found their government and service system to be a constraining rather than an enabling force. It presents two key components of policy and practice change in the area of assistive technology: challenging understandings of disability, assistive technology, and the desired life outcomes that assistive technology contributes to; and building a public evidence base through consumer-focussed research. In short, government funding of assistive technology needs to move beyond a limited focus on functional needs and take responsibility for fully equipping people to live the lives they aspire to.
Language eng
DOI 10.3233/TAD-2009-0289
Field of Research 111703 Care for Disabled
Socio Economic Objective 920204 Evaluation of Health Outcomes
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2009, IOS Press and the authors. All rights reserved
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