Miss Cheryl Lockwood

Technology for Independence
Cheryl Lockwood
Manager Assistive Technology
Assistive Technology
Emerging Technologies
Environmental Control Units (ECUs)
What can be control by ECUs?
Environmental control technologies.
Z-wave
Wi-Fi
Infra Red
Bluetooth
Access Methods
• ECUs have a range of access options
– Direct Access – using regular controls
– Switch Access – attaching switch to device
– Voice – smart TVs, smart phones, computers
– Eye gaze – computers, Tobi communication
– Integrated wheelchair controller
Tablet/ Smartphone Access
• Allows users with
smart device to
access their
environment.
• Usually requires
communication
pathways – WiFi,
Bluetooth connection.
Switch Access
Switch Scanning
Access
• Scan pattern
• Scan speed
• Multiple switches
Access through Integrated powered
wheelchair controller
• With built in Bluetooth
and infrared functions
that allows the user to
control computer, TV
& etc.
Technology for Living Project
A combined Rocky Bay and Ability Centre project
• Looks at existing skills
• Uses technology as a bridge between the level of
function you have and the activity you want to
achieve
Contact Anna Urbanovicz:
[email protected] or 6399 4107
http://www.rockybay.org.au/service/advancedtechnology-solutions/
NDIS / My Way
Funding for Technology
• You don’t need to know what technology you
require - you just need a goal (planning
stage)
• Identify what tasks you currently have to seek
assistance with e.g. turning on the lights
• Prioritise which are the most important now
• Once the goal is in your plan, you can
approach a service provider to find a solution
• The service provider assesses and makes
recommendations to NDIS or My Way with
quotes for funding
Any questions?
Cheryl Lockwood
[email protected]
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