Tech company changing the lives of people with disability

New technology is helping people living with severe disabilities to communicate and take back some control of their lives by using their thoughts and neural signs via computers. Former CNN news anchor Peter Ford, through his inspiration with Stephen Hawking and his fascination with coding, founded the company Control Bionics, giving control back to and opening up communication to hundreds of people. And they want to help more.

Making better disability tech

Whether permanent, temporary or as result of age, millions of Australians will experience a form of disability. How do we make tech more inclusive? Meet some of the innovators with lived experience of disability driving tech innovation in Australia.

Commonwealth Ombudsman says National Disability Insurance Agency needs significant change if it is to stop delays

The report, released this week by Ombudsman Michael Manthorpe, focuses on the agency’s handling of requests for assistive technologies and is part of several reviews by the Ombudsman into the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Since the NDIS was rolled out in 2013, the number of complaints about the agency received by the Commonwealth Ombudsman has increased each year.

NDIS claims tender: Will government back local tech?

A group of local fintechs is preparing to line-up against global technology giants and big banks in a beauty parade for the federal government’s new digital claims and payments system for the $20 billion-plus National Disability Insurance Scheme.

NDIS to move to real-time claims, support payments

The National Disability Insurance Agency is preparing to develop a solution that will bring real-time claims lodgement and payments to the National Disability Insurance Scheme for the first time.

Bushfire support comes for people with disability

An Australian charity has launched a bushfire relief website to help people with disability get much-needed equipment during times of crisis. IDEAS’ eBility Bushfire Relief website aims to provide essential resources for Australians with disability who are starting to recover from the bushfires, especially in areas where NDIS support is not available.

Australian gov’t grants drive raft of start-ups for disabled

The Australian government’s $15bn scheme for people with disabilities has resulted in a flurry of hi-tech products for the sector. And the recipients say these grants have empowered them to invent and tailor-make the services and apps they need.

Why much of the internet is closed off to blind people

As our everyday world moves increasingly online, the digital landscape presents new challenges for ensuring accessibility for the blind. A recent court challenge against Domino’s pizza may be a watershed case guiding the rights of disabled people on the internet. 

‘No-go areas’: The quest for disability access to Australia’s beaches

A device inspired by the ability of geckos to stick to almost any surface could make Australia’s beaches more accessible for the disabled. The company took out the Next Gen category Award at Australia’s Good Design Awards on Thursday night. Mr Tilley said Australia’s start-up culture was focused more on software design or tech and could do more for the disabled population.

ABI Wise App

This App is for mobile devices and contains heaps of information about how to live well with your brain injury or stroke. It features weekly tips, from people who know best, on how make your brain injury work for you, not against you. There are also personal stories of ABI (Acquired Brain Injury), guided meditations, important ABI dates and useful contacts and organisations.

Call for Challenges – TOM: Makeathon 2019

Closing date: March 8, 2019

This is a call for individuals living with a disability, support workers, family members, allied health professionals, anyone with an intimate understanding of a neglected challenge to submit a challenge that they face on a daily basis. They will be connected with teams of Makers that will develop a solution (prototype) over 3 days at FAB9 on the 24-26th of May.