Could AI help make the law more accessible for disabled people?

We all enjoy legal rights, including the right to live free from discrimination. But how easy is it to use the law to uphold those rights?  Could ‘chatbots’, a form of artificial intelligence technology, help make the legal system more accessible for people living with disabilities?  

NDIS tech still in ‘infancy’, nearly 10 years later

“The NDIA should be a model employee for people with disability but many staff continue to experience added pressures, particularly in relation to assistive technology, and the NDIA refuses to make adjustments to KPIs to acknowledge the extra time it takes to use these technologies,” Ms Vincent-Pietsch said.

NDIS users call for overhaul of ‘traumatic’ process amid reviews

Ms Mitchell recently needed urgent renovations to her bathroom at their home in Toowomba to make it safe for Joshy as his mobility declines, but chose to dip into her superannuation rather than apply for funding.  “We signed up for help, not to be constantly fighting,” she said.

Putting the $4b ‘Assistive Tech’ market at risk

So given the massive size of the AT market and the transformative impact of AT on jobs, the lack of analysis regarding AT by the NDIA is concerning. Deep analysis and future casting is urgently needed, to provide essential insight on the shifts and possible futures of the AT and innovation industry. Without this, of what use is financial forecasting on Scheme sustainability? And without this, how will “market thinness” into the future be understood?

Human Rights Commission asks NDIS to remember robo-debt in automation push

Australian Human Rights Commissioner has cautioned the use of artificial intelligence in government decision-making, asking it ensure the algorithm is fair, accurate, and accountable. Santow said if an algorithm was used to make those crucial decisions at the NDIS, then the government needed to be very confident in the quality of the information being fed into the system and make sure it would be accurate, contain no errors, and be bias-free.

Human Rights and Technology Final Report (2021)

This report is the culmination of a three-year national investigation into human rights risks posed by new and emerging technologies, including artificial intelligence. It reflects the Commission’s extensive public consultation regarding the impact of new technologies and contains 38 recommendations.

Disability advocates say we need Assistive Technology for All

Millions of older Australians with disability who are not eligible for the National Disability Insurance Scheme are struggling to access vital assistive technology such as wheelchairs and ramps, prompting advocates to call for a national program.

‘Citizen-centric’ demolished by NDIS algorithms

The theatre of citizen-centric has now run its course. And in the year 2021, citizen-centric has been replaced by the ungoverned rise of machine-centric algorithms. Last week under questioning at the Joint Standing Committee on the NDIS Inquiry into Independent Assessments, the NDIA revealed for the first time the architecture of the algorithms to be used in robo-planning.

Govt spending $250,000 each month on NDIS app

Questions have also been raised over the need for the My NDIS app, which will provide in an app what is currently available to NDIS participants through the web browser, with the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) unable to say how many, if any, people asked for the service.

How Blind Users Experience Instagram

While marketers and content creators routinely debate and swap advice on if, when and how to use these practices, a disabled person can’t choose if, when and how to be disabled. For them, digital accessibility is a full time, lived experience.

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.