For the very first time in its 20-year history, Australia's largest assistive technology and disability event, the ATSA Independent Living Expo, will take place in Canberra next week at the National Convention Centre, Canberra.
Taking place alongside iCREATe Conference on Tuesday, August 27 and Wednesday, August 28, the ATSA Independent Living Expo has become the most influential event on the disability calendar when it comes to assistive technology.
The role of assistive technology is growing in Australia. Assistive technology is assistive, adaptive and rehabilitative devices for people with disabilities or the elderly population.
Initially it started off with mobility and lifting devices but now includes anything that offers greater independence to the individual, keeps them safer and also contributes to making the carer's role easier.
Families, carers and healthcare professionals are making decisions every day. So when it comes to choosing innovative solutions that will impact on the wellbeing and independence for people wanting to stay in their homes, assistive technologies is where it begins.
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The ATSA Independent Living Expo is free to attend and offers the largest display of assistive technology in Australia.
The event has grown to be a focal point for the disability industry, attracting not only allied health professionals, occupational therapists and consumers, but also distributors and suppliers.
With 50 exhibitors already confirmed for this year's inaugural show from global brands to local innovations including the Specialised Wheelchair Company, Magic Mobility, Freedom Motors, Variety NSW, iSCREAM Travel, The Good Meal Company and ACT Deafness Resource Centre, the ATSA Independent Living Expo is sure to deliver when it comes to helping people with disability stay connected.
A key feature of the event is the free seminar program, which features a line-up of industry experts and professionals, including Dr Lloyd Walker, director of Assistive Technology at the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), Occupational Therapy Australia and Chris Sparks OAM, president of the Physical Disability Council NSW.
Australian not-for-profit organisation Dance Health Alliance (DHA), which facilitates dance programs specifically for people with disability to improve quality of life, help restore body and mind balance and combat ill health, is also set to appear at the first Canberra ATSA Independent Living Expo.
To register to attend the first Canberra ATSA Independent Living Expo, visit atsaindependentlivingexpo.com.au/register.
Get in and register early! Those who register before the show receive a free coffee voucher to use at the event!