Whether you are already a user of assistive technology (AT) or looking to purchase a new AT product or service, it makes sense to visit the ATSA Independent Living Expo in Melbourne on 16-17 May or in Perth on 30-31 May.

The expo is designed to cater to anyone interested in AT providers, products and services, as it brings together more than 200 AT providers and suppliers in total at both events to showcase the latest equipment and services for the disability sector.

Visitors will hear free seminars from local and international industry experts, have access to AT information and get technical know-how.

From seminars focused on equipment solutions, animal assisted therapy, smart AT, sexual expression, gait training, seating and positioning, manual versus power chairs and more, there will be educational opportunities galore.

One of the speakers at the Perth expo is occupational therapist, Narelle Higson, who takes a relaxed approach to sexual expression and intimacy in her ‘beginner’s guide’ presentation. She told F2L one of the main reasons given by health professionals for not addressing sexual expression as part of practice, is uncertainty about what to offer when the topic is raised. “This presentation will encourage the attendee to think more broadly about resources that may assist, both inside and outside their work setting.”

Higson said AT to support sexual expression comes in many forms. Her session will provide an overview of options that may be readily available in the person’s home, or supermarket, right through to purposefully designed equipment, “with a quick peek at what the future might offer”, she said. “Any challenges with mobility, pain or fatigue has the potential to impact on how we engage with others in a meaningful way.”

Expo admission is free to therapists, the general public, end users and ATSA members. Those who pre-register for the show also receive a free coffee voucher, parking and a conference program.

To register for the show, visit www.atsaindependentlivingexpo.com.au