Assistive technologySpinal Cord Injuries Australia (SCIA) is running NDIS workshops in Sydney and regional NSW this month. The organisation has been studying the experiences of people in the NDIS trial sites and the workshops have been set up to assist with maximising funding and support. “We can help you understand how the NDIS applies to your situation,” SCIA CEO Peter Perry said. “We can help guide you if you think you are eligible or not, including if you have received compensation or if you are aged over 65 years.”

The free sessions are being held in six metropolitan Sydney areas, including Bankstown, Penrith, North Rocks, Liverpool, Ryde and Dee Why from June 14 to June 29. Sessions in regional centres include Tamworth, Gosford and the NSW South Coast roll out from June 21.

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The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is working with the University of Technology Sydney to undertake a feasibility study on AT Innovation Hubs. NDIS participants are invited to give their views on Assistive Technologies (ATs) at a series of workshops being held in Sydney and Perth this month. The study hopes to identify ways that AT innovations in can be championed through the NDIS to help improve the lives of people with disability. Examples of devices or systems solutions may include audio descriptions for movies, adaptive controls for video games, speech generating devices, large print screens and hearing aids.

As part of the initiative, the UTS wants to meet with NDIS participants and hear their opinion about AT generally, what innovations they would like to see in AT, and what people think about some of the ideas and suggestions proposed by the study group. Dates for the workshops are Sydney June 10 and Perth June 14.

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