A conference showcasing technology for people with disability has inspired the LSA with its message of accessibility.
Chief Executive Lois Boswell and LSA’s Manager of Governance, Systems and Review, Sorana Dinmore, attended the NDIS New World Conference: Disability in the 21st Century.
The conference brought together people with disability, their families, carers, service providers and the technology industry to explore how inclusive technology might create a better world.
Sorana said that the conference showcased some incredible technologies and important messages for service providers.
“There were some really important messages for service providers, particularly those around accessibility,” she said.
“The term ‘hyper-personalisation’ cropped up many times throughout the conference – reminding us that we are living in an age where technology does not simply respond to needs but begins to predict them.”
“There were some incredibly exciting technologies demonstrated – a mind-controlled robotic wheelchair, exoskeletons that allow people to walk again, and home automation systems. Technologies that could benefit LSA scheme participants in the future.”
Four key themes emerged from the conference:
- Accessibility is now a mainstream issue for technology companies globally;
- Technology exists to make a quality life;
- Technology is changing exponentially and adapts to new environments; and
- Technology is shifting power to people with disabilities.
Speakers included chair of the NDIS Bruce Bonyhady, and self-described computer geek and Apple Accessibility Ambassador, Christopher Hill.
The conference took place at the Brisbane Conference & Exhibition Centre in October.
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This article was featured in the December 2015 Edition of LSS News. The LSS Update is a quarterly enewsletter from Lois and the LSA team.