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Disability information A-Z

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Accommodation for people with disability

There are many housing options for people with disability that reflect personal needs and preferences.

Arthritis management

People can be affected in all sorts of different ways but the most common symptoms of arthritis are pain, swelling and stiffness in one or more joints and fatigue.

Arthritis management (199.8 KB PDF)
Arthritis management (882.0 KB DOC)

Assistive Technology

Assistive technology is any device, system or design you can use to perform tasks that otherwise you couldn’t do.

Assistive Technology (456.5 KB DOC)
Assistive Technology (140.3 KB PDF)

Augmentative and Alternative Communication

Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) describes the many communication methods which support or replace speech. AAC can be useful for both short and long-term communication needs.

Augmentative and Alternative Communication (192.4 KB PDF)
Augmentative and Alternative Communication (346.5 KB DOC)

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Back injury: assistive equipment

Everyday tasks can be made easier and pain or discomfort reduced, using some suggestions.

Back injury: assistive equipment (164.4 KB PDF)
Back injury: assistive equipment (336.0 KB DOCX)

Bathroom safety

Maintaining safety in the bathroom is very important because the combination of slippery floors and hard surfaces can sometimes make for a hazardous environment.

Bathroom safety (184.9 KB PDF)
Bathroom safety (501.0 KB DOC)

Buggies and strollers: a buyer's guide

When selecting a children's buggy, it is useful to consider both the needs of the child and the parents or carers. The buggy should be safe and supportive for your child and as easy as possible to handle for you.

Buggies and strollers: a buyer's guide (176.4 KB PDF)
Buggies and strollers: a buyer's guide (345.5 KB DOC)

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C

Chairs: how to choose

Choosing a comfortable, supportive and functional chair requires careful consideration of a person's needs, preferences and the intended use of the chair.

Chairs: how to choose (205.6 KB PDF)
Chairs: how to choose (939.5 KB DOC)

Continence: information and support

Continence is the ability to control bladder or bowel function. Incontinence describes any accidental or involuntary loss of urine from the bladder or bowel motion from the bowel. Incontinence can be treated, managed and in some cases cured.

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D

Dementia: safety in the home

Dementia is the name given to the broad range of symptoms resulting from illnesses that cause degenerative intellectual functioning.

Dementia: safety in the home (171.4 KB PDF)
Dementia: safety in the home (903.0 KB DOC)

Dementia: tips for everyday living

It is not uncommon for someone with dementia to experience a decrease in their levels of personal hygiene. This decrease may be due to problems with motor functioning or increasing forgetfulness about how to wash or get changed.

Dementia: tips for everyday living (192.2 KB PDF)
Dementia: tips for everyday living (916.5 KB DOC)

Disability contacts and locations

Disability contacts information including phone numbers, email and disability office locations.

Dressing: aids and equipment

If dressing is difficult, it may be worth trying different dressing techniques, making adaptations to clothing or using assistive equipment to help dress and undress independently.

Dressing: aids and equipment (142.8 KB PDF)
Dressing: aids and equipment (335.0 KB DOC)

Dysphagia: mealtime equipment

Swallowing problems (dysphagia) can occur with ageing, intellectual or physical disability, brain injury, head/neck surgery and progressive neurological conditions. Consult your medical team.

Dysphagia - mealtime equipment (179.9 KB PDF)
Dysphagia - mealtime equipment (430.0 KB DOC)

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Electrical appliances: selecting

Electrical appliances are used for a range of tasks around the home. It is important to consider that some electrical appliances will be easier to use than others.

Electrical appliances: selecting (161.1 KB PDF)
Electrical appliances: selecting (460.5 KB DOC)

Emergency call systems: telephone-based

Telephone-based emergency call systems allow the user to contact someone in an emergency.

Emergency call systems: telephone-based (150.3 KB PDF)
Emergency call systems: telephone-based (516.0 KB DOC)

Energy conservation

This information is about helping you find ways to use your own energy wisely so you still have some left to do the things that you want to do.

Energy conservation
Energy conservation (445.0 KB DOC)

Environmental control units

An environmental control unit is a purpose-designed device or system that allows a person to operate appliances within their environment.

Environmental control units (149.1 KB PDF)
Environmental control units (335.5 KB DOC)

Equipment and home modification services

Specialist equipment and assistive technology help people with disability manage their personal care, communication, mobility, safety and comfort.

Home modifications are available through the DHS Equipment Program. Eligibility criteria apply.

You can also apply for home modifications to public housing or community housing.

Equipment ideas and tips for rural and remote communities

People living in rural and remote areas have the same needs for equipment and assistive technology as those living in urban areas.

Equipment ideas and tips for rural and remote communities (105.5 KB PDF)
Equipment ideas and tips for rural and remote communities (352.5 KB DOC)

Equipment maintenance

Keeping equipment properly maintained is very important to ensure the safety of the user, as well as to get the best life out of it.

Equipment maintenance (153.4 KB PDF)
Equipment maintenance (338.0 KB DOC)

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Falls prevention: safety in the home

Safer ways of performing tasks and making simple and practical adjustments to the home environment to reduce slipping and tripping hazards and improve safety

Falls prevention: safety in the home (166.5 KB PDF)
Falls prevention: safety in the home (435.5 KB DOC)

Friendships and dating

Having friendships and dating are natural part of life. Young people with disability may need some extra guidance developing social skills and understanding about relationships and sexual health.

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Gardening

Maintaining a beautiful garden can be a physically demanding and time consuming occupation. There are many strategies and items of equipment that can be used to make gardening tasks easier and safer.

Gardening (133.2 KB PDF)
Gardening (518.0 KB DOC)

Grab rails

Grab rails are used to assist with balance and support, as an aid to assist with transfers, or in areas where a slip or fall is considered a high risk.

Grab rails (177.2 KB PDF)
Grab rails (343.0 KB DOC)

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Hearing impairment and assistive technology

Hearing impairment (also referred to as hearing loss) is a generalised term used when a person's hearing falls below standard hearing levels. Learn about landline and mobile telephone features, TTY options, Internet communication strategies, alarm clocks, various monitors and much more.

Hearing impairment and assistive technology (185.3 KB PDF)
Hearing impairment and assistive technology (342.5 KB DOC)

Hoists

Hoists are designed to reduce the need to manually lift a person who is unable to stand independently. The different types of hoists include mobile hoists, stand-up hoists, ceiling or overhead hoists, fixed wall or floor-mounted hoists and bath hoists.

Hoists (154.9 KB PDF)
Hoists (345.0 KB DOC)

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Independent Living Centre

Information and advice is provided about equipment and techniques to assist with everyday tasks.

Independent Living Centre (154.8 KB PDF)
Independent Living Centre - plain text (4.1 KB TXT)

Intellectual disability: mental illness

In South Australia, one in five people lives with a mental illness such as anxiety, depression or bipolar disorder. People with intellectual disability also experience mental illness.

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J

Joint protection

Joint protection involves using techniques to minimise the stress and force placed on joints, to reduce pain and prevent or protect against further joint damage or deformity.

Joint protection (185.4 KB PDF)
Joint protection (377.5 KB DOC)


K

Kitchen design: meeting everyone's needs

Designing or modifying a kitchen that is accessible for a range of users can be challenging and requires some compromise. General principles can be applied to help achieve an accessible kitchen for most of the population.

Kitchen design: meeting everyone's needs (237.0 KB PDF)
Kitchen design: meeting everyone's needs (481.0 KB DOC)

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Low-vision products

New methods of doing activities or the use of low-vision products may assist people with vision impairment to manage activities of daily living and help maintain independence.

Low-vision products (206.1 KB PDF)
Low-vision products (422.5 KB DOC)

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The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) provides support for Australians under 65 with disability. The NDIS provides people with permanent and significant disability with the reasonable and necessary supports they need to live an ordinary life.

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O

Obesity: equipment for people who are very overweight (bariatric)

There is a range of commercially available equipment specifically designed for people who are overweight.

Obesity: equipment for people who are very overweight (bariatric) (150.6 KB PDF)
Obesity: equipment for people who are very overweight (bariatric) (478.5 KB DOC)

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Parkinson's disease: equipment to assist with daily living

Parkinson's disease is a progressive degenerative disorder of the brain affecting the coordination of movement. Symptoms include tremor, stiffness, slowness of movement and instability, which affect the ability to perform everyday activities independently.

Parkinson's disease: equipment to assist with daily living (150.2 KB PDF)
Parkinson's disease: equipment to assist with daily living (348.8 KB DOCX)

Personal care: looking after yourself

Personal care includes activities such as showering, bathing, grooming, dressing, managing medications and other general hygiene tasks.

Personal care: looking after yourself (149.5 KB PDF)
Personal care: looking after yourself (418.5 KB DOC)

Pressure management

Some people have difficulty moving around and changing their own position. When this occurs, they may be at risk of developing a pressure ulcer.

Pressure management (147.2 KB PDF)
Pressure management (333.5 KB DOC)

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Reading and writing equipment

The ability to read and write is important for both children and adults as it allows the opportunity to learn and explore. There are a number of aids available that may assist people to read and write more easily.

Reading and writing equipment (141.9 KB PDF)
Reading and writing equipment (342.0 KB DOC)

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Scooters: selecting a mobility scooter

Motorised scooters (also referred to as gophers) are often used by people who find it difficult to walk or propel a wheelchair over long distances.

Scooters: selecting a mobility scooter (186.5 KB PDF)
Scooters: selecting a mobility scooter (364.0 KB DOC)

Second-hand equipment

Second-hand equipment can be a more affordable option for people on a budget, but buying second-hand does not provide the same consumer protection rights as when buying new.

Second-hand equipment (186.3 KB PDF)
Second-hand equipment (384.5 KB DOC)

Slings

Slings are used in conjunction with hoists to support a person being lifted or transferred. Learn about features and types of slings, how to maintain them and more.

Slings (208.2 KB PDF)
Slings (637.5 KB DOC)

Stroke: equipment to assist with daily living

Each person who has experienced a stroke is affected differently and the limitations he or she has as a result also varies.

Stroke: equipment to assist with daily living (124.8 KB PDF)
Stroke: equipment to assist with daily living (331.0 KB DOC)

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Travelling: assistive technology

If you have disability or injury, and require assistive equipment or technology, it can be daunting to consider holidaying or travelling. However, many items are now available that fold or dismantle to fit into tight spaces, which makes travelling much easier.

Travelling: assistive technology (193.0 KB PDF)
Travelling: assistive technology (571.0 KB DOC)


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Vehicle transfers: assistive equipment

Getting in and out of vehicles may be challenging due to reduced strength and restricted movement. Fortunately, there is a wide choice of equipment currently available to assist both drivers and passengers.

Vehicle transfers: assistive equipment (140.3 KB PDF)
Vehicle transfers: assistive equipment (374.5 KB DOC)

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Walking aids: using and measuring

Walking aids can assist with balance, reduce fatigue or pain and facilitate a safe walking pattern. Various sizes and styles are available and selection should be made based on abilities, needs, environment and individual body shape.

Walking aids: using and measuring (183.0 KB PDF)
Walking aids: using and measuring (362.5 KB DOC)

Wheelchair safety and etiquette

What you should or shouldn't do when meeting someone in a wheelchair, and safe ways to manage a wheelchair in different situations.

Wheelchair safety and etiquette (148.0 KB PDF)
Wheelchair safety and etiquette (354.0 KB DOC)

Wheelchairs or scooters: powered wheelchairs

There are so many different types of powered or motorised wheelchairs on the market that at times trying to select one can be confusing and overwhelming. This information gives pointers on how to make the right choice for your needs.

Wheelchairs or scooters: powered wheelchairs (166.5 KB PDF)
Wheelchairs or scooters: powered wheelchairs (345.5 KB DOC)

Wheelchairs or scooters: selecting a manual wheelchair

For some people, a manual wheelchair is the only way they can get about. For others, a manual wheelchair is a means by which they can enjoy time out with their family or friends without getting tired.

Wheelchairs or scooters: selecting a manual wheelchair (169.3 KB PDF)
Wheelchairs or scooters: selecting a manual wheelchair (509.5 KB DOC)

Wheelchairs or scooters: transportation of equipment

Many people use wheelchairs and scooters (gophers) for assistance with mobility in their local community. Sometimes it is necessary to transport these to another location.

Wheelchairs or scooters: transportation of equipment (185.0 KB PDF)
Wheelchairs or scooters: transportation of equipment (377.0 KB DOC)

Wheelchairs or scooters: transporting passengers in vehicles

When using a vehicle to transport passengers with a wheelchair or scooter (gopher), it is important to ensure that both the user and their mobility device are safely and correctly secured into the vehicle.

Wheelchairs or scooters: transporting passengers in vehicles (204.0 KB PDF)
Wheelchairs or scooters: transporting passengers in vehicles (357.0 KB DOC)

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