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.
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.
Assistive technology is any device, system or design you can use to perform tasks that otherwise you couldn’t do.
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.
Everyday tasks can be made easier and pain or discomfort reduced, using some suggestions.
Maintaining safety in the bathroom is very important because the combination of slippery floors and hard surfaces can sometimes make for a hazardous environment.
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.
Choosing a comfortable, supportive and functional chair requires careful consideration of a person's needs, preferences and the intended use of the chair.
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.
Dementia is the name given to the broad range of symptoms resulting from illnesses that cause degenerative intellectual functioning.
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.
Disability contacts information including phone numbers, email and disability office locations.
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.
Swallowing problems (dysphagia) can occur with ageing, intellectual or physical disability, brain injury, head/neck surgery and progressive neurological conditions. Consult your medical team.
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.
Telephone-based emergency call systems allow the user to contact someone in an emergency.
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.
An environmental control unit is a purpose-designed device or system that allows a person to operate appliances within their environment.
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.
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.
Safer ways of performing tasks and making simple and practical adjustments to the home environment to reduce slipping and tripping hazards and improve safety
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Information and advice is provided about equipment and techniques to assist with everyday tasks.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There is a range of commercially available equipment specifically designed for people who are overweight.
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.
Personal care includes activities such as showering, bathing, grooming, dressing, managing medications and other general hygiene tasks.
Some people have difficulty moving around and changing their own position. When this occurs, they may be at risk of developing a pressure ulcer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Each person who has experienced a stroke is affected differently and the limitations he or she has as a result also varies.
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.
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.
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.
What you should or shouldn't do when meeting someone in a wheelchair, and safe ways to manage a wheelchair in different situations.
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.
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.
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.
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.