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policy and strategy


Policy and Strategy

The correct application of assistive technology can greatly improve the independence and quality of life for people with a disability or chronic disease. It’s no longer just the 20% of people who currently identify with having a disability who need support. A recent Australian study shows that on average, people can expect to live with a disability for almost 20 years.

The strategic goals of ILCA are to:

  • Increase the awareness of assistive technology in the community
  • Influence public policy about assistive technology

The ILCA addresses barriers to the correct application of assistive technology by advising government and policy makers of the:

  • Lack of national policy and strategy
  • Lack of uniformity between states regarding funding schemes and eligibility
  • Lack of consumer pressure
  • Scepticism towards “technology” in client base
  • Lack of systems to encourage and support good prescription and maintenance practice