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2020-09 Assistive Technology for All submission to Disability Royal Commission
Assistive Technology for All (ATFA) is a national alliance of peak bodies and consumer representatives spanning the Ageing and Disability Sectors that AAG is a member of. Together, we are advocating for equitable access to AT for people with disability who are not eligible for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
AAG is an active member of the ATFA and endorsed this ATFA submission to the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability (the Disability Royal Commission) in response to their Rights and Attitudes Issues Paper published in April 2020.
The ATFA submission focusses on the Government’s failure to provide equitable access to assistive technology for people with disability who are not covered by the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). The ATFA submission also highlights that systemic ageism is evident in current government policies and presents as an attitudinal barrier affecting older Australians’ equitable access to assistive technology.
This submission has been endorsed by the following organisations:
Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG); Australian Council of Social Services (ACOSS); Allied Health Professions Australia; Australian Federation of Disability Organisations (AFDO); Australian Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology Association (ARATA); Carers Australia; Consumers Health Forum of Australia; Council on the Ageing (COTA) Australia; Every Australian Counts; People with Disability Australia (PWDA); AGOSCI Inc.; ATchat; Assistive Technology Suppliers Australia; Australian Orthotic Prosthetic Association; Australian Physiotherapy Association; Blind Citizens Australia; Guide Dogs Australia; Limbs 4 Life; Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Australia; Occupational Therapy Australia; Polio Australia; Spinal Cord Injuries Australia; Spinal Life Australia; Vision Australia; Council on the Ageing (COTA) Victoria; Bayside Polio Group; Independent Living Assessment; Indigo; LifeTec; Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Association of Victoria.