High Tech Assistive Technology Devices
What are High Tech Assistive Technology Devices?
Assistive technology is an umbrella term for any piece of equipment, software or system that provides support for someone to complete life activities. There are low, mid and high tech assistive technology devices available.
- Low-tech assistive technology devices are simple, non-electronic solutions that can be created or purchased at a relatively low cost. For example: visual schedules; now-next boards; pencil grips. Link Assistive products include: Flip Books
- Mid-tech assistive technology devices are relatively simple electronic devices that require minimal set-up and customisation. For example: voice output switches; static communication devices; electronic timers. Link Assistive products include: BIGmack, Step-by-Step, TalkingBrix, QuickTalker, GoTalk, MEMO Timer, Resetea.
- Assistive technology devices are more complex electronic devices that require individualised set-up and customisation. For example: AAC devices; eye gaze technology; powered wheelchairs. Link Assistive products include: SpeechCase, I-110, EyeMobile 5, I-Series, SHX System, Magic Carpet, Magic Mirror.
Choosing High Tech Assistive Technology Devices
There are a lot of high tech assistive technology devices available on the market, and it can be overwhelming to choose what’s right for you. Your allied health providers (speech pathologist, occupational therapist, and physiotherapist) are an invaluable resource in evaluating the options and determining which solution will provide you with the best possible technology to suit your needs. To assist you and your team with this process, Link Assistive offer options for short-term loans and rentals for many of our assistive technology devices.
A short-term loan is free and gives you the chance to try the technology for between one and three weeks. There may be a waitlist of up to three months to access devices in our short-term loan pool.
Our rental program is a paid hire option that gives you access to the device for a minimum of 12 weeks. We may be able to deduct the cost of the rental from the purchase price of the equipment. There is a wait-time of up to 4 weeks to have rental equipment delivered to you. Our Clinical Team can work with you to determine the most suitable option for your individual circumstances.
Purchasing High Tech Assistive Technology Devices
Once you have determined the most suitable high tech assistive technology device, you can request a quote from our website. This can be used to support a funding request, for example with the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), My Aged Care (MAC) or Department of Veteran Affairs (DVA). Link Assistive is a registered NDIS provider of assistive technology devices. For more information about accessing Assistive Technology through the NDIS, see their website: https://www.ndis.gov.au/participants/assistive-technology-explained
Support for Assistive Technology Devices
Our support team comprises of both Clinical and Technical support services to ensure you get the most out of your assistive technology device. Our team is here to help you before, during and after your trial with training and troubleshooting.
Set-up support and 12 months technical support is included with purchase of most of our assistive technology devices. We often make use of remote support to help you, which involves us remotely accessing your device to assist with your technical needs. All our devices come pre-installed with TeamViewer to allow this service whenever you request support. This means that we can provide support to users of our assistive technology devices all over Australia. Ongoing Technical Support packages can also be purchased as needed.
Our Clinical team of experienced Speech Pathologists and Occupational Therapists can also provide training to clients, support teams and therapy organisations. We have Clinical team members based in Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne who provide support across Australia. They can provide training through standard or custom workshops delivered face-to-face or online depending on your needs and circumstances. Please contact us to discuss your options for training in use of high tech assistive technology devices further.