NEDLANDS Independent Living Centre WA launched a free app last week to help empower Australians living with disability.
The initiative, the Equip Myself app provides users with easy access to information about the range of equipment and technology options available that could assist with their independence, safety and wellbeing.
Through a virtual world, people can explore assistive equipment and technologies in the environments in which they would be used such as the kitchen, bathroom, garden, at work, in the study, at the beach or in the community.
People are also able to read real-life stories about how West Australians with disability use innovative assistive technology.
Known for having a steely determination, Imran Ariff has overcome the physical challenges of living with cerebral palsy to be an independent man who does not take things for granted.
“I live in my own unit and have daily support; I use a powered wheelchair operated by a footcontrolled joystick and mostly rely on public transport to get around the city,” he said.
“Due to my involvement in community and government endeavours, being able to use technology is very important.
“Word-predictor software is installed on my laptop to reduce the amount of text I’m required to type.”
Mr Ariff said technology made a huge difference to his life.
“It is a lot quicker and means I have time to do other projects such as designing logos and websites,” he said.
“I use an on-screen keyboard and have a regular mouse which I control using my foot, clicking with my big toe.
“I have a smartphone because it’s important for me to have access to emails and be contactable when I’m away from home.”
Equip Myself is a free tablet app and is available now.
Imran Ariff values technology like Equip Myself, launched ahead of International Day of People with a Disability.