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AT Chat: Co-designing peer mentoring for Assistive Technology

Imagine if you could access ‘peer mentors’ with lived experience to help you in your Assistive Technology (AT) decision-making.

The AT Chat team at the Independent Living Centre WA is working with the National Disability Insurance Agency, the Department of Communities and Swinburne University of Technology to create the first assistive technology peer mentoring platform that will expand nationally.

The AT Chat team recently held a ‘think tank’ with expert AT users and sector personnel to co-design the peer mentoring model. For more, view the video.

People with disability lead the AT Chat team, and they use the principles of co-design to create better pathways for people to find information about AT. It is a peer-to-peer conversation, sharing experiences and knowledge about AT in Australia. This includes equipment, aids or gadgets that they use that allow them to have better independence and function.

The World Health Organisation defines assistive technology as ‘any device or system that allows individuals to perform tasks they would otherwise be unable to do or increases the ease and safety with which tasks can be performed’.

AT Chat focuses on what AT users would like to see and need to know.  Be part of the story and AT Chat by following these links to Facebook and Instagram.

Pictured below is AT Chat Engagement Officer Jos Franciscus.