What’s App?

Every now and then I do a  brief “Disability App Scan” to see what’s out there.

The following 5 at first glance, seem to be quite interesting, however with all types of technology,  a bit of research is required.

You will notice I have included some Youtube clips to help you get a better understanding about these apps offer.

Hoping they are of interest to you? Let me know.

Be My Eyes

Be the eyes for a blind person in need of help remotely through a live video connection if you are sighted or be assisted by the network of sighted users if you are blind.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/be-my-eyes-helping-blind-see/id905177575?mt=8

https://youtu.be/Y7bxlR-MxxM

The National Relay Service

The app gives NRS users mobile access to a range of NRS services.

The app is a world-first in combining a range of relay calls and support functions in a single app for smartphones and tablets.

https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/nrs-app/id935552036?mt=8

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=au.gov.communications.nrsapp&hl=en

https://youtu.be/aTzOtdFGMVM

Avaz Australia – AAC App for Autism (Augmentative Picture Communication Software for Children with Special Needs)

Avaz is a full-featured, award-winning, research-based AAC app, that facilitates communication in children with autism spectrum disorders, Down sydrome, Angelmans syndrome, cerebral palsy, and other speech disabilities. Avaz is designed to make speech therapy more effective, develop the child’s language and improve his/her intent to communicate.

https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/avaz-australia-aac-app-for/id658814291?mt=8

Stepping Stones – Daily Routines

This simple app allows users to create visual guides – or ‘paths’ – using their own photos, so as to make sense of daily routines and schedules or stories. These visual supports help to increase the independence and flexibility that people with developmental disabilities can experience in their lives, as well as teaching essential life skills and assisting with sequential processing.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/stepping-stones-daily-routines/id673876719?mt=8

myAssessor

The myAssessor app enables My Aged Care assessors to undertake assessments where they do not have access to the internet. The app allows functionality from the My Aged Care assessor portal to be available on the mobile device, allowing the assessor to capture important client details, perform an assessment using an electronic version of the National Screening and Assessment Form (NSAF) and create a preliminary Support Plan.

https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/myassessor/id1001018890?mt=8

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=au.gov.dss.acg.myassessor

Samsung-DOWELL-App

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Non-traditional options are becoming the new “Norm”

Recently, I had a great experience with an online task-matching service where you describe a task that you want done for a price you want to pay.

Once you’ve describe your task & your budget, you then wait for the quotes to come in.

The task I wanted done was for someone to clean my wheelchair & my budget was $25.

Within half an hour, I had 3 people interested in this task.

The first person’s quote met my budget, the other two were slightly higher however they could do it immediately.

I chose to pay an extra $5 as I did want the job done urgently.

I’m sensing that people with disabilities are becoming more savvy when it comes to finding creative ways to get something done.

Yes of course there are risks when using strangers online, but this is when “informed decision making” by reading reviews & talking with others can really help.

Here is a couple of online & mobile marketplace websites that enable users to outsource everyday tasks.

While I’m going on about creative thinking & innovation, check out this new Autoslide “Sliding Door Opener”.

Do Board Members “Get” the NDIS ?

Following on from my last post about NDIS readiness for disabilities professionals, there is a very important group of people that need to have a better understanding about the NDIS than they do.

I’m referring to Boards and Board members of not-for-profit organizations.

A lawyer colleague of mine, Geoff Donovan and I are delivering a seminar on the Board’s leadership role in the new NDIS world for disability service providers.

Time : 5-6 pm Wednesday 25th of May 2016

Location : Purpose Law Level 17, 31 Queen Street Melbourne

Cost : $65.00  (plus GST & booking fee)

BOOK EVENT : https://www.eventbrite.com/e/is-your-board-ndis-ready-tickets-24383010240

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Geoff’s legal expertise is in the area of “Good Governance” with a particular focus on Directors duties for community and corporate organisations.

I will be giving my views looking through the “participants” lens.

As I have been a governance member on a number of boards I believe the NDIS will challenge some board members in understanding a different way of thinking which is now required as we move from a welfare model to an insurance model.

Leadership by the Board is crucial in these times of transformational change in the disability sector which requires a definite mindset shift by Board members.

When I encourage people to embrace “choice and control” when choosing a provider, I suggest that they look closely at 3 aspects.

  1. Does their board really understand the NDIS?
  2. What is the culture of the organisation?
  3. Are people with disabilities represented with in the organisation?

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