Assistive Technology For All
Council on the Ageing Victoria
Academic research to support solid evidence base for the campaign to demonstrate the economic and social benefits associated with providing people with timely access to affordable assistive technology. The areas explored will include an examination of the economic modelling to demonstrate the cost-benefits of providing timely access to assistive technology; the positive impact on families and carers of people with disability; potentially decreasing the risk of people with disability experiencing violence, abuse, neglect and/or exploitation. Additionally, the role of assistive technology in supporting in-home care will be explored in relation to reducing social isolation and loneliness, with positive impact on mental health and well-being. The research will result in a business case that will be presented to the Government outlining the social and economic benefits of increasing access to assistive technology for people with disability outside the NDIS.