A brief history of Australian telecommunications initiatives to assist people with major disabilities. Background to the Telstra-TJA Christopher Newell Prize competition. Winners of the 2013 Telstra-TJA Christopher Newell Prize competition.

telecommunications policy, disability, History of telecommunications, Christopher Newell

The 1 in 4 Poll project seeks to increase understanding of the views and needs of people with a disability by developing an accessible survey method. It is being conducted by Deakin University in partnership with the Victorian disability service provider, Scope. The poll method has focused on three key strategies: an accessible Internet-based survey; use of an assisted and proxy report; and a ‘standard’ and Easy English version of the survey.

disability, internet, survey methods, research methods, Accessibility

This paper reports the interim findings of a project involving the trial of iPads with two participant co-researchers who have physical disabilities and ten residents of a high support institution for people with disabilities. The project methodology involved: 1) evaluation of participants’ use of the devices; 2) pre- and post-intervention testing using goal attainment scaling; 3) training and ongoing support in use of the device; and 4) analysis of user satisfaction with the iPad using a modified version of the Quebec User Evaluation of Satisfaction with Assistive Technology instrument..

mainstream mobile devices, iPad, iDevices, assistive technology, social networking, disability

Today, young people use the Internet for social networking, learning and recreation. Young people with disabilities have fewer friends and reduced social networks. Eighteen young people aged 10-18 years with cerebral palsy, physical disability or acquired brain injury completed a social networks inventory and level of loneliness measure. Participants received assistive technology and training at their home to learn to use the Internet for building social networks.

internet, social networking, young people, disability, loneliness
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