Choice and control: Assistive technology within Australia's new national disability insurance scheme

Natasha Layton, Emily Steel, Desleigh De Jonge

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Government policy influences the individual and societal outcomes potentiated by assistive technology (AT) and related supports. Political theory suggests that concurrent problem recognition, potential policy solutions, and active political will, are necessary triggers for concerted government action. This has occurred in Australia, with the advent of a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), which will revolutionize disability services and, it is hoped, deliver equity for Australians living with impairment. Analysis of the stakeholders and processes involved in developing an NDIS provides a useful case study for others seeking policy change.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAssistive Technology
Subtitle of host publicationFrom Research to Practice
EditorsPedro Encarnacao, Luis Azevedo, Gert Jan Gelderblom, Alan Newell, Niels-Erik Mathiassen
Place of PublicationAmsterdam Netherlands
PublisherIOS Press
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781614993049
ISBN (Print)9781614993032, 1614993033
Publication statusPublished - 9 Dec 2013
Externally publishedYes
EventConference of the Association for the Advancement of Assistive Technology in Europe 2013 - Vilamoura, Algarve, Portugal
Duration: 19 Sep 201321 Sep 2013
Conference number: 12th

Publication series

NameAssistive Technology Research Series
ISSN (Print)1383-813X
ISSN (Electronic)1879-8071


ConferenceConference of the Association for the Advancement of Assistive Technology in Europe 2013
Abbreviated titleAAATE 2013


  • AT consumers
  • AT policy
  • Disability service delivery
  • Political theory

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