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released: 21 Aug 2003 author: Bricknell S media release

The environment has a direct impact on the experience of disability, either as a positive or enabling force, improving the opportunities for people with disabilities to undertake activities and participate in the economic and social world, or a barrier to these pursuits.This report provides a broad-scale picture of the association between disability and the environment in Australia, by providing information on some of the environmental factors important to people with disabilities in Australia. These environmental factors include the use of aids and equipment, support arrangement in educational and workplace settings, access to public transport, assistance with daily activities, and home modifications.

ISSN 1444-3589; ISBN 978 1 74024 291 2; Cat. no. DIS 32; 71pp.; Internet only

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Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material (38K PDF)
    • Title page and verso
    • Contents
    • List of figures, boxes and tables
    • Acknowledgements
    • Abbreviations
    • Symbols
    • Summary
  • Sections
    1. Disability and the environment (22K PDF)
      1. The International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF)
      2. Objectives and structure of the report
    2. Provision and access to aids and equipment in Australia (60K PDF)
      1. Definition of aids and equipment .
      2. Aids and equipment schemes available in Australia.
      3. Review of aid and equipment schemes
      4. Health insurance and tax offsets
      5. Some examples of unmet need
    3. Factors associated with aid and equipment use (30K PDF)
      1. Factors associated with the use of aids and equipment
      2. Efficacy and impact of aid and equipment use
      3. Abandonment of aids and equipment
    4. Use of aids and equipment in Australia (83K PDF)
      1. ABS Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers, 1998
      2. Prevalence of aid use
      3. Severity of restriction
      4. Main disabling condition
      5. Need for assistance
      6. Assistance from a primary carer
    5. Other environmental factors (60K PDF)
      1. Environmental factors and the Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers
      2. Education and support arrangements
      3. Employment and workplace arrangements
      4. Access to public transport
      5. Assistance with daily activities
      6. Home modifications
  • End Matter

Recommended citation

Bricknell S 2003. Disability, the use of aids and the role of the environment. Disability Series. Cat. no. DIS 32. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 27 May 2017 <http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=6442467491>.

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