Table of contents

  • Summary
  • Introduction
    • Literature on assistive devices  
    • Definitions
  • The growth of dependence
    • Ageing  and  disability
    • Prevalence of disability in Australia
  • The growth of independence: assistive technology and disability
    • Specification of the problem
    • Demand for assistive technologies
    • Legislative reforms
  • Assistive  devices  for daily living
    • Low-technology self-care and mobilty devices
    • Factors affecting  the use of self-care and mobility devices
    • Need, background and social network
    • Limitations to studies
  • High  technologies-environmental control systems and smart  homes  
    • Smart homes
    • Environmental control  units
  • Choice of technology
    • Matching technologies to individuals
  • Support and  provision of assistive technologies in Australia
    • Agencies responsible for assistive device provision
    • The need for information and social support
  • Conclusions
    • Further avenues of study
    • Community based  application of  technology
  • References  
  • Acknowledgements