The Australian Assistive Technology Conference was held from Wednesday 14th to Friday 16th of November 2018. The conference provided health professionals, developers and consumers with the opportunity to learn, share and discuss the importance of assistive technology (AT) as an enabler to independence and community participation. Technological advances were showcased, users gave their personal experiences of the importance of AT, and people were able to build their social and professional networks.
Polio Australia’s Steph Cantrill, along with polio survivor and advocate Peter Willcocks, presented at the conference, with the topic: “Still here and still needing AT: the complex needs of polio survivors.” The session was well received, and led to a few interesting conversations afterwards. It was a great opportunity to get the message out that there are still thousands of polio survivors in Australia, many of whom are experiencing the Late Effects of Polio, and that their needs for AT are many and varied.