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Equip yourself with this app

Equip yourself with this app

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The free Equip Myself app – developed by the Western Australian Independent Living centre – basically transformed my iPad into a virtual, world exploring assistive technology. This is done by touching tabs at the top of the app which include some true stories, a virtual world and an independent search function that accesses the National Equipment Database.

 The app, which can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play for both Apple and android mobile devices respectively, was developed by a team of people including some with disabilities, healthcare professionals and digital design specialists.

 To start using Equip Myself, you will need to set up a user profile so you can request more information which is directed via email to, in this case, LifeTech which is the former Independent Living Centre in Brisbane.

 By filling your profile in, you will automatically be directed to your closest Independent Living Centre based on postcode and state. The Equip Myself app is very easy to use and through accessing the search function, you can find a list of products and suppliers.

To your profile, you can add support people, service providers, occupational therapists or anyone else you want to include in your quest to discover assistive technology. This will be particularly useful when it comes to discussing the different options presented to you.

Alternatively you can browse the items showcased in the app by category including home, work, leisure and sports and mobility. For example in the home category it includes bathroom, bedroom, entrance, garden, kitchen, laundry, living room and study. You can touch anyone of these and then it breaks down into subcategories to assist narrowing your search.

 It includes pictures of the assistive technology which is great and can save you time finding a product.

The Pros: It’s free and a breeze to use; you have access to a fairly extensive database which I imagine will only increase over time.

The Cons: I have quadriplegia and the database for my purposes could be more specific and extensive; it is a very new app so one would imagine over time the database will grow.

My advice: If you need access to assistive technology, is to download it NOW and start using it; I very much doubt you will be disappointed.

– Steve D, 121 Care Management Committee Member

 

 

 

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