Services

We are dedicated to finding the right solution for every individual, and providing the support and training services needed to make them successful.

Select the links below to learn more about the services we offer.

Education

Our Understanding Disability in the Workplace workshops will help you break down some of the barriers faced by people with disabilities in the workplace.

Opportunities for people with disabilities are often limited by restricted opportunities and not by their actual disability. Although one in four people in New Zealand have some form of disability or impairment, most have little or no barrier to working in some kind of paid employment given the right support. This means that over 800,000 New Zealanders could be part of the workforce if the obstacles to their employment were removed.

Training

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We are accredited trainers of Dragon Speech Recognition software, SuperNova Magnifier/Screen Reader software and Read/Write Gold learning support software. This can either be done face to face at your location or remotely. A training plan will be worked out to suit your specific needs and training will be charged at an hourly rate.

We are also able to offer group training to clients wishing to learn basic computer skills or other assistive technology software.

Facebook for Over 50’s
Do you want to learn to use Facebook to keep in contact with your children/grandchildren?

Learn in the comfort of your own home either one on one or with a group of up to three friends.

I am offering a three hour Facebook course where you will learn about Facebook and create your very own Facebook page.

Topics include:

  • What is Facebook?
  • Getting Started with Facebook
  • Understand Facebook Privacy
  • Adjusting Your Privacy Settings
  • Creating a Facebook page

Sessions can be done in one three hour block or split into two smaller blocks of 1½ hours.

Phone 04 528 7600 or email us to book your place.

Consultancy

We are able to provide a full comprehensive assessment of your assistive technology needs, arrange product trials and follow up with suitable recommendations. If you are working or studying you may be eligible for Support Funding through Workbridge.

Do you struggle with the many choices when purchasing a computer, tablet or mobile phone? My knowledge, experience and approach will help you avoid being sold technology equipment you don’t need or understand.

I can go with you when purchasing your technology so you get what you need not what someone thinks you need.

Call now to book a 30 minute complimentary consultation or fill in our consultation form and we will contact you. (terms and conditions apply).

Phone: 04 528 7600

Mobile: 021 224 2875

Free Consultation Form

Technology

Whether you’re caring for someone with a life-altering disability or have a senior loved one who is starting to notice the limitations of age, you may find that you need a little help in ensuring they maintain a good quality of life. Sometimes, that help comes in the form of assistive technology or those devices that help someone with a disability or age-related health concern navigate day-to-day life..

Although people with disabilities and seniors have their own unique concerns and goals, you’ll find quite a bit of overlap between the two groups as you start searching for assistive ethnology. Here’s your guide to everything you need to know about buying assistive technology smartly, so you aren’t left holding a big bill at the end of the day.

What is Assistive Technology?

By definition, assistive technology is any item, piece of equipment, product or software program that provides someone with disabilities or physical limitations the ability to live independently, maintain functions or improve motor functions. While the name implies technological advancements, assistive technology can be quite simple, involving something like pictures on a communication board for a non-verbal child. It can also be complex, including hardware and software that allows an individual to better utilize the computer or understand school curriculum. Or it could be equipment that enhances mobility to make day-to-day travel easier.

Assistive technology is the key to independence and a high quality of life for those with physical and mental limitations due to disability or age.

What Is Adaptive Equipment?

Adaptive equipment is designed to help people perform daily tasks. Seniors who may have lost mobility and strength as they age or individuals whose disabilities may cause them to need additional help can use adaptive equipment to remain independent and at home. Although seniors and those with disabilities have different needs and goals, the truth is that there is a significant amount of overlap between the two types of adaptive equipment.

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So You Need Assistive Technology? How to Prioritize Your Purchase

Assistive technology is not cheap. Although you might be able to get some devices and equipment funded, some will come out of your own pocket. Here are some tips to help you prioritize equipment you are considering buying, either for yourself or a family member.

Consider Independence. Will the equipment maintain or regain independence?

Talk to Professionals. The choice about which adaptive equipment is best for you or your family member is best made with the help of a professional.

Consider Specific Needs and Individual Goals. Ask yourself what the individual needs to be able to accomplish. What are the specific disabilities or weaknesses the individual has? How could adaptive equipment address those specific areas? The answer for what to buy is highly individualized based on the individual’s needs, so consider making a checklist of which activities are the most important and which equipment will help with those specific activities.

Keep It Simple. In the world of adaptive technology, you can find something to fit any need or budget, but in general, simpler is usually better.

Consider a Trial. Some adaptive equipment and technology seems great on paper, but when you get it home, you find that it just doesn’t work for you or your family member. Ask suppliers if you can try the equipment for a period of time before committing to a purchase.

Talk to Others. Do you know other seniors or individuals with disabilities? What about families who have relatives who have used a device? Can you join a forum online for your specific challenge? Ask others who have been down this road before about their experience to determine which devices are worthy of your hard-earned money.

Consider the Cost. Although you can’t put a price tag on independence, at some point you do have to consider your budget.