On the 24th of November, Grampians Regional Communication Service was invited to attend the Ballarat Digital Hub Adaptive Technology and Apps Event at Central Highlands Library. This was a new initiative which saw providers from Vision Australia, Hearing Australia, Yooralla, SCOPE, Quantum and Pinarc Disability Support come together with trade displays and be available for individual consultations or information sessions.
Grampians RCS took up this fantastic opportunity to promote the use of both high and low technology for people with complex communication needs. It further allowed us to network with other agencies from not only around the region but also state and nationwide. On the day Grampians RCS was able to showcase various examples of communication apps for the iPad including speech generating apps, choice making apps, and scheduling and timetabling apps.
We also had many people interested in the recently released Tools 2 Talk app to assist them in generating visual supports. It was great to see many family members of people with communication difficulties attending to explore the wide range of apps available.
The central highlands library staff rated this expo as being successful and reported they would like for it to be established as an annual event in the future. Grampians RCS are currently in talks with the library about how they can further support the use of technology for people with communication difficulties including technology being freely available in the library with particular apps for the community to trial.
By Megan Nestor