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Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology

Assistive technology definition

Assistive technology is any device, system or design you can use to perform tasks that otherwise you couldnt do. These technologies can also increase ease and safety for tasks you already manage.

Aids, equipment or devices are sometimes called assistive technology.

You can:

buy these technologies off the shelf

get things you already own modified or adapted

get something made or customised especially for your needs.

Assistive technology can be as simple as a:

jar opener

tap or key turner

book rest.

It can also be as complex as a:

powered wheelchair

hoist to lift you

modified vehicle

home automation and modifications.

Most of us use some kind of assistive technology every day.

Choose the right assistive technology

A wide range of assistive technology is available.

Your needs are specific to your requirements, activities and abilities. We consider many factors before deciding on which technology suits you best.

Evaluating your needs and circumstances can be complex and overwhelming process. You should get advice and information from health professionals about which solution is best for you.

Find out about assistive technologies

The Independent Living Centre of South Australia (ILC SA) provides unbiased information and advice on assistive technology so you can make an informed choice.

The ILC is not a sales outlet. Instead, we provide information and advice on assistive technology and techniques to help you with everyday tasks to maintain your independence.

Our health professional staff are:

occupational therapists

a registered nurse

speech pathologists

allied health assistants.

The service is available to everyone. Written information on assistive technologies is available, including descriptions and supplier details.

Phone or email us for individualised advice. Our inquiry line is staffed Monday to Friday, 9.00 am to 4.00 pm.


View equipment in the ILC display at 11 Blacks Road, Gilles Plains. We have lots of assistive technology on loan to us from suppliers.

Appointments to speak with a Health Professional are available Monday to Friday 10.00 am to 4.00 pm (excluding public holidays).

Education and training

Our health professionals do talks and displays for community groups and exhibitions.

We deliver professional development workshops on assistive technology and related topics to health professionals, community organisations and educational facilities. Contact us for fee and topic information, or to make a booking.

Information sheets

You can download information sheets on selecting assistive technology and techniques to assist with everyday tasks from or collect printed versions from the ILC display.

Outreach Service

Our mobile unit outreach service operates state-wide for those of you living in rural and remote regions of South Australia. Our occupational therapist visits with a wheelchair-accessible caravan containing a large range of assistive technology and information sheets. No appointment is necessary.

Equipment catalogue

The catalogue is online at the ILC Australia website:

Contact us

Phone 8266 5260 or 1300 885 886 (SA and NT callers only)Email

Continence Resource Centre (CRC)

CRC is a state-wide continence information and advisory service at the Independent Living Centre. Get information and advice on bladder and bowel problems from our registered nurse/continence nurse advisor.

Speech pathology

A speech pathologist is available by appointment. You can get information and advice on assistive technology if you have communication and/or mealtime needs

Contacting the Independent Living Centre

11 Blacks RoadGilles Plains SA 5086

Phone: 1300 885 886 (SA & NT callers only) or 8266 5260



Accessible off street parking is available.

Bus services run nearby. Call 8210 1000 for timetable information.

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