Communication & Assistive Technology
Enhancing your lifestyle and communication ability by providing you with information about communication and assistive technology.
We can support you to use the latest technology to communicate, move and enjoy life, further empowering you to live the life you choose.
Yooralla's Communication & Assistive Technology team provide services that enhance your lifestyle and communication ability, by providing you information about and access to assistive technologies and equipment.
Assistive technology and equipment can support people with disability and the aged, their families and carers to enhance everyday activities.
Devices and technologies can include equipment to enhance independence, including:
- day-to-day equipment in the home
- mobility equipment such as walkers
- wheelchairs, and
- modifications to your environment.
Assistive technologies can also include specialised devices and mainstream tablets, smart phones, and apps for communication, education and work.
Yooralla recently undertook an assessment of our Communication and Assistive Technology related services and sites to ensure that Yooralla remains viable and sustainable in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) market. Consequently, these services will transition to a new service model. Yooralla’s ComTEC, ILC phone advice and information service, National Equipment Database (NED) and assistive technology therapy services to support NDIS participants are continuing. The following services will conclude on 14 June 2019: the Library, the Equipment Library and the ILC assistive technology displays in Braybrook and Blackburn
Yooralla's ComTEC therapists provide consultations in the community and on site to provide specialist information, advice and training on assistive and communication technologies such as speech generating devices, switch access, software to support literacy, computer access and environmental controls. We also have an electronic equipment library providing short-term loans of communication and access equipment.
Learn more about ComTEC.
Electronic Communication Devices Scheme
The Electronic Communication Devices Scheme (ECDS) is a state-wide service supporting people who have no speech or speech that is difficult to understand, to buy speech generating devices and software.
Learn more about the Electronic Communication Devices Scheme (ECDS).
Yooralla's Equipment Library provides short-term loan of specialised equipment for children and adults with disability throughout Victoria.
Learn more about the Equipment Library.
ComTEC Equipment Library
Yooralla's ComTEC Equipment Library provides short-term loan of speech generating devices and computer access equipment for children and adults with disability throughout Victoria. Items include:
- Speech generating devices
- Peripherals such as switches, joysticks and mice
- Switch adapted toys
- Laptops and software
Learn more about the ComTEC Equipment Library.
Independent Living Centre
The Independent Living Centre (ILC) features comprehensive displays of aids and equipment and a specialist advice service.
Learn more about the Independent Living Centre (ILC).
Yooralla Library provides a wide range of information and resources on disability for all Victorians.
Learn more about the Yooralla Library.
Download: Communication & Assistive Technology factsheet (PDF, 260kb) 266kb Communication-and-Assistive-Tech-4pp_web.pdf
Download: Communication & Assistive Technology factsheet (Word, 373kb) 382kb Communication-and-Assistive-Technology_Accessible-word.docx
You can ask for an Easy English Factsheet.
Click on Easy English Summary.
To find out more about our Communication & Assistive Technology services, please contact us.
Phone: 1300 885 886 (VIC only)
Or: 03 9362 6111 (National)
TTY: 03 9687 0301
Address: Shop C1, Central West Shopping Centre, 67 Ashley Street, Braybrook VIC 3019.
To speak to us in a language other than English please call us via the Telephone Interpreter Service on 13 14 50.
If you have a hearing or speech impairment, please contact us through the National Relay Service.
For information on Independent Living Centres outside Victoria, please visit the Independent Living Centres Australia website.