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Assistive or adaptive technology includes devices, tools, hardware or software that enable people with disabilities to perform functions that might otherwise be difficult or impossible. Each student’s needs are different and should be individually evaluated. 

Text to speech

Screen readers can only read text, so images need to be transcribed into a text description (alt text).

Users of screen readers generally rely on the keyboard for navigation and cannot use mouse-dependent commands with no keyboard equivalents. Confusing layouts, such as pop-up windows or complex tables without row and column labels, can be problematic.

Speech to text

Voice or speech recognition software allows the user to speak into a microphone to control (by varying degrees) the computer by voice. The software enables voice-controlled editing, formatting, document navigation, spelling, training and correction. Most will operate directly from the user's word processor, email client spread sheet etc.

Screen magnification

Screen magnification software increases the size of text and graphics on a screen for users with low vision. Microsoft and Macintosh systems offer a limited facility that enlarges the onscreen display, but other, more powerful software is available. Screen magnification software can magnify the screen from 2x to 32x depending on the product, and may also offer functions such as edge smoothing, cursor enhancements, cursor tracking, speech output, and colour filtering and screen changes.

Closed circuit televisions

Closed circuit televisions (CCTVs) enlarge text from documents and books. There are three main types of CCTVs: that which a fixed camera moves over a table holding the document; that which uses a movable camera to roll over the document; and mobile units that can be used in libraries, shops, in the workplace etc.

 

 Acronym​

​Definition

CALD

Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Used to describe people from other language and cultural backgrounds.  Previously referred to as Non-English Speaking Background (NESB).

ADE

Australian Disability Enterprises.

AA

Active Ageing Funded by NSW  - Human Services  -  Ageing, Disability & Home Care  (government department responsible for disability policy and services) for adults with a disability 65 +.

ABS

Australian Bureau of Statistics.

ADB

Anti-Discrimination Board.

adhc

NSW  - Department of Family & Community Services (formerly Human Services) -  Ageing, Disability & Home Care  (government department responsible for disability policy and services).

ADPS

The Australian Disability Parking Scheme

AHCD 

 Advance Health Care Directive

AHRC

The Australian Human Rights Commission (formerly the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission).

AIHW

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

AND

Australian Network on Disability (AND) 

ARAFMI 

Association of Relatives and Friends of the Mentally ill

ASD 

Autism Spectrum Disorder

ATSI 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander

BS

DSA's Business Services Division 

Carer

A family member, friend, neighbour, or other community member who provides care and assistance to another person, often in a regular and sustained manner, without payment (other than in some cases a pension or benefit).

CHA 

Community Housing Association 

Circles of Support 

Refers to creating a 'Network' of support (family/ friends) around a person with a disability that will enable them to continue living the life they choose in a safe and secure environment when key family support is no longer available (e.g. parents).

CJP

Community Justice Program support to people who are looking for a new start in life following a stay in the Criminal Justice system.

COAG

Council of Australian Governments 

CP

Community Participation program Funded by NSW  - Human Services  -  Ageing, Disability & Home Care  (government department responsible for disability policy and services) a school leaver initiative for young adults between 16-25. 

CRCC

Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centres

CSS

DSA's Community Support Services Division

DC NSW

Disability Council of New South Wales

DEA

Disability Employment Australia

DEEWR

 Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - Australian Government

DES

Disability Employment Services 

DHASI

Disability Housing and Support Initiative an ADHC funded drop in support models.

DHCS

The ACT - Community Services Directorate  (government department responsible for disability policy and services).

DHHS

Tasmania - Department of  Health and Human Services  (government department responsible for disability policy and services).

DHS

Victoria - Disability Services, Human Services government department responsible for disability policy and services.

DIRCSA

South Australia - The Disability Information & resource centre (responsible for disability policy and services).

DS

Queensland - Disability Services – (government department responsible for disability policy and services).

DSA

Disability Services Australia

DSC

Western Australia - Disability Services Commission - (government department responsible for disability policy and services).

EPA 

Enduring Power of Attorney

FaHCSIA

Australian Government - Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs FaHCSIA (includes Disability) - (government department responsible for disability policy and services).

GT

Guardianship Tribunal

HASI 

Housing and Accommodation Support Initiative 

HCCC

Health Care Complaints Commission

health.nt.gov.au

Northern Territory - Health - Aged and Disability  (government department responsible for disability policy and services).

ILDIS

Independent Living and Drop In Support an ADHC funded drop in support models.

ILSI

Independent Living Skills Initiative an ADHC funded drop in support models.

JA

Job Access 

JSA

Job Services Australia 

LA NSW

Legal Aid New South Wales

LC 

Life Choices Funded by NSW  - Human Services  -  Ageing, Disability & Home Care  (government department responsible for disability policy and services) for adults with a disability 25-65 or 50 for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander. 

LGA 

Local Government Area

LIAC

Legal Information Access Centre (LIAC)

Lifestyle Support

The name for DSA Community Support Services community based accommodation support services.

LMP

 Lifestyle Mentoring Program the name for DSA's Community Justice Program. 

LPA  

Local Planning Area

METS 

 DSA’s Registered Training Organisation (RTO).  

NDA  

National Disability Agreement Provides the national framework for the delivery, funding and development of specialist disability services for people with disabilities.  Previously referred to as the Commonwealth, State and Territory Disability Agreement (CSTDA).

NDIA

National Disability Insurance Agency

NDIS

National Disability Insurance Scheme

NDS

National Disability Services

NFP 

 Not for Profit 

NSW funded drop in

support models 

The drop-in support service model provides up to 35 hours of direct support per week for people with a disability who require low to moderate levels of accommodation support. This service helps people to live as independently as possible. 

OSHC

Outside School Hours Care (OSHC) for Teenagers with Disability  an Australian Government initiative providing students with disability, aged 12 to 18 years with quality outside school hours care. Outside schools hours care includes before school, after school and holiday care.

PCA

Person Centred Approach assist individuals to identify and achieve their goals and to take a leading role in the development of their individual plans 

PCP

Person Centred Planning In Person Centred Planning an individuals goals reflect their aspirations for their personal development and future. The person and their family/those supporting them lead the process.

PHAMS

Personal Helpers and Mentor Service FAHCSIA's Personal Helpers and Mentors Program aims to provide increased opportunities for the recovery of people who have a severe functional limitation resulting from a severe mental illness. The program assists people aged 16 years and over whose ability to manage their daily activities and to live independently in the community is impacted because of a severe functional limitation resulting from a severe mental illness.

PIN

Planned Individual Networks

PLAN 

Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network, Canada

Self-Directed

The person makes the choices and the decisions about the supports they need and the outcomes that are important to them. The person is at the centre of the planning and wants to know how their expenditure against their funded package is going without  responsibility for the management of the funding, the sourcing of resources, the engagement and management of staff, the planning for activities and the arranging logistics of when, where and by whom.  

SIS

 DSA’s Specialist Intervention Services an experienced team Consultants (psychologists/Speech therapists) who are specialists in working with people with a disability, dual diagnosis and ongoing mental health disability. DSA is also a registered Medicare provider of these services. 

SLP

Supported Living Fund  a new type of accommodation support funding for people with a disability aged 18 to 64 years averaging $50,000 per person per annum. It enables people with a disability, along with their family and carers to create living arrangements that suit the person’s life and preferences, gives access to paid supports and services, and to plan for their future. The funding is portable, remains with the individual and is administered by a service provider of the person’s choice. 

SMM

Self-Managed Model the person (and their family) manages their own program of activities. The person manages their funding with the help of the Intermediary service provider.  

Stronger Together II

Outlines the NSW state governments new direction for disability services in NSW 2006-2016.

TAG (formerly OPC)

NSW Trustee and Guardian (formerly the Office of the Protective Commissioner)

TTW

Transition to Work Funded by NSW  - Human Services  -  Ageing, Disability & Home Care  (government department responsible for disability policy and services). A two year program that helps young people with a disability gain employment after leaving school. 

YPIRAC  

Young People In Residential Aged Care Council of Australian Governments (COAG)  program to reduce the numbers of younger people with disability living in nursing homes throughout Australia. 

YPLC 

Young People Leaving Care supports young people with a disability to transition from the parental responsibility of the Minister for Community Services to live as independently as possible in the community.

Last Modified: 27/04/2016 4:36 PM