Informing the Australian government on at policy: ARATA's experience


Friesen, E.; Astbrink, G.; Walker, L.; Summers, M.; Layton, N.; De Jonge, D.


For consumers of AT to achieve successful outcomes, AT practitioners, suppliers and other stakeholders need underlying policy and resourcing environments which enable them to provide their services effectively. This paper describes the process used by the Australian Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology Association (ARATA) for developing and disseminating an evidence-based Policy Statement and Background Papers on Assistive Technology for Australians. The process was conducted by an experienced team and included literature reviews and member consultations, followed by a policy launch, advocacy strategy and meetings with government officials. In ARATA's experience, developing a policy statement and disseminating it through a targeted advocacy strategy is an effective way for a non-profit professional organization to influence government policy.

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7th International Convention on Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology, i-CREATe 2013, in Conjunction with SENDEX 2013; Gyeonggi-do; South Korea; 29-31 August 2013, paper no. 13


Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)