New sensory wall display units have now been installed at Achieve Australia’s Day Program centres in Epping, Seven Hills and Casino. The exciting new technology uses vivid imagery, sound and light projections, and detects touch gestures that are similar to those used on smart-phones and tablets.
Achieve’s regional manager in Casino Karen Moore-Evans explains, “From the moment the system was turned on, participants were very excited about using the new technology in our sensory room. They were quick to grasp the idea that the screen would react to their touch and enjoyed activities like clearing leaves from the rainforest, turning butterflies into flowers and destroying meteors.”
Karen went on to say, “We can already see that this technology is helping to support participant interactions and to improve fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination and concentration for the people we support.”
Robyn, a participant at Achieve’s Day Programs, also enjoys the experience the sensory rooms offer. “It’s nice. I enjoy playing the games on the wall,” she says.
What are the benefits of this new technology?
This powerful technology has been known to improve movement, balance and coordination for people with disability and further develop communication and comprehension skills. In addition, sensory activities such as this can decrease anxiety and provide new stimuli that encourages new emotions.
The installation was possible thanks to funds raised at the 17th Annual Achieve Golf Day held at the Monash Country Club on Thursday, 8 November 2018. Nearly 100 supporters turned out for the annual event including Federal Member for Bennelong, John Alexander OAM MP and Chairman of the Board, Richard Dinham.
Achieve will use this technology in the near future to help create more innovative and interactive learning programs for people with disability to build new skills, connect with others and explore different possibilities in a safe environment.
About Achieve Australia
Experts at working with people with disability to achieve the extra ordinary, Achieve Australia is a for-purpose community organisation with a 65-year history providing accommodation and services for Australians with disability.
Our services and supports include:
- MY HOME: Supported independent living and disability accommodation services.
- MY LIFE: Day programs to learn new skills, embrace new hobbies and engage with the community.
- MY WELLBEING: Psychology and Behaviour Support and clinical health services for holistic wellbeing.
- MY CAREER: Disability employment opportunities and services.
Achieve provides expert support, enabling individuals to live extra ordinary lives across North and North-Western Sydney, the Hunter, and the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales.
Our Passion is social inclusion for people with disability.
Our Purpose is building extraordinary lives through being well, having a home, choosing a career and enjoying a full life.