Ablequest files for 2012

Ablequest is a series of 15 minute programs which examines developments in assistive technology for those people living with a wide range of disabilities.This page contains program files for episodes first broadcast in 2012.

Neuroswitch, part 1 of 2

In this first program we look at this exciting technology, in particular what it is and who can benefit from it.

The program contains interviews with the developer Peter Shann‐Ford and also Naomi McGlouglin who's late husband benefited from the device at its early stage of development, and was a integral part of the development team from the user's perspective.

Original Broadcast Date 19.04.2012

Neuroswitch, part 2 of 2

We continue our investigation of neuroswitch technology with a practical real time demonstration of its use.

Original Broadcast Date 03.05.2012

Development of a bionic eye, part 1 of 2

In this programme we talk to Professor Michael Ibbotson about the development of a retinal implant.

In this programme we talk to Professor Michael Ibbotson from Bionic Vision Australia a consortium engaged in the development of a retinal implant, which promises to revolutionise the lives of people living with vision impairment and loss.

Original Broadcast Date 17.05.2012

Development of a bionic eye, part 2 of 2

In this episode we continue our discussion about the bionic eye in development at Bionic Vision Australia.

Original Broadcast Date 31.05.2012

Stem cell technology, part 1 of 3

This time we enter the exciting and complex world of Stem Cell Research.

Original Broadcast Date 14.06.2012

Stem cell technology, part 2 of 3

Continuing our journey into stem cell technology with a fascinating and informative interview with Professor Simon Kobler.

Part 2 of the journey into stem cell technology comprises a fascinating and informative interview with Professor Simon Kobler, Neuroscientist and Associate Professor at Adelaide University. Prof. Kobler talks to Nicci Lindemann about the harvesting of stem cells from dental Pulp and their application in the field of stroke treatment.

Original Broadcast Date 12.07.2012

Stem cell technology, part 3 of 3

This episode presents the conclusion of our discussion with Professor Simon Kobler.

Original Broadcast Date 26.07.2012

Assistive technology for the blind

Beginning with the cane, even before it was painted white in the 1920s, we explore how technology has evolved to support the blind.

Beginning with the cane, even before it was painted white in the 1920s, technology for the blind has now moved into the world of mobile phone, Bluetooth and GPS. In this program we explore this wide sweep of technologies

Original Broadcast Date 09.08.2012

Sleep apnea, part 1 of 2

In this episode Dr Brendon explores sleep apnea.

In this episode Dr Brendon Yee a physician and sleep researcher at the Woolcock Institute of breathing and sleep discusses what sleep apnea is, its prevalence and its diagnosis.

Original Broadcast Date 23.08.2012

Sleep apnea, part 2 of 2

Dr Brendon Yee now turns his attention to current and possible future treatment options for sleep apnea.

Original Broadcast Date 06.09.2012

Occupational therapy

Occupational therapy is a wide ranging discipline but in this episode, we focus on stroke recovery.

Dr Annie McClusky is a published occupational therapist and health services researcher specialising in evidence based practice, stroke rehabilitation and handwriting rehabilitation for adults.

Original Broadcast Date 20.09.2012

Speech Pathology

In this episode we enter the world of speech pathologists.

Original Broadcast Date 18.10.2012

Further developments in the bionic eye

In episodes 3 and 4 we looked at developments in the bionic eyes, in this update Dr Lauren Ayton brings us up to date.

Original Broadcast Date 15.11.2012

Closed captioning

Everyone is familiar with subtitles added to foreign language films, this is "Burned in" or "Open" captioning and is available to all viewers, here we explore options for the sight disabled.

Original Broadcast Date 29.11.2012

Tapestry, part 1 of 3

Isolation is a very real problem for older people and those living with disabilities, who are largely confined to their homes, in this episode we explore Tapestry.

Isolation is a very real problem for older people and those living with disabilities, who are largely confined to their homes. Fortunately computers are changing that as we hear from one social entrepreneur Andrew Dowling, who has developed a computer application combined with a set of online services called Tapestry.

Andrew Dowling founder and CEO of Tapestry explains what Tapestry is and how it came to be developed.

Original Broadcast Date 13.12.2012

Tapestry, part 2 of 3

In this episode we continue exploring Tapestry.

Original Broadcast Date 27.12.2012

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