Ablequest files for 2013

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 2013.

Tapestry, part 3 of 3

This time we continue our discussion of the computer and tablet application Tapestry.

Innovator Andrew Dowling talks about the process involved in the development of the application.

Original Broadcast Date 10.01.2013

Botox – its use in stroke recovery

Few realise that the deadly poison Botox was originally developed to treat debilitating diseases such as dystonia.

Original Broadcast Date 24.01.2013

Botox – its application for Cerebral Palsy sufferers

Here we explore the use of Botox in the treatment of cerebral palsy.

In this extended episode of Ablequest, we look at what must surely be one of the most satisfying uses of Botox: the treatment of children with cerebral palsy, or CP. CP is a disorder caused by damage to a child's developing brain ‐ usually before birth ‐ which affects movement.

To find out about how Botox is being used here in Australia to treat children with CP, Nicci Lindemann spoke to Brian Hoare. Brian is Senior Occupational Therapist for the Victorian Pediatric Rehabilitation Service at Monash Children's.

Original Broadcast Date 07.02.2013

Botox – its use in the control of drooling

Sialorrhoea or excessive drooling is caused when the sensory motor system responsible for swallowing works less efficiently than normal. This is one of the more distressing effects of stroke, cerebral palsy or other neurological conditions and is not onl

Original Broadcast Date 21.02.2013

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Smart Wheelchair

In this episode we investigate a smart wheelchair controlled with a "neuroswitch".

In a previous edition of Ablequest we looked at an Australian development called "Neuroswitch".

This technology allowed people with severe mobility difficulties to control a variety of devices using the nervous impulses normally sent to a muscle which is seemingly inert or inactive.

In this episode we look at an alternative approach in which a wheelchair is controlled by brain activity and head movement as well as being able to make some navigational decisions of its own.

The system's developer Dr Jordan Nguyen of the University of Technology Sydney, explains the system, how it works and how it came to be.

Original Broadcast Date 07.03.2013

TASC, part 1 of 2

In this episode we explore a Cerebral Palsy Alliance initiative, TASC.

Original Broadcast Date 04.04.2013

TASC, part 2 of 2

This is the second episode exploring TASC.

Original Broadcast Date 18.04.2013

James Newton – Accessibility Specialist Part: 1

A discussion with James Newton.

Original Broadcast Date 03.05.2013


Cochlear Implant Pt 1

A user's perspective

Faye Yarroll talks about her experience as a Cochlear Implant recipient

Original Broadcast Date 17.05.2013


Cochlear Implant Pt 2

Individual suitability

Faye Yarroll continues her discussion and talks about individual assessment for suitability of this device.

Original Broadcast Date 31.05.2013


Accessible Products pt 1

We look at Apple's range of accessible products

David Woodbridge of Vision Australia discusses the current product line from Apple from the perspective of accessibility

Original Broadcast Date 14.06.2013


World CP Day Pt 1

Introduction to World Cerebral Palsy Day

This program introduces World CP day: what it is and why it has been established

Original Broadcast Date 28.06.2013


Accessible Street Signs

An initiative of the City of Sydney is discussed

Laurie Johnston from the City of Sydney discusses a pilot program in which Braille signage and other accessibility options are being trialled in Sydney streets

Original Broadcast Date 09.08.2013


Technology from Guide Dogs NSW/ACT

Accessible Technology from Guide Dogs NSW/ACT is discussed

This subject is discussed by Nicole Holmes from Guide Dogs NSW/ACT

Original Broadcast Date 23.08.2013


Accessibility options for Amazon Products

The various options for Amazon Kindle(TM) products are discussed.

Having previously discussed Apple's products, in this episode David Woodbridge from Vision Australia, turns his attentions to the various offerings from Amazon.

Original Broadcast Date 06.09.2013


Saffron for Eye Treatment

Developments in the treatment of Macular Degeneration using Saffron.

Professor Jonathan Stone of Sydney University discusses research into the use of the spice Saffron for the treatment of age induced Macular Degeneration.

Original Broadcast Date 18.10.2013


SeeAbility Garden

The SeeAbility Garden at the Chelsea Flower Show

In this episode we visit the 2013 Chelsea Flower Show and in particular, visit the accessible SeeAbility Garden. This is specifically designed for those with sight impairment.

Original Broadcast Date 15.11.2013


Access All Areas Film Festival

The Access All Areas Film Festival is designed to promote cinema inclusiveness FOR those with a disability.

This is the first of a series of programs concerned with Accessible Arts. this time We speak with Corina Libby, Festival Manager, about the festival's genesis and purpose.

Original Broadcast Date 29.11.2013


Accessible Arts.

Accessible Arts is concerned with providing opportunities for those with disability, to participate in various artistic endeavours.

Sancha Donald CEO of the organization, discusses the vision, activities and services provided by Accessible Arts.

Original Broadcast Date 13.12.2013

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