After noticing changes in her body and speech clarity, Townsville local Natasha was in her 20’s when she was diagnosed with an extremely rare and progressive condition that affects the brain, spinal cord and nervous system, known as Leukodystrophy.
Not about to let her condition impact her independence, Natasha sought the professional help of a speech pathologist and was consequently referred to LifeTec to participate in their Imagine Seek Choose Live pathway to determine the best solutions for her specific needs.
LifeTec Services Manager Helen Bates-Wilson says the local LifeTec team has been with Natasha every step of the way on her journey to finding the right assistive technology (AT) to give her the level of independence she desires.
“Natasha worked with our speech pathologist Jessica to learn more about communication technology options, as well as helping her to seek NDIS funding for the equipment she needed,” Helen explains.
“Our occupational therapist Katie has also worked closely with Natasha, her family, and a building consultant to find bathroom modification solutions to allow her to maintain safety and independence in her own home. Once the home modifications are completed, we’ll review the new setup to make sure it’s working effectively for Natasha’s needs now and well into the future.”
As a social enterprise, LifeTec’s purpose is to connect people and communities through assistive technology to enable their aspirations.
“We form a partnership with consumers and co-design solutions to give them complete control and autonomy,” Helen says.
“We believe everyone has the right to live a meaningful active and independent life with respect and dignity.”
Connecting people to the lives they want to lead; that’s what the LifeTec team do best.
Contact LifeTec today to discuss your options. Call 1300 543 383