Nedlands Independent Living Centre team win Disability Support award

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ILC Schools Team members Alison Senior, Jen Blaxill and Tanith Brien were presented with their award by Commission Secretary Kane Blackman of the Insurance Commission of WA. Picture: Ross Swanborough.
493361pa ILC Schools Team members Alison Senior, Jen Blaxill and Tanith Brien were presented with their award by Commission Secretary Kane Blackman of the Insurance Commission of WA. Picture: Ross Swanborough.

NEDLANDS Independent Living Centre (ILC) WA schools team has won big at the National Disability Services WA Disability Support Awards.

The team were named winners of the Excellence in Innovation award at Crown Perth earlier this month.

They were nominated for the Engaging in Eye Gaze: Collaborating and Consulting with Schools Project, in which they trialled eye gaze technology and how it could support school students with complex physical needs.

The technology would allow the user to control a computer or communication device using the movement of their eyes.

Project leader and ILC Speech Pathologist Tanith Brien said the project involved about 50 students from nine schools around WA.

“As well as supporting students to communicate and learn, the technology is a great tool for helping them to develop skills for play,” she said.