Des Ryan at Inclusive Technologies Expo 2016.
Des Ryan at Inclusive Technologies Expo 2016. Allan Reinikka ROK241116ades1

Technology helping people live longer

"I was lucky in a way, that I survived and that I didn't lose everything, or that I wasn't a total C3 quadriplegic...”

When Des Ryan was 14 he was involved in a firearm accident that left him a partial quadriplegic. Now nearly 50 years on Des, a past recipient of the Order of Australia for hisservices to people with a disbility, tells the Morning Bulletin how technological advancements have helped improve the life and health of quadriplegics.

"All these tehcnology advancements have managed to keep me healthy, which is a long period of time for a quadriplegic,” Des said.

"People with quadriplegia and spinal injuries are living longer because of the advances...it's not just computer technology, it's everyday living technology.”

"I was lucky to have, along the way, found some of these technologies that helped me an awful lot, and at the time it took a lot of people to get different technologies going.”

"I can remember meeting with the guy from Spectronics...and he had three or four people from Telstra...advising us on trying to find a mobile phone solution that would fit into a car kit or into my wheelchair that would auto answer and it was just brilliant,”.

”They found an Ericson, and this would have been twenty years ago now, and for its time it was 'wow' and when I answered the phone everyone in close distance could hear the phone message but it was a fantastic solution for me at the time."

Des was part of the committee that organised the Inclusive Technologies Expo 2016 on Thursday at the Frenchville Sports Club to showcase the technologies that are available to assist people with disabilties to live more independently.

The Expo included inclusive technology workshops, virtual reality presentations and stalls from Link Assistive, Quantum, CQ Mobility and much more.



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