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Free information center for technical equipment

LIFEtool offers counseling and workshops to inform about technical equipment, special software and financial support for persons with physical disabilities.

In the LIFEtool counseling centers information is provided independently from sale on technical aids and special software for people with disabilities.

David HOFER
About the practice at a glance
Name of Innovative Practice:LIFEtool
Organisation:LIFEtool
Country
of origin
Austria
Beneficiaries targeted All persons with disabilities
Approach/ model/ solution:Giving information and counseling about equipment and special software for persons with disabilities

FACTS & FIGURES

  • 7 LIFEtool information centers
  • 16 languages for LIFEtool software programs
  • 40 countries have LIFEtool products and solutions
  • 100 international distributors worldwide
  • 22,860 hours individual counseling so far
  • 26,000 users worldwide

PROBLEMS TARGETED

Many countries do not offer legal claims for equipment for persons with disabilities. They are often not fully funded and official requests can take a long time. Equipment for medical and vocational rehabilitation is often financed, but usually not for the social rehabilitation.

PROJECT

The LIFEtool advisory network is a charitable organization, supported by Diakonic institutions and promoted by public bodies and sponsors. They offer carers individual, person-oriented consultation; free, independent advice; specialized training and workshops; advice on financial aid opportunities and the opportunity to test the tool for availability in the familiar environment.

CURRENT SITUATION & OUTLOOK

LIFEtool combines realistic educational, psychological, social and integrative knowledge of members of social welfare organisations with the technical, electronic and programming know-how of researchers and developers of the Austrian Institute of Technology. People working with persons with disabilities in everyday life and rehabilitation and especially persons with disabilities themselves give valuable inputs for new projects, diagnosis and therapy. To achieve these aims LIFEtool operates centers in Austria, Serbia and the Czech Republic.

A girl uses a computer to communicate A girl uses a computer to communicate © LIFEtool

CONTACT

Mr. David HOFER
LIFEtool GmbH
Hafenstraße 47-51, 4020 Linz, Austria
+43 732997056
david.hofer@lifetool.at
www.lifetool.at/

Nominated by: Katharina MEICHENITSCH, Diakonie Österreich