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mobility and assistive technology Link writer Julie Moss talks state-of-the-art communication devices with Zyteq CEO, Tracey Bode. Word-Up! T racey (pictured) is passionate ... has broken down the teamwork,” about alternative and the device and operate it, it needs to augmentative communication. be positioned where you can use it, it “Guiding people through that needs to be charged and maintained. process of consultation, assessment Her company, Zyteq, operates from headquarters in Port Melbourne “Then there is the communications and specialises in communication side … voice or spelling out your devices with access switches. message or using symbols.” A registered Speech Pathologist, She said this levels the playing Tracey said. and trialling devices has become a bigger part of what we do. “Our aim is to help people do awesome things with technology. Tracey set up Zyteq 10 years ago after field with e-communications like It’s as simple as that. Because it’s a career specialising in disability. email or SMS. Connectivity with not just about communication Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and infra-red can anymore. It’s about finding the of two Speech Pathologists, an be used for environmental control right equipment for that person Education Specialist, a Technician, such as turning on the lights or TV. so they can meet their goals. two Administrators and a Consulting This area requires a high level of staff Occupational Therapist. expertise and is support-intensive. different way (can help). We know that Zyteq employs a core staff “What’s special about this “Even setting things up in a There were centres of excellence implementation is the key to success. communication area is the range of around the country, but that’s I’d like to highlight that as the key access methods … eye gaze or head changed with the NDIS. takeaway. It’s not about the device tracking or switch control – activated 40 “You need to be able to access “They were really key people. They with your foot, a puff of air or an eye were block-funded or charitable and blink,” Tracey said. now that’s gone. The new system mobility and assistive technology in the end, it’s about supporting the project and the person.” www.zyteq.com.au linkonline.com.au