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Understanding AT product risk

AT ranges from the simple to the complex. You may need the help of an AT assessor to determine the right AT solution for your needs.

We use 2 product risk categories (‘low’ and ‘higher’) to assess the complexity of your AT needs.

Low risk AT products are:

  • unlikely to cause harm in day-to-day life
  • available for trial and / or can be purchased in retail stores
  • easy to set up and safely use without professional advice.

Higher risk AT products may be one or all of the following:

  • complex, such as a power wheelchair
  • known to have caused harm
  • used for a restrictive practice
  • require professional advice, setup or training for safe use.

Refer to the Assistive technology product risk table for a detailed explanation of different risk levels of AT that will help you identify, find and access the AT you need.