Living with OT can be made easier with all sorts of gadgets, aids and clever toys to help in the home and when out and about.
Below are the details of some of these, particularly when individuals are able to recommend them based on personal experience and when they are available in Australia (fancy gadgets that the supplier won’t ship to Australia are not a lot of help to us).
|Item||Available in Australia From||Comments|
|MiniMax Collapsible Stool||https://www.minimaxstool.com/||This is the stool Moira Gibbens had at the 2019 Melbourne conference. Even though they are made in Israel, they will ship to Australia|
|Peak Canvas Seat Cane / Portable Seat Rest||https://at-aust.org/items/1669||This is the model that Di Toner had at the 2019 Melbourne Conference.|
|Walking Stick with Seat||https://ilsau.com.au/product/tripod-seat-stick/||Colleen McDonell has used this folding seat extensively, especially when travelling overseas.|
|Lightweight Roller with Seat||Multiple brands and models are available from most mobility aids suppliers.||These modern units (usually carbon fibre construction) are durable and lightweight (some as little as 5kg). They provide stability in the home, and more importantly, when out and about or travelling. The seat (with a back support) is most useful when you’re forced to stop for a queue or someone wants to have a “chat”.|
|StudyMyTremor app||https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/studymytremor/id533088021||We have contacted the developer and unfortunately the app is only available for iPhone devices, so Android users are out of luck.|
|https://www.orthostatictremor.org/ot-travel-card.html||This is a special “I have a movement disorder called Orthostatic Tremor …” disability sticker, wallet card and luggage tag. Print it off, laminate it and attach it to your hand luggage or walker. Can make a big difference at airports and train stations.|
The orthostatictremor.org website also contains a lot of other travel-related information (including links for specific airlines).