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ech is an organisation set
a group of enthusiastic
talented professionals to take new and emerging technologies and apply them
to the needs of
physical and mental disabilities. The
may be a result of
illness, accident o
r the aging process.
The organisation is a not for profit one which
to be funded
government grants, private gifts and payment for services where
appropriate. Any profits made by the organisation will be returned to the organisation’s researc
h and development so that those most in need
are able to utilise the most up to date technologies available.
The organisation has evolved from the initial work of the late Ben Brown who
physically disabled and planned
and built a
was fully automated,
allowing him to live alone and fairly independently. In the area of the house where he lived
all the functions
were controlled by voice commands. His need for carers was reduced significantly which meant that his living costs w
ere reduced, he had
more control over his
and his dependence on others was
substantially. Subsequent to his death, his family and friends decided
that his legacy live on with his efforts being continued and
ped, employing new t
others with disabilities
have a need.
to the modern home as more than protection from wind, rain and
it as an all
embracing means of
meeting our complex set of needs for communication, mobility, care and effi
ciency. This need is
even more important
for those who are
so it is fitting that we should
aim our developments at
As a result of the above Ben
ech has made its maiden project the
two years and is due for
completion in April 2015.
is a not for profit o
whose members work largely voluntarily unless they are paid under
project funding such as the Ben
s House Project
a substantial State government grant, private gifts and payment
for services where appropriate.
profits made by the organisation will be fed back into the organisation’s research and development
to ensure that the most up to date
technologies are made available to those who can benefit from them.
will seek to run its project by a
of relevant stakeholders
In the case of the Bens House Project it
is guided by a
steering committee with a membership of half from the original founders of BAT and half from the My Place Foundatio
n. My Place is a not
profit, incorporated as
sociation established to receive and manage direct care service funding allocated to those who do not want the hassle
of administering their own support, but still want a say in how, when, where and by whom that support is provided.
My Place is the receive
r and administrator of all donations and grant money for BAT. This enables those involved with BAT to focus their
efforts on the research and development role for which it was established.
My Place is approved by the Australian Government as a Deductible
ift Recipient which means that any gifts to BAT made through My Place are considered fully tax deductible.
Some of those working for BAT are working on a paid basis but most of the efforts by BAT participants are done on a voluntary
BAT has establis
hed a base in the newly completed Mosman Park Community Men’s Shed
on Tom Perrot Reserve in Mosman
Park. BAT has leased space for an office and electronics area in the MPCMS
as well as having access to
workshop facilities an
meeting room. As an added benefit to being in the MPCMS, some of the members of the Shed
have become actively involved
in the BAT
research and development activities.
During the initial two year
s House Project
a needs survey
n to determine
the disability and frail aged sectors. The results of this research will guide the planning of this and further projects for
Over a short period of time BenT
a group of highly capable, innovative and creative people who are
very committed to the organisation
his group have a very wide range of skills. The core work of the organisation is in the fields of
but the organisation also has access to therapists, business advisors, lawyer
in the aged and disability sector.
THE STEERING COMMITTEE
Managing Director of the Project
industrial design and teaching, in design and technology teaching in secondary education, experience
secondary design and
technology teaching, establishing and operating small businesses, design, developing and patenting new equipment.
Prof. Marc Tennant
Founder and consultant
Winthrop Professor UWA, extensive experience
research and development in the dental, medical and research areas, strong advocate of
social justice for low income communities.
Dr Derek Milton
experience in business establishment and consultation, lecturing UWA, software engineering and practical experience with voic
Founder and Director
Training in design and technology teaching, physics and
engineering, extensive experience in secondary and tertiary education as a teacher,
Head of Department and Deputy Principal and university lecturer, experience in designing and developing.
Dr Phil Deschamp
Consultant and Mentor
A Director of My Place F
oundation with extensive experience in the fields of
earlier roles include chairing the
Board of the Quadriplegic Centre, the Ministerial Advisory Council for Disability Services and the Disability Services Commis
Dr Tony Ryan
Chairman of the Steering Committee
Lecturer and researcher in Curtin and Notre Dame Universities, Director of the Broome Campus of Notre Dame
and Quality Management on
the Fremantle Campus. Tony has extensive experience in survey structure, implementation and analysis.
Dr Greg Lewis
Clinical Psychologist who has worked in the disability field for 30 years.
has been the Direc
tor of Country Services and a member of the
Corporate Executive of the Disabilities Services Commission.
Greg was formally National President of the Australian Society for the Study of
Intellectual Disability and of National Disability Services. He is at
present Executive Director of EDGE Employment Solutions
employment agency he founded.
Mr Peter Dunn
Executive member of the board of My Place (WA) Pty Ltd
experience in working and designing services
with a disability and their families.
Peter has worked as a teacher and a principal with the
West Australian Education Department and
inaugural Local Area Coordinator for the Lower Great Southern region of Western Australia with Disabili
ty Services Commission.
Advisory and Consulting
abrielle Brown (
Teacher with specialisation in ESL and library studies, c
hair of several not for profit organisations, volunteer for a disability organisation and
experience with persons with a disability
Denham Dunstall (Technical consultant)
Extensive background in electronics, software development and mechatronics
at present the Director of
Exhibition Design and Development
and Marketing Consultant)
At present the CEO of two consulting organisations and has been CEO of large national companies and chair of a national not f
(Voice recognition Consultant)
Talia has extensive experience in
voice recognition. She has work in sales, training and re configuration of Naturally Speaking software.
for the Ben’s House Project
ordinate the adapt
existing homes and to design
new homes to enabl
e independent living for people with
disabilities. This service may end up extending beyond the home int
o recreational and work spaces.
will provide advice, co
ordinate trade services, provide products and components to assist the customer
and fully install
living assistance systems and the necessary controls.
will establish a website to provide assistance to people seeking help in this area and to provide a link for associated servi
such as occupational therapists, arch
itects, and the carers of people with disabilities.
will have a building available to the public so they can view the various devices
, to provide workshop facilities to
develop specialized components as well as laboratory faci
lities for the development of software and meeting rooms for the co
and development of services.
will use the services of a full time
manager, secretarial assistance
labour for the various skills required for
tallation and maintenance of systems, both voluntary and paid work in the development and manufacture of specialised equipmen
will be overseen by a small board of directors who will be responsible for the administration of resources and
procurement of funds and resources rel
to the operation of the organization. The manager will be responsible to the board and recruited
by the board.
will be largely
by way of memberships and sale of services but wil
l be not
profit with all surpluses
enhancement of the lives of people with disabilities. The allocation of surplus funds will be the responsibility of the
will assist in the protection of intel
lectual property for individuals and be licensed to use this intellectual property in the
provision of its services.
Where appropriate the intellectual property will also be marketed to able bodied people on a commercial basis to assist in th
will provide a forum and facility for groups of interested people to develop new technologies related to improving the
independent lives of disabled persons.
will stock and supply key equipment for the automation of homes providing
installers a one stop shop for procuring key
BEN’S HOUSE PROJECT
first project will be known as Ben’s House Project and will be
developed and implemented
My Place Foundation.
the first two years
ch Assistive Technologies will es
tablish the concept of an automated house design
under the banner of Ben’s
House project (BHP)
that utilises new technologies and
designed to suit
range of disabilities
The aim of the Ben
s House Project is to research, develop and implement a
of home automation devices a
nd an integrated control
to operate them suitable for a range of disabilities. In addition an installation centre
is to be established to carry forward the
development in the future.
A needs survey will be the starting
point of the BHP and
will be conducted with a group of twenty five My Place clients with
, as well as those who
se abilities are affected by the aging process.
The analysis of the survey result will provide
guidance and priorities for the project’s directions.
The systems developed as a result of the project will make living
in their own residence easier and more comfortable for
in this specific group
This concept plan will provide detailed information on how such systems can be implemented, sources of personnel to undertake
implementation, training on how systems
are used and actual examples of how
systems operate. In the latter case a model of an
automated house will be produced, a video demonstrating how automated house systems can aid disabled persons and a house will
retrofitted with a variety of actual
can have hands on experience of the benefits of automation. Th
to interested members of the public.
The key sponsor of the Ben’s House Project is the Government of Western Australia
through the Department for Communities. The
Department for Communities has given BenTech Assistive Technologies a substantial grant to establish an organisation to resea
develop state of the art systems
to aid those with
physical and mental disabil
ities, as well as those whose abilities are affected by the aging
This grant is for a period of two years.
Tom Kendall, Managing Director of Mintrex Engineering Pty Ltd has made a serious donation of money over the first twelve mont
hs to provide
a “kick start” to the project. As well as his monetary contribution Tom has arranged for some of his staff to volunteer their
time as consultants
to the project,
Tim Brown, the older brother of Ben made a cash donation to
the project in its early days
to get the project established.
John and Pat
Allen, parents of the project’s Managing Director, have made a cash donation to the project.
BenTech Assistive Technologies and its first project
Ben’s House Project
very dependent on the enormous contribution that has been
committed by the volunteers. These volunteers have, even before the official start of the project, donated their time
to a wide range
of tasks that are require
for a project of this siz
e and complexity.
The Mosman Park Community Men’s Shed
through its committee and its members
has been a keen and active supporter of the project.
The Brown family
and will be
forever grateful to those who have committed their
make this vision a
Links to the newsletters
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BenTech Assistive Technolog
Mosman Park Men’s Community Shed
Tom Perrott Reserve, McCabe Street
Mosman Park 6012
Tony Brown (Founder)
Phone: (08) 9386 3449 Mobile: 0439 165 758
17 York Street, Sub
iaco 6008 Western Australia
Telephone: (08) 6380 2927
Facsimile: (08) 9388 7979
Postal Address: PO Box 869 Subiaco 6904
Mosman Park Community Men’s Shed
Tom Perrott Reser
ve, McCabe Street, Mosman Park
Telephone: (08) 9383 3354