An Assistive Technology Practitioner is defined as:
- An Credentialled Assessor under the Ministry of Health scheme
- An ACC approved Assistive Technology assessor and/or provider
- A member of a related professional body e.g. speech-language therapist, occupational therapist, teacher, psychologist) working or seeking to work in assistive technology service provision
- Managers of services who are actively involved in the provision or development of direct services in Assistive Technology.
An Associate Member includes:
- Assistive Technology Suppliers (ATS). An ATS is defined as any supplier who is involved with the sale or service of rehabilitation equipment, assistive technology and commercially available products and devices.
- Families and Assistive Technology users.
Only Practitioner members may vote at the AGM or stand as Trustees.
ATANZ recognizes the importance of supporting all AT suppliers and providing equal opportunities for suppliers to market their products at Conferences and other Continuing Education events. The Trust expects that all ATANZ members act in a professional manner and do not bring into disrepute other members. In agreeing to membership, ATANZ members have agreed to these terms.
ATANZ also recognises the contributions that AT suppliers have given to the development of the Trust through sponsorship at conferences, contributing at professional development events and through promoting the aims of the Trust to consumers. It is ATANZ policy that any potential conflicts of interest will be made known to the membership via the ATANZ website.
The member’s section of the ATANZ website is under further development. It is planned to provide members, including users of assistive technology, a means of sharing ideas and resources.
NOTE: For the purposes of ATANZ, assistive technology is defined as “any item, piece of equipment or product system whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified or customised that is used to increase or improve functional capabilities of people with disabilities” (Cook and Hussey)
These criteria are a guide only. The Trustees reserve the right to evaluate appropriate membership on a case by case basis.