Thanks to a $1500 donation from the Bayswater and Noranda Community Bank branches of Bendigo Bank, Toby Gill (aged 9) and Liam Avion (aged 19) have had bicycles modified for their special needs.
The Freedom Wheels program run by TADWA (Technology Assisting Disability WA) designs and modifies bikes and trikes to suit the individual needs of adults and children with a disability.
“TADWA Freedom Wheels is about giving a person with a disability the ability to enjoy a new found sense of fun and independence,” John Otago Customised Aids and Equipment Manager from TADWA said.
“With the help of the TADWA Occupational Therapists and the highly skilled and innovative team of TADWA technicians, people with a disability can now enjoy greater mobility and a form of recreation previously unavailable to them.
“Toby has autism and ADHD and Liam was diagnosed with autism and is non-verbal, so the new bikes will give them more mobility, greater freedom and change their lives for the better.” Mr Otago said.
In 2015, TADWA was the winner of the Telstra Business Centre Belmont Customer Service Award in the Belmont Small Business Awards and the Best Community Not For Profit Organisation Award in the CEBA Business Awards.
TADWA (Technology Assisting Disability WA) helps improve the quality and enjoyment of life of people with disabilities, older people and those caring for them, through the application of technology.
TADWA is the only organisation that provides a client with an assessment completed by an Occupational therapist, who then works with technicians to design a solution.
Other awards include:
- 2014 National Disability Awards winner in the category “Improving Personal and Community Support”
- 2014 CEBA Small Business Awards winner of the “Best Environmentally Sustainable Business”
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