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A new kind of independence for people with a disability

Story shared by: Bob Whitaker – Technology Assisting Disability WA (TADWA)

“Our job is to improve the lives of people with a disability, the aged and their carers. So there is a big need for what we do and always will be, especially with WA’s ageing population.

“Amongst our challenges was that our old building was owned by Disability Services Commission. I approached the Town of Bassendean and they agreed in principle to provide us with land. Next I approached Lotterywest and the rest is history.

“Lotterywest was the major funding partner. We had an architect design a universal-type building with wide corridors and doorways to accommodate wheelchairs.

“Thousands of people with disabilities, from babies through to those in their 90’s have been helped by our services.

“The most important thing that churns me up emotionally, and I’m very close to tears, is when I look out that window and see a little kid riding up and down screaming and laughing because they are so excited.

“That kid probably can’t walk but can ride one of our modified bikes. That moves me more than anything.

“If it hadn’t been for Lotterywest getting us to this level, the little kid would probably never have got the opportunity to do that.”

Watch this story about Liam’s lived experience.


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