Joy Burch is letting the world know that local charity Technical Aid to the Disabled ACT (TADACT) has won the Social Inclusion category in the National Disability Awards.
Since it was established in 1979, TADACT has been helping people with a disability in the ACT overcome obstacles in their lives by developing a range of low-cost, specialised equipment.
During that time it has provided more than 7,100 pieces of equipment to people with a disability.
Among its products are the Kinetic Stander which was created and made by TADACT volunteers and allows children with cerebral palsy to stand up by bearing the weight of their body on their hips. It won the 2010 Australian Institute of Project Management Award in the Not-for-Profit category within the ACT.
Another TADACT product is a customised bicycle which provides a new level of independence to children with a disability by making it easier for them to ride. Modifications can include postural supports, belts, foot cups, towbars, modified handlebars and stabiliser wheels.