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Increasing community access with custom-made equipment

12 November, 2020

For the October meeting, the Western (Ballarat - Bacchus Marsh) Regional Network learned about Solve Disability Solutions and how they are increasing access at home and in the community.

The Network welcomed Tim, Recreational Development Coordinator, to the group. Tim explained that Solve Disability Solutions is a not-for-profit organisation specialising in custom-made assistive technology for people living with disability. Solve's volunteer engineers can build or modify assistive equipment to suit the individual's needs. Tim invites the group to check out the website for examples of the volunteer engineer's innovative creations. Solve also welcomes anyone to become volunteer engineers in their regional area or to support their local community events.

Wheelchair baby-seat

Wheelchair baby seat

Solve's services is funded by all funding bodies or can also be self-funded. Often, the cost of custom-made assistive equipment can be lower than commercial brands.

The Network discussed leisure activities that they wanted to try now that lockdown is easing - such as lawn bowling, gardening and golf - and agreed that organisations like Solve can support one to become more independent and enjoy new activities.

Tim also explained his role is to increase access to sports, recreation and leisure activities in regional areas. Examples include working with Parks Victoria to put in accessible boat ramps, building a bow-holder for archery clubs, or supporting community leisure centres to be more accessible with ramp access.

It was an enjoyable discussion to learn how different organisations, such as Solve and Sports Central, have continued to work on increasing accessibility in regional Victoria during this challenging year. The Network hopes to work more closely with these organisations in 2021.

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Thursday, 19 Nov 2020

12:30 PM

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