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Ern and Les Rothschild Volunteering Award

Background Ern Rothschild was a Solve-TAD technical member from 1990 until he passed away in 2007. He and his wife Les were great supporters of the work of Solve-TAD. They both attended VIC Annual General Meetings and functions and took every opportunity to promote the work of Solve-TAD. Ern worked on over 110 projects in his 17 years with Solve-TAD, with products made ranging from items to make personal care easier, to equipment to enable greater participation in vocational and recreational activities. In 2012 Ern’s wife, Les, left a large financial bequest to Solve-TAD in her Will. In honour of both the practical and financial commitment shown by the Rothschild’s to Solve-TAD we dedicate this award to their honour. Read more...

What are the benefits of riding a bike for people living with disability?

Learning to ride a bike is a common childhood milestone and is a lifelong recreational activity for many people (Toovey, Reid, Rawicki, Harvey, & Watt, 2016; MacDonald et al., 2012). Bike riding provides a form of physical activity and encourages social interaction with peers, community and family members (Ulrich, Burghardt, Lloyd, Tiernan, & Hornyak, 2011). Children with disabilities face many challenges, consequently decreasing their opportunities to participate in leisure activities, such as bike riding (Kaljača, Dučić, & Cvijetić, 2019). Read more...

Custom Tipper for the Kitchen

Background: Vicky is 43 years old and has a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis. Vicky was referred to Solve-TAD by her Occupational Therapist Shafinas, for Solve-TAD’s input to create a tipping mechanism to assist her to scrape out the contents from pans, pots and bowls during her meal preparation. Vicky’s Occupational Therapist was inspired by a previous bowl tipper project that was advertised as an example of unique solutions on Solve-TAD’s website. Read more...

Solve-TAD acknowledges the traditional owners of country throughout Australia and recognises their continuing connection to land, waters and community. We pay our respects to them and their cultures and to elders past, present and emerging.