Andrew Constance, Minister for Disability Services and
Bill Phippen OAM, President TAD Disability Services, accepting
the 2012 NSW disability Industry Innovation Award – Innovation
in Independent Living Category.
Last year TAD Disability Services, based in Northmead won the 2012 Disability Industry Innovation Award for Innovation in Independent Living.
An example of the innovative, cost effective solutions TAD provides can be drawn from John’s story. John uses a wheelchair and attends classes at a community college where he must use a stair climber device to reach his classroom. John found that the stair climber could not accommodate his new wheelchair and the manufacturer could offer no solution other than an expensive new model. John approached TAD and volunteer Jim, a recently retired mechanical engineer, designed and developed a custom bracket, at a cost of less than $50 and within a week.
The NSW Disability Industry Innovation Awards for 2013 are now open for nominations. National Disability Services and the NSW Government are asking the community to nominate creative and innovative individuals and service providers. The Awards formally recognise and celebrate excellence in innovation demonstrated by the people and organisations that make a difference in the lives of people with disability.
“Receiving an Award is a testament to the exceptional collaboration between TAD’s volunteers, staff, clients and supporters. It is their talent, dedication and creativity that solves problems and breaks down barriers for people with disabilities,” TAD Chief Executive Officer, Alan McGregor.
In this time of significant sector reform, encouraging and rewarding the innovation typified by TAD Disability Services is crucial for dynamic and progressive disability services and a positive transition to DisabilityCare Australia.
DisabilityCare Australia and the provision of support services to people with disability has been a prominent issue of late. DisabilityCare will become a reality in the Hunter Region of NSW launch site starting from July 1 this year. Under DisabilityCare individuals with disability will have choice and control over the services they access and the service providers they use, based on plans that support their goals and are right for their circumstances. Organisations all across NSW have been preparing for DisabilityCare, and the Disability Industry Innovation Awards are an opportunity for outstanding NSW services to be recognised as role models.
All members of the community are encouraged to make nominations for the Awards.
To find out more and to download a nomination form visit www.nds.org.au/nswdiia
Nominations close at 5pm on May 31, 2013.