Who We Are
Our HistoryIn October 1979 a group of people gathered at a Canberra health centre to hear about what was being done interstate to help people with a disability. Technical Aid to the Disabled ACT (TADACT) was established in response to this meeting and is proud to have served the community for nearly 40 years.
Our AimTADACT is a not-for-profit organisation that aims to improve quality of life for our clients and their carers in Canberra and the surrounding NSW region by increasing their physical independence and providing opportunities for them to participate in activities that may have previously proven too difficult or even impossible.
Our ProductsTADACT achieves this aim by maintaining the capability to think, design, create and modify outside of the box. With a team of volunteers whose skills range from engineering to sewing and an occupational therapist on staff, TADACT is able to make a big difference in the lives of children and adults with a disability and older people by providing assistive equipment that problem-solves for the individual. Some examples of our recent work include:
- a canopy designed and manufactured for a motorised scooter, which now enables its user, who has a disability, to travel to and from work independently, irrespective of weather conditions
- the addition of a metal bar by a qualified engineer to a walking frame for a 2 year old by with cerebral palsy, for whom the walker would have been otherwise unsuitable
- a modified splint to enable grasp of a kick-board for swimming, a forearm support to enable use of a bicycle handlebar and a one-handed fishing rod all to be used by a 6 year old girl missing most of her right hand below the wrist joint
- rehabilitation platforms for Calvary Hospital that enable patients to practice on curb-height steps as they regain their mobility following an injury or illness
- made-to-measure bathroom steps for both Hughes Primary School and the Southern Cross Early Childhood School in Scullin