Bassendean: Technology Assisting Disability WA hosts Singaporean Ministry of Social and Family Development


John Smith (Electronics Technician) and Bob Whitaker (CEO of TADWA). Picture: David Baylis
John Smith (Electronics Technician) and Bob Whitaker (CEO of TADWA). Picture: David Baylis

TECHNOLOGY Assisting Disability WA (TADWA) in Bassendean hosted a successful visit from Singapore’s Ministry of Social and Family Development on November 23.

TADWA is a not-for-profit organisation providing solutions for people with disabilities and improve their independence, quality and enjoyment of life.

The event featured presentations and workshops on TADWA’s services, occupational therapy, home modifications and equipment services for people with disabilities, older people and carers.

Chief executive Bob Whitaker said the visitors gained knowledge and information to take back to Singapore and include within their disability and aged care services.

“During a tour of our workshops the delegation were shown examples of aids and equipment that we have built or modified to suit individual requirements,” he said.

“These include TADWA’s Beach Trekker (beach wheelchair), Freedom Wheels bikes for children and adults with disabilities and portable shower and toilet.”

Mr Whitaker said the Singapore delegates first contacted TADWA to request a visit.

“They were interested to learn more about using technology to encourage independence and improve the well-being people with disabilities, the age and their carers in various settings such as the home environment, work place and in leisure activities,” he said.

“The Singapore delegates were in Perth for one week, visiting a number of organisations who provide services to people with disability, older people and their carers.”

Mr Whitaker said the event was mutually beneficial and was an opportunity to share experiences with the Singapore delegates.