Open days to help mark International Wheelchair Day
A number of open days are being held across Adelaide today as part of International Wheelchair Day, which celebrates the positive role wheelchairs can play in the lives of people with a disability.
Events are being held around the world today to highlight the role wheelchairs can play in making the world a more accessible place for people with mobility issues.
Disabilities Minister Tony Piccolo and Kelly Vincent MLC will tour the Independent Living Centre (ILC) at the Department of Communities and Social Inclusion as part of the day.
Mr Piccolo said wheelchairs can provide an unparalleled source of freedom and independence that allow people with a disability to fully engage in life.
"International Wheelchair Day provides a chance to reflect on the daily challenges faced by people in a wheelchair, and the many barriers which still exist.
"The ILC provides free personalised information and advice on equipment, technology and techniques to help people living with disability improve their quality of life and maintain their independence.
"The ILC is staffed by occupational therapists and a registered nurse, and is open to the public from 9am to 5pm weekdays."
International Wheelchair Day was first established in 2008 by Steve Wilkinson, a well known UK-based speaker and trainer on disability.
The day is also aimed at looking at ways to provide the tens of millions of people globally that need a wheelchair but are unable to acquire one.
Mr Piccolo is encouraging South Australians to attend one of the following open days:
- The Independent Living Centre will be offering tours (including up-to-date information on wheelchairs and equipment) on the hour from 10am to 3pm at 11 Blacks Road, Gilles Plains. For more information call (08) 8266 5260 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- The Domiciliary Equipment Service will be offering tours on the hour from 10am to 3pm at Building 4, 300 Richmond Road, Netley. For more information call (08) 8193 1232 or email@example.com
- The Domiciliary Care Wheelchair and Seating Clinic will be offering tours on the hour from 10am to 3pm at 21A Belmore Terrace, Woodville. For more information call (08) 8440 6760 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Novita Children's Services will display past and present children's wheelchairs at 171 Days Road, Regency Park SA 5010. For more information call (08) 8349 2002 or email@example.com