Charity Partner: Cerebral Palsy Alliance
Cerebral Palsy Alliance's research and innovation inform its world-class services, which include early childhood intervention, therapy, health and wellbeing, sports, assistive technology, independence skill building, short- and long-term support accommodation and supported employment services.
Cerebral Palsy Alliance believes that every person with a disability is the expert on their own life and we work collaboratively to develop tailored plans that address immediate needs and long-term goals. This model of care is central to how we develop and deliver our services.
Tuggerah’s accessible gym for fitness, strength and mobility
The Primary Club of Australia helped Cerebral Palsy Alliance Tuggerah with a range of new exercise machines for its accessible gym. Mainstream gym equipment is often unsuitable to the needs of people with physical disabilities and specialised equipment is needed to accommodate wheelchairs, ensure safety and enable access.
Young Kaiden Ryan, pictured, lives with cerebral palsy. He was delighted to try out the new recumbent stepper. He came in for a physiotherapy session, saw the bike, jumped straight on and loved it!
New gym equipment at Borinya, Wangaratta Vic
In addition, Cerebral Palsy Alliance's treadmill with harnesses enables its clients to access bodyweight-supported treadmill training, a proven intervention for improving walking speed, and treadmill training to improve walking speed, endurance and gross motor skills. LiteGait QPads make gross motor training fun, as users jump, tap, reach or touch the light up pads – these are great to help children develop balance, jumping and stepping skills.
Additionally, the sports team based in Allambie has new road bikes to help older children transition to recreational bike riding and help talented para-triathletes train for competition. These bikes have been vital in helping kids with disability develop their skills on bikes at training sessions, camps and races.
"Thank you, Primary Club of Australia, for supporting people living with disability," says Shannon Taylor of Cerebral Palsy Alliance.