Local service providers came to the fore at the Nepean Disability Expo recently.  There were over 100 booths delivering a range of provider services and supplier information to the largely local crowd.

Local girl Naomi enjoyed the company of one of the ponies from the Bushbred Horse Assisted Learning Programs. This ‘hands-on’ program does not involve riding as all activities take place on the ground.  “The programs are an effective mode of cognitive behaviour therapy for those with disability and their community support networks,” said owner Dave Hollier.

Programs can be tailored for all ages, families, education organisations and groups for a variety of development needs that includes behaviour management and special needs. “Participants can explore solutions to life’s challenges, through experiential and experimental interactions with horses,” he said. Ambervale High School is the education base in the Sydney region and a mobile unit operates for programs in Wollondilly, Southern Highlands, regional NSW and other locations on request.

Freedom Motors Australia launched the Freedom Lift & Go mobility scooter lift at the expo. Designed as a safe option for transporting scooters it is easy to use with a one-person operation using a remote control that automatically takes the scooter into the vehicle. Suitable for vans or buses it can lift most mobility scooters up to 175kg as well as powerchairs.

GTK introduced its Pediatric Standing Frame, developed to assist children up to seven years strengthen and stretch leg muscles as well as assisting with the standing position. Legs can be placed on a 30 degree angle and the unit is adjustable and comes with a removable tray table.