Kymberly Martin

Happy Christmas to all our readers as F2L wraps up another year

Merrry Christmas FINAL

This is the last issue of F2L for 2017. We publish our first newsletter for 2018 on January 10. From the team at F2L we wish you all a Happy Christmas and Peaceful New Year, thank you for your support in 2017 and the very pleasing response to our new website and newsletter.

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It was another big year for the disability sector which started and ended with the NDIS that continues as the most-clicked stories. Also drawing a strong response from our readers was the call to action to fix reading difficulties in schools and disability parking permits in Queensland.  Technology news that caught attention included apps for home modifications, the Hug wearable device for children with autism and the GlassOuse assistive device for people with limited hand function. There was also a constant stream of innovative new products that caught readers interest.

The year ended with changes to the ATSA board, with three new members, Peak Care Equipment general manager Chris Jones, GTK general manager, George Ajaka and Permobil Australia managing director, Owen Dawes, elected at the AGM in November. ATSA executive officer, David Sinclair said a highlight of the year was the record breaking attendance at the Living Expos in Sydney and Brisbane. He told F2L preparations are well underway for the Melbourne and Perth events that are approaching a sell-out. Sinclair also spoke about the ATSA member survey that provided data that enabled concerns regarding the NDIS rollout to be raised. ATSA is also encouraging members to contact their MP about the latest campaign to introduce new restrictions on mobility scooters.

For more information visit: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-12-07/senate-committee-to-investigate-mobility-scooter-safety/9233780

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F2L has selected these Christmas gift ideas for children with disability: So simple and so fun! This bristle ball is the right texture to help little ones explore objects and engage in back and forth play! https://www.kidstuff.com.au/first-play-bristle-ball/

Help your little one to develop balance and spend time on their tummies with this fun water mat! https://www.kidstuff.com.au/first-play-fun-water-mat/

The fidget cube for older children is a popular way to keep calm and small enough to stay in a pocket. https://www.mydiffability.com.au/products/fidget-cube

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