International China Concern (ICC)

Community Outreach – Changsha city, China
Although China is experiencing rapid economic growth there remains a deficit in social welfare for the disadvantaged, especially the disabled. Hundreds of thousands of babies and children with disabilities continue to be abandoned each year.

ICC believes that WHERE a child lives should not dictate IF that child lives.

Specialized training for Chinese nationals working in social welfare is limited and many have little or no understanding of how to care for those with special needs. This leads to high child mortality rates. In many state-run orphanages

Grace Homestead

Materials For a Disabled Toilet
Grace Homestead is a facility in the Lockyer Valley, which caters specifically for mothers who are struggling with a substance use disorder and mental health condition.

The facility will enable a mother, with up to two children, to seek treatment while continuing to care

International China Concern

En Quan Yuan Project, based in Changsha, Hunan Province (China)
Founded in 1993 by David Gotts, International China Concern (ICC) exists to help the disadvantaged live life to the full. They believe every child is precious and has the right to be loved, to have hope for the future and the opportunity to realize their dreams. ICC believes that where a child lives should not dictate if that child lives.

Suneden Special School

Junior School playground equipment
Suneden Special School was founded in 1943 and is the only independent, not-for-profit, non- denominational special school in South Australia. The school provides a caring and educationally stimulating environment for approximately 65 students aged 5 to 21 years with intellectual and multiple physical disabilities.

Tutti Ensemble Inc.

Exercise equipment
Begun in 2004, the Performing Arts program is one of Tutti’s core programs and involves 16 young adults with intellectual disability working three days a week with professional artists to develop their voice, movement and drama skills. Together they form our Performing Arts Ensemble which has produced two original works and been involved in collaborations with State Opera, Cirkidz and other Adelaide companies. The aim of this program is to develop professional pathways for the performers involved, and some are already sought after as singers, actors and movement artists.

A growing focus of Tutti’s  programmes is to increase the physical activity of participants.

Down Syndrome SA (DSSA)

Dance Down performance troupe costumes
Founded in 1974, Down Syndrome SA (DSSA – previously the Down Syndrome Society of South Australia) has for many years provided an holistic, comprehensive and seamless programme of education, life skills, advice and support, advocacy, activities and respite for people with Down syndrome and similar chromosomal disorders, and their parents and carers.

This project request related to the Dance Down performance troupe and was requesting a once off grant to contribute towards the cost of new costumes. DSSA have 25 young adults with Down Syndrome who weekly train and regularly perform at events.

Suneden Special School

Sensory play space
Suneden Special School was founded in 1943 and is an independent, not-for-profit, non-denominational school that caters to approximately 60 students aged 5 to 21 years with intellectual and multiple disabilities. Approximately 70% of the students have Autism; other medical conditions the students experience include Down Syndrome, Fragile X Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy and Global Developmental Delay.

Many of the students at Suneden Special School, particularly students with Autism, experience challenges processing sensory information and self-regulating their sensory and behavioural responses. Alternative learning and development settings are required to support their needs and to facilitate their engagement in curriculum and other activities.

Consequently, the school is creating a new outdoor sensory play space especially designed for the students and the first of its kind in South Australia.

Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA)

New trot poles for Oakbank centre
In 2014 RDA relocated their state office from Maylands to Oakbank and no longer had access to trot poles. They use these poles to teach lessons, using them to set up trail & traffic courses for riders to navigate different courses, or to step over when training horses.

The UCF small grant was used to buy twenty new 3-metre poles in the centre’s colours.

WARNING: Only watch the incredibly moving and inspiring video if you have a box of tissues handy!

Technical Aid to the Disabled (TADSA)

e-Reader Loan Program – Adelaide
Technical Aid to the Disabled SA Inc. offers a unique service, providing one-off solutions to help people with disabilities. Their dedicated band of technical volunteers design, make or modify equipment not readily available, to suit individual needs.

The organisation consists of a group of approximately 50 volunteers with a wide range of technical skills and 3 part-time paid staff.