Disability Equipment Grant recipient Brian Piggott shared his experiences with Disability Services Minister Donna Faragher today when she visited the Independent Living Centre WA (ILC) to present a $2,369,652 Lotterywest certificate for the continuation of the grants program.
Brian was cleaning leaves off his roof a couple of years ago when his ladder slipped causing him to fall.
As a result of the accident Brian obtained a head injury together with a spinal injury which caused paraplegia. Two years on and after a long journey to recovery Brian’s zest for life, including his love of caravanning, shines through him.
Thanks to a Disability Equipment Grant Brian was able to access an occupational therapy driver assessment and driving lessons with the ILC. He also obtained funding assistance to modify his car with a hoist and to purchase driving modifications including a spinner knob and hand control with remote switches.
ILC Chief Executive Officer Gerri Clay said assistive equipment and technology can help a person to maintain their independence so these grants have a significant impact on the quality of people’s lives.
“Driving is such an important part of Brian’s independence and he loves to explore Western Australia with his wife Elaine through caravanning. This grant has helped towards enabling Brian to drive and importantly to continue to do the things in life that he enjoys.”
“This is what the Disability Equipment Grant grant program is all about,” said Ms Clay.
“I would like to thank Lotterywest for supporting this important grants program and for making a difference to the lives of many Western Australians with disability.”
The DEG program aims to assist Western Australians with disability to obtain specific items of equipment they cannot afford and that are unavailable through other funding.
The ILC has administered the DEG program since 2003 and over that period it has helped thousands of people with disability to obtain vehicle modifications, specialised assistive technology and other essential independence equipment.
In 2015-16, 712 Western Australians with disability obtained equipment through the program.
The ILC is a centre of excellence for information, advice and expertise about the best assistive technology and equipment available for people with disability in WA.
Image from left to right: Lotterywest Senior Grants Officer Lucy Reynolds and Board member Maria Harries, DEG recipient Brian Piggott (with wife Elaine standing behind), the Hon Donna Faragher, ILC WA CEO Gerri Clay, Lotterywest Chairperson Heather Zampatti and ILC Board Member Melissa Bramley.