My name is Joseph and I have been working at TADWA for 4 years. I build Attendant Steering Bikes for children with cerebral palsy. This involves adapting standard bicycles by adding rear steering and braking systems so that a parent or carer can be in control of the bike while allowing the child to experience the joy and freedom of riding a bike while exercising their lower limbs.
Without TIG welding skills this second process of adding the rear adaption to the bikes had to be done by co-workers with TIG welding skills and experience. With these new skills and credentials, I can now complete this process myself. This will also give me job security and enable me to work independently and complete the adaption process from start to finish.
Without the Rocky Bay Wishing Tree providing the funding for this course none of this would have been possible. I am grateful to the Rocky Bay Wishing Tree committee who granted funding for a TIG course through Choice Industrial Training. The Management and trainers at Choice have been very accommodating and have adapted the workshop to accommodate my disability. They installed ramps for my wheelchair and provided me with a designated parking bay so that it is easy for me to park my car close to the entrance. The welding bays have adjustable height benches allowing them to be adjusted to the right height for me to work at.
Thank you Rocky Bay for the financial and moral support you have provided. It has made a huge difference to my life and my independence.
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