Local Federal MP Jason Clare visited Guildford start-up company AbilityMate last Thursday to discuss their ‘Magic Shoes’, which are changing the lives of children with walking disabilities.
AbilityMate uses 3D printing technology to create tailored orthotics for children with disabilities such as cerebral palsy.
Mr Clare said, “This is a terrific local start-up that is changing the lives of kids with cerebral palsy.”
Mr Clare was accompanied by Emma Husar MP, who is also a member of the joint standing committee on the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
Cerebral palsy is the most common physical disability for Australian children. One child is born with cerebral palsy every 15 hours, and the wait for orthotics can be up to a year. However, AbilityMate is able to produce tailored orthotics within 48 hours of the original scanning process.
Mr Clare encourages those who are interested in finding out further information to attend the Magic Shoes Project lunch on the 13 September.
For more information on AbilityMate go to http://www.abilitymate.com/.