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Bradley, who has severe disabilities, really enjoys cooking, but needs an adjustable height table to accommodate his wheelchair

Bradley loves cooking.

But it’s not easy for him.

Now 38 years old, Bradley has cerebral palsy and is partially blind.

No one knows how much he can really see,” says his mum Beverley, “because he can’t tell us.

Bradley attends Able Australia’s Day Centre in Reservoir, Victoria.

This service is located in a converted home, but frankly, we’ve outgrown it. As the number of people we support with multiple and severe disabilities grows, we need to grow too.  The current building just isn’t big enough.

Even the sensory room and art therapy sessions have to be located in a separate area that you can only access via an outside ramp.

This is why Able has found a bigger and more suitable building in Northcote to house the service.

While the new building is large and spacious, it needs to be completely renovated. It used to house an old taxi service, so I’m sure you can imagine how much will need to be done.

But we urgently need funds to build a kitchen suitable for use by people like Bradley who have significant disabilities.

The specialist equipment and fit out needed for the kitchen is going to cost $46,000.

Will you help raise the $46,000 to renovate and equip this special kitchen?

Why does it cost so much?

When you are working with people who have a disability the equipment – workbenches, tables, sink, stove and so on – need to be adjustable in height.

You might expect to pay a few hundred dollars for a nice wooden table in your kitchen.

An adjustable height table, designed to cater for people in different types of wheelchairs, costs closer to $5,000.

You and I can buy an inexpensive electric kettle for $20 or $30.

But a kettle that can be safely poured by someone with difficulties holding a kettle is priced at $82.

You and I can buy simple cutlery cheaply.

But special cutlery designed to be easily held by someone who has weakness or a lack of control in their hands can cost $27 for a single fork or spoon!

Doorways need to be wider than normal to accommodate differently sized wheelchairs, and if possible, the doors should be automatic to make it easier for wheelchairs to get in and out.

Even ovens need to be side opening so everyone can use them safely.

Bradley gets real pleasure out of cooking, and he’s developing his skills.

With a bit of help he can mix ingredients, then roll out pastry and cut it into required shapes using a cup.

It’s a big achievement for him and you can see he enjoys it.

By giving today, you’ll help give Bradley and others like Bradley a new kitchen that will meet their needs and allow them to achieve their potential for learning about food and cooking.