What Do We Do?
We're on a mission to improve the quality of life for people living with spinal cord injuries. We do this by:
raising funds to assist those in financial need to access rehabilitation and to purchase equipment; and
breaking down myths and stereotypes of disability to empower people with disabilities to achieve their full potential.
We currently fund seven individuals in financial need to undertake an activity-based therapy program for spinal cord injuries at the NeuroMoves facility in Footscray, Victoria. NeuroMoves is the exercise services branch of Spinal Cord Injuries Australia.
We're also proud to have built a community of more than 500 supporters and partners, with whom we dance, laugh and share open conversations to break down the myths and stereotypes about disability. Through this community, we're making moves to change the narrative around disability from one of pity to one of empowerment and potential.
Our Signature Moves
Each year, we make a variety of moves to support people with disabilities. Most important among these are: our flagship summer fundraiser and community event, our involvement in the Red Bull ‘Wings For Life’ global run, and our generation of online content and news-sharing.
Wheels in Motion is proud to have raised more than $125,000 AUD, to date, through our flagship summer events. In 2017, our 'Move With Us' event raised more than $60,000 to support young Australians living with spinal cord injuries, through a generous combination of individual donations and corporate sponsorship. This builds on more than $47,000 raised by the 'Laneway Launch' in 2016, and an initial $18,500, raised in 2015.
This year, we’re launching an online video campaign to shift how we think about disability. People with disabilities are often called inspirational or heroic for going about their every day lives. While these comments are meant to encourage, they often have the dangerous effect of limiting potential and undermining self-esteem. They speak to a broader problem of low expectations of people with disabilities in society, and negative misconceptions about living with a disability.
We’re #notstandingforit any longer. Are you?