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www.idpwd.com.au Excellence in Innovation Award AbilityMate, NSW "We’re living in an era of design where human invention, empowered by technology could reshape the lives of people with disabilities for the better.” Melissa Fuller, co-founder AbilityMate AbilityMate is a social enterprise that combines the power of 3D printing with human-centred design to co-create assistive technology with Australians with disability. In recent years, AbilityMate has under taken a number of initiatives that focus on improving accessibility and innovating new assistive products. AbilityMate collaborates with people with disability, their families, healthcare providers and mission-driven organisations to ensure its products are human- centred, clinically-safe and fulfil the needs of the community. AbilityMate is focused on ensuring that custom-made assistive products can be accessed affordably by all. Lesley Hall Leadership Award Sue Salthouse, ACT “Celebrating International Day of People with Disability is an important annual milestone. It gives us all a chance to reflect on the place of people with disabilities as citizens in our communities.” Sue Salthouse Sue is a leading advocate for change. The realisation of the human rights and fundamental freedoms of people with disabilities are on her agenda. She has extensive experience in advocacy and leadership roles in promoting equality for women and the full inclusion of people with disabilities in society. Sue has had many oppor tunities through her various positions including Chair of Women with Disabilities ACT, ACT Official Visitor for Disability and Co-chair of the ACT Disability Exper t Panel advising the ACT Government on the implementation of the National Disability Strategy and the National Disability Insurance Scheme to par tner with like- minded colleagues in fur thering this work. linkonline.com.au International Day of People with Disability 29