Our Mission & History

Our Mission

To solve equipment related problems faced by people with disabilities, of all ages, through the design, construction or modification of equipment where the need cannot be met commercially.

We achieve our mission through the:

Provision of specialised technical advice to clients and their carers, and referral to other organisations able to assist when we cannot.

Design and construction of equipment otherwise commercially unavailable,

Modification of commercially available equipment to suit clients special needs.

Our History

An ergonomist and mechanical engineer founded Solve Disability Solutions (then known as TADVIC) in 1975. On March 25th 1976, they held a meeting of 18 people ranging from engineers to an occupational therapist and a toolmaker. Basing its organisational structure and aims on the Sydney-based Technical Aid to the Disabled, TADVIC's services and reputation grew quickly, and in February 1977, TADVIC was incorporated as a co-operative society.

The original board of directors was chaired by founder Mark Dohrmann, who still sits on the Solve Disability Solutions board. In 1980 TADVIC employed its first part time occupational therapist.

Starting with a modest 55 metropolitan projects in the first year, the number of people benefiting from Solve Disability Solutions' services has grown significantly. As well as its original metropolitan base, Solve Disability Solutions now has ten regional branches and over 160 active volunteers. Solve Disability Solutions completes over 650 projects in metropolitan and regional areas of Victoria each year.

In 2008, TADVIC launched it's Freedom Wheels Modified Bike Program, enabling children with disabilities to ride a bike for the first time. In 2009, TADVIC was announced winner of the inaugural Premier's Community Volunteering Achievement Award. In 2010, TADVIC changed it's organisational structure to become an Incorporated Association.

In 2013, TADVIC changed its name to Solve Disability Solutions.

Throughout its history Solve Disability Solutions aim has remained the same; to give practical assistance to people with disabilities, by building or modifying equipment that meets their specific needs, when no commercial solution exists.

Page updated: 30 June 2017