Two brothers in Melbourne are using technology to “re-enable” themselves – and helping others do the same.
Identical twins Chris and Nick Fryer have used 3D printing tools to create robots, drones, wheelchair support frames and computer aids.

Living by their mantra, it’s not people that are broken, it’s technology that’s broken, identical twins Chris and Nick Fryer have used 3D printing tools to create robots, drones, wheelchair support frames and computer aids.

Nick and Chris were both diagnosed with Duchenne strain of muscular dystrophy when they were eight.

Now 37, they are using home-made technological aids to enrich their lives.

The 7.8 magnitude earthquake that rocked Nepal on 25 April 2015 continues to have devastating consequences for the people and environment of Nepal. Damage is especially serious in Kathmandu, the country’s capital city, where a reported 75% of buildings have been damaged or destroyed.

Nationally, 7,500 people lost their lives while almost 20,000 have suffered injuries and hundreds of thousands have lost their homes.

As the country turns its attention to the relief effort ahead, it is with the knowledge that it will be a tough road to recovery, partly due to the harsh terrain covering much of the nation.

Along with countless others, Workability International Member, NRCD Nepal, has been affected by this tragedy. Last week we heard from company President Ram Prasad Dhungana. He writes:

Dear Patrick Maher,

Namaste and warm greetings from NRCD Nepal!

It was almost no chance to be here with you if we were at home during the time while the devastating earthquake happened on 25th April at 11.57am. I along with my all family members and NRCD Family were celebrating New Year's Eve as per Nepalese calendar exchanging greetings, eating delicious food in the picnic just 15 kilometre away from Kathmandu city.

US technology giant Microsoft has launched a pilot program to hire autistic workers at its headquarters in Washington state.

'People with autism bring strengths that we need at Microsoft,' Mary Ellen Smith, a corporate vice president wrote in a company blog last week.

'Each individual is different, some have amazing ability to retain information, think at a level of detail and depth or excel in math or code. It's a talent pool that we want to continue to bring to Microsoft!'

Australian not-for-profit disability service provider Northcott has launched a new subsidiary named Northcott Innovation. Described as a “radical new organisation,” the subsidiary will be dedicated to co-creating creative and unexpected solutions to support people with disability.

“We will work on projects and initiatives that make real improvements to inclusion by innovatively using equipment and technology, redesigning services and supports and driving social change,” said Northcott Innovation Executive Director Liz Forsyth.

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