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23 January 2020 at 4:12 pm
Luke Michael
A new website will provide disability support equipment to people in bushfire areas

Luke Michael | 23 January 2020 at 4:12 pm


Bushfire support comes for people with disability
23 January 2020 at 4:12 pm

A new website will provide disability support equipment to people in bushfire areas

An Australian charity has launched a bushfire relief website to help people with disability get much-needed equipment during times of crisis.

IDEAS’ eBility Bushfire Relief website aims to provide essential resources for Australians with disability who are starting to recover from the bushfires, especially in areas where NDIS support is not available. 

The items ­– such as wheelchairs, walkers and scooters – have been donated or lent out for free. People with disability in bushfire areas can also request wanted items.

IDEAS executive officer Diana Palmer said that the website was a critical resource for people with disability because access to necessary equipment was typically much more difficult during an emergency.

“The website is a grassroots initiative to support people with disability to recover from the bushfires and access essential items and equipment that support their needs,” Palmer said.

“By facilitating the community to list items that are readily available, we can fast track access and protect the mobility and dignity of anyone in need.”

Palmer said the site’s matching service meant goods can be as close as possible to a person’s needs without the delay and issues that comes with warehousing, manhandling and distribution.

“The Ebility website fills a gap, while the NDIA gets its specialist assistance and equipment replacement processes in order,” she said.

“It means that people will be less isolated and maintain more of their independence in the wake of the fire emergency.” 

People in fire-affected areas without access to the internet can also access information and resources through IDEAS toll free number on 1800 029 904, available Monday to Friday, from 8am to 8pm.   

Luke Michael  |  Journalist  |  @luke_michael96

Luke Michael is a journalist at Pro Bono News covering the social sector.

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