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Mobile phones for people with disability

14 February 2014



Minister for Disability and Ageing John Ajaka today visited Community Connections Australia in Parramatta to inspect their innovative Jeenee Mobile operation, which specialises in providing mobile solutions to support people living with disability.

"Jeenee Mobile adapts smart phones and tablets to address the barriers people living with disability encounter when they use technology already available on the market,"Minister Ajaka said.

"This way, their clients are becoming more confident in getting out and about and being more engaged in their communities.

"What this organisation delivers is something special – the services they provide are real game changers for people with disability, their carers and families, enabling greater independence for those who need it most.

"This is why the NSW Government has provided more than $6.9 million over three years to start up and support the fantastic services provided."

Member for Parramatta Geoff Lee said the centrepiece of Jeenee Mobile is its 24/7 Big Help Service  – a Sydney based centre staffed by people specifically trained in disability.

"Clients are encouraged to call the service for assistance. To contact the call centre, the client only need press the custom fitted big red button on their phone to be connected," Mr Lee said.

"It gives peace of mind not only to people with disability but it also assures parents, friends and carers their loved one is able to access help when they are out and about and are unaccompanied."

Clients currently receiving individualised funding packages from the NSW Government could be eligible to purchase a Jeenee mobile plan through their package.

To find out if you or the person you care for is eligible contact www.jeenee.org.au or www.adhc.nsw.au.

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