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Global Accessibility Awareness Day (May 21, 2020) encourages everyone to start talking, thinking, and learning about inclusive digital access for people with disability.

The recent unprecedented world events have meant that many businesses and services have had to adapt to a new, digital format.

Afford champions inclusivity in the delivery of all its services. Whether it is establishing a national online service to connect individuals with allied health supports, or something as simple as incorporating captions into videos, we encourage inclusivity to Australians of all abilities.

Afford TeleCare – Contact-Free Allied Health Supports

Afford launched Afford TeleCare to give people living with disability across the country access to essential allied health supports. It’s a contact-free, virtual platform where clients connect with professionals for occupational therapy, psychology and other therapies for continued physical and mental health and wellbeing.

Watch: Find out more about Afford TeleCare.  

Afford TeleCare is available for existing and new clients who wish to access this service. Afford is committed to developing new methods of delivering disability supports so that every person has the opportunity to achieve their goals and feel assisted during COVID-19 under the NDIS.

Afford Staff Assist Clients Access Online Supports

Staff across Afford services, such as day programs, are helping individuals access online supports. Lifestyle Assistants in Afford Day Programs are there to provide encouragement and learning opportunities for clients to access virtual supports for wellbeing.

David attends Afford’s Noble Park Day Program in Victoria where staff support him to login to online sessions to continue developing his muscles, movement and flexibility. For David, these sessions help him stay fit and maintain a positive mindset.

With support from lifestyle assistants on-site, David has learned how to use a computer with confidence and create an account to log in for his therapy sessions.

The sessions begin with a chat between David and his therapist about his progress and how he is feeling. Together they go through different exercises. David uses objects around the site, such as a chair or desk, to do his stretches. He can talk to his therapist at any time via the video link. His therapist can instruct him on how to do specific exercises and make corrections if necessary.

Digital Supports to Live Your Best Life

Advancements in technology mean that digital supports are on the rise. Here are free apps that help people with disability around the world to live life to the full.

  • Be My Eyes(Download for iOSAndroid): Connects you with a global community of volunteers who lend their eyesight to help you do everyday tasks.
  • Wheelmap(Download for iOSAndroid): Helps you find wheelchair accessible places worldwide.
  • RIDBC Auslan Tutor Key Signs (Download for iOSAndroid): Learn how to communicate 150 common               Auslan signs.

Find out more about Afford service delivery during COVID-19 and how you can access allied health and other supports through Afford TeleCare and Afford Care.